Maple Leafs were unlucky in the playoffs, former players believe

If it wasn’t for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, that they met on their way since the first round of the playoffs, they could have come a long way this time, they said into the Radio-Canada microphone on the sidelines of the Canada Day Pro-Am at St. George’s Golf Club in Toronto.

The event, organized as part of the festivities surrounding the return of the RBC Canadian Open after two years of the pandemic, brought together various local celebrities, Canada’s top golfers and amateur golfers.

I really think as we go forward, it’s mostly a mindset thing and once we get past that, let’s be careful.said Tucker, who appeared in 58 playoff games with the Maple Leafs and was part of the 2001-2002 edition of the team that reached the Eastern Finals for the last time to date.

First of all, the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win, so it puts things into perspective. Sometimes in the playoffs all you need is luck. And they faced the team that won the Stanley Cup the last two years and knows how to play this time of year.

The former Leafs forward still has faith in his main team, though he’s limited by how little cap space he has left to add reinforcements.

We have a great group of players. We have a great coaching staff and the management has done a great job of setting the players up for success. I hope that in the spring of next year we will no longer have this conversation.

Curtis Joseph and Darcy Tucker believe the Maple Leafs have what it takes to win the playoffs.

Photo: Canadian Press/Frank Gunn

Curtis Joseph, who defended the goalkeeper for the Maple Leafs in the playoffs from 1998-99 to 2001-02, echoes the sentiments of his former teammate Darcy Tucker.

In my opinion, if we beat Tampa, I think we have a chance. I think every Maple Leafs fan thinks so too. […] But they are the champions. They are for a reason and you see how tough they are. You have to give it to them.

CuJoas he was known, believes Torontonians were unlucky enough to face the Lightning early in the playoffs after having their best season ever.

in hindsight yeahhe admits. They lost in seven games. They made a considerable effort. Jack (Campbell) also played very well. I was proud of him. If they had crossed paths with another team, the result would have been different. Any other team.

Campbell, the Leafs’ top free agent, should stay, according to Joseph.

I love Jack and I think that in the future he will be a great number 1 for them. But you know, I don’t have to deal with the roof, so… I hope he comes back. This is all I can say.

Since acquiring the Los Angeles Kings in February 2020, Jack Campbell has posted 51 wins in 75 starts for the Maple Leafs. He made just $1.65 million last year and is expected to get a substantial pay raise this summer.

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