Lack of Killer Instinct and affirming the belief in the Leafs were the management talking points

In many ways, the availability of Keefe, Shanahan, and Dubas sounded really good as it happened. Considering that the Leafs lost in the first round for the fourth straight time on Kyle Dubas’ watch, 3rd on Sheldon Keefe’s, and for the 6th straight time in the Shanahan era, the group was very quick to dodge any discussion of history. Considering how much the core of this team has been around too, the avoidance of any discussion of failure did leave a sour taste in my mouth, but with the acknowledgment that they are largely correct when they say they’ve got a strong group.
That’s my takeaway, here are some thoughts on some of the other key issues they touched on…

Keefe: “I felt that we stepped up in key moments; the work toward next season has already begun. The believe in our group is as strong as it has ever been.”
— David Alter (@dalter) May 17, 2022

When you look at a season that had the Leafs finish fourth in the league in standings, it’s very easy to see where the belief is coming from. This is a strong group, this is a group that just needs some adjustments to find a way to win, but at the same time, there is something going fundamentally wrong that needs to be addressed. When you consider this season’s loss to Tampa, no one would have batted an eye if they had made it in previous years. This year was entirely about the cumulative pain of the past six years. If you consider the fact …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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