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Head coach Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues looks on against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at the United Center as we look at our Maple Leafs next head coach odds.
Head coach Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues looks on against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at the United Center. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP.

After the Toronto Maple Leafs fired Sheldon Keefe on Thursday, we're breaking down the Maple Leafs next head coach odds from one of our best NHL betting sites.

The Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Sheldon Keefe on Thursday after yet another quick exit from the playoffs.

The Leafs pushed the Boston Bruins to the absolute brink during the first round before falling in overtime of Game 7, and now their 2023-24 season gets added to a stack of wasted quality campaigns.

Toronto qualified for the playoffs during each of Keefe's five seasons behind the bench, including when he took over midseason in 2019-20. A team brimming with offensive talent and a 69-goal scorer in Auston Matthews has recorded three straight seasons with 100-plus points. However, the Leafs continually crater during the playoffs, and they've now won just a single series since 2003-04.

Expectations were sky-high after the Leafs began the 2023-24 season sitting tied for second in our Stanley Cup odds. Now they're searching for a new direction.

Here's a look at the Maple Leafs next head coach odds with implied probability via our odds converter, and odds from one of our top books that offers Ontario sports betting.

Maple Leafs next head coach odds

(Maple Leafs next head coach odds as of May 9 via FanDuel)

CoachOddsImplied probability
Craig Berube+10548.78%
Dean Evason+47017.54%
Gerard Gallant+47017.54%
Joel Quenneville+50016.67%
Todd McLellan+50016.67%
Jay Woodcroft+75011.76%
Guy Boucher+10009.09%
Mike Sullivan+19005.00%
Bruce Boudreau+22004.35%
Daryl Sutter+60001.64%

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Favorite to be the next Maple Leafs head coach

Craig Berube

Berube is the overwhelming favorite at +105, and there's a steep dropoff in the odds before Dean Evason and Gerard Gallant (+470). And then Berube is also miles ahead of both Joel Quenneville and Todd McLellan (+500).

NHL insiders speak highly of his chances too, including and most notably Darren Dreger of TSN.

Berube isn't too far removed from reaching the pinnacle of the sport while guiding the then upstart St. Louis Blues to a Stanley Cup victory in 2018-19. That came after the Blues missed the playoffs during the previous season. The championship also halted the Blues' lengthy Stanley Cup drought at 50 years, leaving the Maple Leafs with the longest such streak now after not winning since 1967.

However, Berube's St. Louis teams won only one series during the next four seasons, including missing the playoffs in 2022-23. The team then dismissed him midseason in December 2023, when the Blues held a 13-14-1 record.

Best odds: +105 via FanDuel

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Maples Leafs head coach FAQs

Who is the favorite to be the next Maple Leafs head coach?

Craig Berube is the favorite, and he's well ahead of the field while getting +105 odds. Dean Evason and Gerard Gallant are the next closest at +470.

When will the Maple Leafs hire their next head coach?

There's rarely a certain timeline, but the offseason moves fast and teams generally want top-level personnel in place before important dates. The NHL draft is on June 28, with free agency beginning on July 1.

When did the Maple Leafs last win the Stanley Cup?

The Maple Leafs infamously haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967. They're still enduring easily the longest championship drought in the NHL.

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