Last spring, the Toronto Maple Leafs fell into the talented team’s trap against a roster headed to the playoffs through the back door.
It was a matter of formality.
Two weeks later, Carrie Price and that defensive squad did the unthinkable. The Canadian eliminated the Leafs because Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and their group thought they were safe staying in their comfort zone.
They were trapped. As in previous years when they failed in the final matches.
Can we jump to the same conclusion this year?
Some would say they dropped the series in Game #4. Maybe. But, let’s not forget that they were up against the defending champion, the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that over the past few years has learned to win. A team that overcomes obstacles by challenging adversity.
Saturday’s final showed that clearly. When Brayden Point fell in battle, he thought it was the end of the lightning. How can he resist one of the best teams in the league?
Once again, Lightning players had an answer. They presented a clinic on the art of facing an opponent. How many blocked shots? And from? Little everyone. They fought like a champ knows how to do: show plenty of energy and avoid any ups and downs. And in the network, Andrei Vasilevsky was once again brilliant.
Matthews and Marner
Back in Toronto the season ends in disappointment. But this time around, the Maple Leafs have nothing to be ashamed of with their performance.
They were facing a giant. Matthews and Marner made a commendable effort except that they were asked to stand out at the most strategic moments, but they didn’t score. In fact, they had to make a difference. Not fulfilled again.
Do we expect changes at the administrative level? Brendan Shanahan and Kyle Dupas have built a great team. Amazing formation.
But it is ultimately the victories that affect the decision makers. The Leafs have failed not without suffering, without a fight, but they are unable to get out of the quagmire they have been bogged down in for years, that is, to learn how to win the final.
Will there be any staffing changes? No doubt. If Dubas and Shanahan continue the adventure, and if they get the owners’ blessing, they will have to find quick solutions. time is passing.
Auston Matthews will play next year, the fourth season of his five-year contract. Remember, he turned down a seven- or eight-year deal.
So, after next season, we will know what plan the league’s top scorer has for the rest of his career. from 1Verse July 2023, Leafs will be able to begin negotiations with Matthews who will enter the final year of his contract.
Does he want to stay in Toronto?
It will be a file that will arouse speculation, a file that will monopolize all attention.
When Matthews called for a five-year deal, did we conclude he might eventually leave Toronto?
If the momentum continues, it will break the bank. Whether in Toronto or at home in the United States. He made a business decision and a decision that would give him many options.
Therefore, the leaders of the leaves, during after death In front of the owners, they will have to develop a business model with future prospects that can go through several turmoil in the not too distant future.
In another vein, Patrice Bergeron noted, after eliminating the Boston Bruins, against a superior team, the Carolina Hurricanes. He stayed on the ice, hugged each of the Bruins players and then headed to his team’s locker room.
Later, he answered when asked if he would be back next year, leaving it to him that he would take his time before announcing his decision.
The Bruins captain just completed his 18th season with this team. 1,216 regular season games and 147 playoff games. He is the image of this team, a player who has always given his foundation well, a skater who belongs to this group of athletes admired and adored by the sports fans of this great region.
Brad Marchand, shaken by the Bruins’ defeat, especially at the prospect of it being his teammate’s last game for life, has made no secret of the fact that he sees himself poorly without his central player in his ratings. “We’ve spent the past 13 years on the same offensive line. I can’t imagine this team without him. He’s the heart of the Bruins.”
Marchand does not know what decision will be made by Patrice Bergeron, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
But he was absolutely right when he said that it is hard to imagine the Bruins without their great leader.
In the Boston area he is said to be in the same category as Tom Brady among the athletes most appreciated by the public.
Losing the Bruins to the Hurricanes will also have repercussions. Patience does not live in the leaders of the Bruins. The organization is well aware that there is a major transformation to be undertaken.
The recent series showed that this team lacks depth. His defensive brigade is in good health, but his attack needs shock treatment. When Bergeron and Marchand are not in production, the Bruins run out of power. We tried some trials most notably with David Pastrnak in the second line, but the results were inconclusive, especially in qualifying.
As for the captain, it’s a safe bet that Bruins’ owners will retain an important position for him in the company’s organizational chart if he decides to retire.