In the span of just a few months, Craig Berube has completely turned around the St. Louis Blues and has them through to the Western Conference Final. He’s done all of that under the title of interim head coach, without any declaration from the front office that tag would be removed at the end of the year. Today, speaking with reporters including Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic ahead of the third round, GM Doug Armstrong made it clear where the Blues’ coaching search is headed. Sitting next to Berube, Armstrong said the candidate list is now “a list of one” but that they will talk about the future after the season is over.
It comes as very little surprise that Berube will be the man to lead the Blues into the future. When the team decided to move on from Mike Yeo in November, they were 7-9-3 and floundering at both ends of the ice. That didn’t switch immediately when they installed Berube, quite the opposite. The team proceeded to lose ten of their next 18 games and when the calendar turned over to January they were tied with the Ottawa Senators for last place in the entire NHL with just 34 points. Then, the turnaround began.