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TSN's Darren Dreger reports the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to name Craig Berube as their new head coach, beating out Todd McLellan.

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ head coaching search appears to be nearing its conclusion, with TSN insider Darren Dreger reporting that the team is expected to announce Craig Berube as their new bench boss on Tuesday.

Speaking on TSN 1050 radio, Dreger stated that while former Los Angeles Kings head coach Todd McLellan was also a finalist, Berube has emerged as the frontrunner.

Leafs to Announce Berube as Head Coach on Tuesday

Berube, 58, brings a wealth of experience and a Stanley Cup pedigree to Toronto. In his nine-year NHL head coaching career, split between the Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues. Berube has compiled a 281-190-72 record. He notably led the Blues to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship in 2019, becoming just the sixth coach in NHL history to win the Cup after taking over mid-season.

Known for his demanding style and emphasis on defensive structure, Berube seems like an ideal fit for a Leafs team that has struggled to find playoff success despite boasting elite offensive talent. His ability to instill a hard-nosed, disciplined approach could be the missing ingredient to finally push Toronto over the hump.

The reported hiring of Berube represents a significant shift in direction for the Leafs, who parted ways with Sheldon Keefe after another disappointing first-round exit. With Berube at the helm, the team is clearly signaling a commitment to a more defensive-minded identity.

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