But Boston scored three third-period goals and ousted Toronto for the third time in seven seasons. Nylander is due a signing bonus of $8 million this July 1st and once that is paid out by the Maple Leafs, Nylander will be owed $25 million over the next 5 years which is a very salary friendly contract for teams that can not spend to the salary cap. Leafs president Brendan Shanahan has been ruthless in his tenure, most recently shuffling Lou Lamoriello, the man who drafted him as a player in New Jersey in 1987, out of the GM job in order to promote Dubas. Kadri took himself out of the series entirely this time with a selfish play, and while Freddie Andersen was vastly better than last season, he struggled in Game 7. Power play was lights out.
Boston will literally have just a day to enjoy its 5-1 win over Toronto in Game 7 on Tuesday night, with their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with Columbus set to open at TD Garden on Thursday night. It eluded Frederik Anderson, turning a heart-rate quickening 2-1 Bruins lead into a much more placid 3-1 advantage. The team was intentionally bad to tank for a draft pick and filled with the strangest mix of players you ever saw. But money can be a great divider, and the Leafs are working under the constraints of a budget that might not allow them to make their dream player happy. You don't have to be much of a deep thinker to believe Dubas would want to promote Keefe to the National Hockey League at some point before someone else hires him.
In 2017-18, the team had their best-ever regular season, picking up 105 points... and still finished third in a tough Atlantic Division.
And after a disappointing series past year, Babcock had a chance at redemption.
Goalie Frederik Andersen went a year ago with the tournament in his home Denmark, but says this time he'd rather make sure he's 100% recovered from a mid-season groin injury. He failed both tests, and the Leafs lost twice. A topic that heated up after getting cross-checked in the face by Nazem Kadri in Game 2.
Van Dijk hoping for Liverpool wins, title triumph and nice weather!
The Sky Blues have four remaining games - Manchester United tomorrow, Burnley, Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion. It's a bit of a waste of energy, isn't it, willing the ball into the goal and things like that.
There were other issues, of course.
There will be talk about how the Leafs are supposed to improve - the answer is internally - and their will be idiotic blame on Jake Gardiner.
"Teams are advancing and you rely on depth and everyone contributing", said Bergeron after the Game 7 win. "This way they won't be able to get so (overloaded)".
Seeing how much closer the Leafs were to even at 5-on-5 in this series, the next question is where in the lineup did the Bruins press their advantage?
Perhaps he gets another chance and the Leafs have every intention of giving him the tools to adapt for next season.