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Hiring Craig Berube made too much sense: Leafs Morning Take

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Nick Alberga
24 days ago
The Craig Berube era is officially underway in Toronto.
On Tuesday morning, the Leafs officially unveiled the 58-year-old as the 41st head coach in franchise history.
Now the hard work truly begins.
First and foremost, we kicked off the Tuesday edition of Leafs Morning Take by discussing Game 7 between Edmonton and Vancouver. What a dogfight. Ultimately, the Oilers stood tall and will face off with the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final. Incredible, there are only four teams standing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s almost June!
Presented by Greta Bar YYZ, the opening segment was fully dedicated to breaking down what we heard from Berube at his introductory press conference. He was concise, he was direct. Most importantly, he set a tone for what’s the come. Furthermore, Brad Treliving disclosed that he met or spoke to up to 9 different candidates for the job, but ultimately, it kept coming back to Berube. He called Berube a “perfect fit for the group.” All in all, it was pretty much what we expected. They didn’t tackle many of the hard-hitting topics. From the beginning, it felt like Berube was the right guy from the job.

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After that, made possible by Wendy’s, we talked about the possibility of running back the Core Four under Berube. At the end of the day, there are no guarantees that Mitch Marner is even opening to waiving his no-trade clause. We’ll see what transpires over the next couple months, but there’s no question that the Leafs have to be prepared for pretty much anything.

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With that in mind, we wrapped by discussing some free agent targets. Apparently, Nikita Zadorov wants 6 x 6. Is that too steep of a price? Also, it sounds like the Leafs will be very interested in Brandon Montour and/or Brett Pesce —provided both blue liners actually get to market.
Join us on Wednesday at 11 AM as we continue to break down Tuesday’s presser and what could be next for the organization as a whole.
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