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The End of an Era? Uncertainty Surrounds Toronto’s Core Four

By defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games, the Toronto Maple Leafs achieved something they hadn’t been able to do in 19 seasons and moved on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Given the several first-round upsets, the majority of Leafs Nation and the hockey community believed that this was the year for the Leafs to capitalize.

The Florida Panthers, who eliminated the Maple Leafs in five games, proved that it wasn’t meant to be.

Many people are speculating whether this iteration of the Maple Leafs has had its last opportunity now that the season is over. Despite several opportunities, the core of Matthews, Marner, Tavares, and Nylander have never advanced as far.

Not to add that Auston Matthews only has one year of his current contract left before he is released and becomes a UFA. Changes are inevitable, but if Matthews doesn’t sign a new contract, there may be decisions that have a significant impact on the organization.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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