3 Head Coach Options for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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Craig Berube

Craig Berube is considered by many to be the best head coach currently available on the open market.

There were rumblings that he was close to becoming the new head coach of the Ottawa Senators, but the Sens weren't willing to pay the price for the salary Berube was seeking.

The Sens loss could be the Leafs gain. Money is not an issue with MLSE, so I don't see Treliving having to work too hard at selling a Berube signing to upper management.

Berube has a 281-190-72 record through 543 games coached. He has also coached in 58 playoff games and has one Stanley Cup championship to his credit with the 2018-19 St. Louis Blues. He took over as the Blues head coach after the Blues started the season with a 7-9-3 record.

With his help, the Blues were able to turn their season around and even had an 11-game winning streak. The Blues went 38-19-6 that season with Berube as head coach and finished 2nd in their division. (All stats from hockey-reference.com)

It might take a while for the Leafs players to adjust to Berube and his way of doing things, but that's what preseason and training camp are for. If he is brought into the Leafs organization early enough, he will have time to phone each of the players and inform them of how he plans on running things. Ideally, the Leafs should hire him before the NHL draft in June.