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Report: Leafs talked coaching job with Berube, McLellan

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have met with Craig Berube and Todd McLellan as part of their search for a new head coach, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.

Berube was fired by the St. Louis Blues in December, while McLellan was let go by the Los Angeles Kings in February. The Leafs relieved Sheldon Keefe of his duties last week after his fourth first-round exit in five years on the job.

After firing Keefe, Toronto general manager Brad Treliving said the club's coaching search will begin immediately. At a press conference Friday, Treliving noted he's seeking a bench boss that can help Leafs players with the intangibles it takes to win in the playoffs.

Berube was with the Blues for parts of six seasons, amassing a 206-132-44 record. He helped guide St. Louis to the Stanley Cup in 2019 despite the club sitting at the bottom of the league standings when he took over.

The 58-year-old also had a two-year stint with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2013-15.

McLellan has led the San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers, and Kings dating back to the start of his head coaching career in 2008. He's 598-412-134 across 16 years and has earned nine playoff berths. The 56-year-old is a two-time Jack Adams Award finalist.

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