They earned a vote of confidence despite Toronto losing their first Stanley Cup series for the sixth consecutive season. Shanahan also said he doesn’t expect major changes to the roster in the off-season.
“I think it’s important to say that I see both of them (Kevy and Dubas) as very important in getting us to the next level,” Shanahan said.
“We share everyone’s frustration with not getting the job done. Certainly as we look to next year, there will always be new faces. However, we will not make changes just to say we have made changes.”
The Maple Leafs, who are on record with 54 wins and 115 points this season, rallied 3-2 over the Tampa Bay Lightning Series in the first round of the Eastern Conference, losing 4-3 in overtime in Game 6. Thursday And 2-1 in the seventh game on Saturday.
“I think the regular season and the elimination series, the way the group played was different,” Dubas said. “I didn’t feel in games 5, 6 or 7 that we were being followed or interacting with another team dictating the way the match was going. I didn’t feel in previous years where we were passive.”
Keefe, who is on contract until the 2023-24 season, is aged 116-50-19 in 185 regular season games since replacing Mike Babcock as coach during the 2019-20 season. He is 8-11 in the playoffs.
Dubas was named General Motors after the 2017-18 season.
In her past nine chances of eliminating an opponent, Toronto was 0-9 in dating Game 7 of the first round of 2018 against the Boston Bruins. However, Keefe expressed confidence in the key players, including the attackers Auston MatthewsAnd John TavaresAnd Mitchell Marner And William Nylanderand defensemen Morgan Riley And Jake Muzin.
“I have a lot of faith in our group and I still strongly believe in our group and the efforts they put in for us,” Keefe said. “In particular, I felt like we really went up and down at the crucial moments and pushed and weren’t afraid to lose. We were aggressive in our approach and the mentality of our team that we built during the regular season, which knocked out the playoffs against a very difficult opponent. We didn’t get the results we wanted and that hurt, It’s mostly because of the faith we have in the group and what we’ve accomplished together. I think progress has been made, although it’s hard to feel that way because we’re here again talking at the end of the first round.”
The failure, Dubbas said, is a test of resolve throughout the organization to continue on the intended path.
“It’s easy to say that you believe at the beginning of the year, that you believe when you win,” Dubbas said, “but I think in those moments when you haven’t reached the potential that everyone knows you have and that you know privately internally that you have, that’s when true faith is measured.” I believe in group. “
However, as with any off-season, there will be changes. The challenge for Duba will be to improve the squad despite the limited space under the NHL’s salary cap.
“We need to replicate the way we did last summer, go out and be able to find players who are able to come in and add to our squad and do it without too high a cost. But by being able to take advantage of the opportunity and thrive,” Dubbas said.
Maple Leafs’ most famous suspended free agent is the goalkeeper Jack Campbell, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 13. He was 31-9-6 with 2.64 goals-to-average, .914 saves and five closes in 49 regular season games (47 starts) this season, his first full season as the #1 goalkeeper, and was named in the His first NHL All-Star game. The 30-year-old was 3-4 with a 3.15 GAA and .897 save percentage, starting all seven games.
“Winning here means everything to me,” Campbell said. “I love the city of Toronto, I love the fans, the support and my teammates are absolutely incredible, the coaching staff, everything really.”
Dubbas said he will begin discussions with Campbell’s representatives soon. The goalkeeper said he would leave the negotiations to his clients but signaled his return.
“I can’t wait to see what we can do as a team and myself next season,” Campbell said.
defenseman Mark Giordano, which was acquired through a deal with the Seattle Kraken on March 20, could also become an unrestricted free agent. The 38-year-old scored 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in 20 regular season games, and two assists in seven playoffs.
“Everyone knows I’m from Toronto, I love it here, I loved my time here,” Giordano said. “I’ll talk to my agent next week and go from there. I don’t think it’s a secret I enjoyed my time here.
“I feel good about my game and I feel like a guy who can also help the guys along the way. I felt good, kept training hard, and I hope to continue with that for a few more years.”
straight ahead Jason Spiza, who completed his third consecutive one-year contract with Maple Leafs, is another suspended, unrestricted free agent. The 38-year-old scored 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 71 regular season games but was a healthy scratch at times late in the season and in the first two playoff games. He had assists in five playoffs.
Spiza said he hadn’t thought about his future.
“I love the game, I’ve always emphasized that if I can give importance to the group, if I’m involved every night, I want to play,” Spitza said. “So there are conversations to have with me, the management and the coaches, but that’s the only place I’m going to play.”
Although the Maple Leafs did not win a playoff streak again, Matthews, who set a record in Toronto with 60 goals during the regular season, said players feel they will eventually find a way to break through.
“Yes, we do,” Matthews said. “I believe it. Everyone in this room believes in him. I don’t think we can really concern ourselves with what other people, the media, fans, and what other people think. I know deep in this room we all believe in each other. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but I don’t think that’s Belief may never be shaken.”