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Mike Armenti
May 17, 2024  (4:27 PM)
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Elliotte Friedman revealed on Friday that the Toronto Maple Leafs and veteran coach Craig Berube are "far down the road" on deal to make him the team's new coach.

Friedman shared the news late Friday afternoon ahead of the start of the May long weekend, confirming that talks between the Leafs and Berube have intensified. He also stated that he'd be surprised if Berube isn't named the next Maple Leafs head coach.
"Nothing is finalized, but multiple sources indicated Friday that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Craig Berube are far down the road on the process of becoming the team's next head coach.

The Maple Leafs brought Berube to the city last week for an in-person interview. Among others they have spoken to are Gerard Gallant and Todd McLellan.

Nothing is done until it is done, but it would be a surprise at this point if Berube is not the next Toronto coach."
-Friedman on Berube and the Leafs

Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli took things a step further and actually stated that his sources have confirmed that Berube will be the 41st coach in Maple Leafs history, so there are certainly legs to these rumours.
Hearing this news makes the Marc Savard report on Friday make even more sense. Savard served under Berube as an assistant in St. Louis back in 2019-20, so it would make sense that he'd potentially want to reunite with his former assistant in Toronto.
While nothing is officially official yet, things do appear to be beginning to take shape in Toronto. No word yet on what any of this means for the rest of the Leafs' coaching staff, including Guy Boucher, Dean Chynoweth, Manny Malhotra and Mike Van Ryn - though it is worth noting that Van Ryn worked under Berube in St. Louis as well.
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