The Toronto Maple Leafs Need a Coaching Change

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Craig Berube

Craig Berube has been a head coach in the NHL for eight seasons.

He has coached some awful teams but still managed to compile a record of 281-190-72. Berube struck gold during the 2018-19 season when he coached the St. Louis Blues to a 38-19-6 record after taking over the team from Mike Yeo (7-9-3). He then coached the Blues to a 16-10 record in the playoffs to become the 2019 Stanley Cup champions.

Berube is currently available due to being fired by the Blues after a slow start with a 13-14-1 record for 27 points in 28 games. Berube recently joined Nick Alberga and Jay Rosehill on the Leafs Nation podcast and stated that it would be an honor to coach for the Leafs if they gave him the opportunity. Now, we wait and see if Treliving gives Berube that opportunity.

With the type of coach Berube is and the style he likes to play, I think he and Treliving would work well together. To me, Berube is the type of coach who can get the most out of guys like Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi. The stars of the team will always be the stars and will usually find a way to put the puck in the net. It's the secondary guys and the grinders who need a push, and I think Berube can do that.

At the end of the day, the Leafs need to be harder to play against, and I think Berube could make that happen.