I have absolutely no issues IF the Leafs fail to advance yet again out of the 1st Round. With 2022 record setting regular season Leafs (54 wins and points), Matthews getting 60 goals (Hart nominee), Marner (97 points), Nylander (career high in goals + assists), Tavares (76 points), Liljegren taking a big step in his development, the additions of Kampf + Bunting (Calder nominee), losing to the two time Stanley Cup Champions in 7 games in the 1st round that SHOULD have been a Conference Final.
All of the core players showed up:
Auston Matthews - 8 points
William Nylander - 7 points
Mitchell Marner - 7 points
John Tavares - 6 points
Morgan Rielly - 5 points
Jack Campbell played extremely well and kept them in games when they fell down early.
I do not foresee any major changes to the team outside of a Nylander trade who since December has been stapled to the 3rd line. A series win or loss, I fully expected Nylander to be traded this summer even if I don’t agree with it.
I really hope tonight is the night for this core but if not, this was the first playoffs where I can say I am super proud with the effort given by the CORE PLAYERS. I will always bleed blue and white.