The Toronto Maple Leafs are keeping things more or less the same. And that’s their choice to do so.
But following another opening-round exit, the team stressed confidence and belief in their group, even if that comes at the cost of hubris.
Following a bitter upset against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, there was a strong sentiment among those who follow the club that anything less than getting past the first round was be deemed unacceptable and that changes would likely occur.
Well, it happened again, albeit with a better effort against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
But it still happened.
Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan stood on the stage for his season-ending media availability on Tuesday sitting alongside general manager Kyle Dubas. He quickly endorsed his GM, the man he first hired to be an assistant GM back in the summer of 2014, and head coach Sheldon Keefe.
”We’re not going to make changes simply for the sake of making changes,” Shanahan said.
He continued to express his disappointment for his team failing to win a round in the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. While Dubas talked about the stri …
Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation