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Could Craig Berube be the answer to the Leafs' coaching woes? Insider reports suggest he's the top candidate to replace Keefe.

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff woes continue, and the heat is most definitely on head coach Sheldon Keefe. After yet another disappointing first-round exit, the calls for a coaching change are growing louder by the day.

Now, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman has thrown fuel on the fire, suggesting on his 32 Thoughts podcast that Keefe’s days are numbered and Craig Berube is the frontrunner to replace him.

Berube, a Stanley Cup winner with the St. Louis Blues, is currently out of a job after being fired mid-season. Known for his hard-nosed, no-nonsense coaching style, he could be exactly the shakeup the Leafs desperately need.

Craig Berube: The Next Toronto Maple Leafs Coach?

  • Accountability: The Leafs have become known for their lack of accountability, especially among their star players. Berube wouldn’t stand for that – he demands hard work and effort from everyone on the roster, regardless of their paycheck.
  • Defensive Structure: The Leafs have long been criticized for their porous defense. Berube is a defensive mastermind, and his tough systems would bring much-needed structure to the blue line.
  • Playoff Experience: Berube has been there and done that – he knows what it takes to win in the playoffs. The Leafs’ current core has consistently fallen short, and Berube’s experience could be the key to finally breaking through.

Of course, this is all speculation at this point. But Friedman is one of the most respected hockey insiders in the game, and his words carry weight. If the Leafs are serious about making a change behind the bench, Berube is a name they simply have to consider.

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