Ryan Reaves candidly opens up on the Maple Leafs new head coach Craig Berube

Julien Trekker
June 17, 2024  (11:48)

Toronto Maple Leafs' Ryan Reaves in a press conference.
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The enforcer Ryan Reaves candidly opened up about the Toronto Maple Leafs' new head coach, Craig Berube, in an interview.

Under Sheldon Keefe, Leafs fans didn't get to see Ryan Reaves playing at his usual level. Unfortunately, it looked almost like Keefe struggled to coach him.
With Craig Berube, a former enforcer in the NHL, coming in to replace him, we can expect Ryan Reaves and other tough players to step up their game thanks to the coach's insights.
Reaves, who still has two seasons left on his deal with the Leafs, opened up about his first meeting with Berube, what the coach will bring that Keefe couldn't, and how players are looking forward to playing under him:
"I got to sit with him briefly after the season once he was hired. I think he's just gonna bring a new attitude."

"A new swagger that obviously the team has been missing. I'm excited to play for him."

"He was really liked in St. Louis. I never got to play for him there; I missed him by a year and a half, but I talked to guys about him, and everybody kind of says the same thing, they would go through a wall for the guy."

"I think that's an important aspect for a team and coach, so yeah, I think it's gonna be a fun year with him."
Leafs fans will hope to see Reaves, 37, having a strong season next year. Now that he has acclimated himself to Toronto and its market, he can focus on hockey and hopefully take his game to another level with Berube's help.
Do you think Ryan Reaves will be better under the Toronto Maple Leafs' new head coach, Craig Berube, than he was with Sheldon Keefe?