The best landing spot for former St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube

2020 NHL All-Star - Media Day
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Craig Berube's coaching future remains uncertain for the next season. Considering his exceptional resume and renowned reputation in the league, it's highly probable that he'll secure a top job.

Berube has been linked to most openings and is listed as a favorite candidate for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and New Jersey Devils.

One opening seems to make the most sense

Like the Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets had a strong season and placed second in the Central Division.

While many speculate that Berube might be drawn to the New Jersey opening, given its proximity to his offseason home in Philadelphia, the Winnipeg Jets offer him a unique and compelling opportunity. The Jets, with their strong team and impressive performance, could be the perfect fit for Berube's coaching style and ambitions.

First, they finished the season with 110 points, ranking as the second-best team in the West.

Moreover, the Jets offer Berube a sense of familiarity. As a seasoned coach, he is well-acquainted with the teams in the Central Division, which could give him an edge when strategizing against fellow divisional rivals.

While Blues fans might not want to hear this, there is a third reason Berube might end up in Winnipeg. Berube is a fierce competitor. The opportunity to compete at a high level against the team that fired him might spark further interest in him. In Winnipeg, he would seek to show Blues general manager Doug Armstrong that firing him was a horrible decision.

Finally, the Jets provide a much more stable environment than New Jersey.

If Berube wants to enter a "win now" situation, he should lean towards offers from Toronto or Winnipeg.

If he wishes to be closer to home, anticipate his presence in New Jersey.

An offer must be presented. Like Drew Bannister, Berube's negotiations are most likely being conducted behind closed doors, leaving the possibility open for him to sign with a new club at any moment.

We wish him well.