Toughness isn’t an issue for the Maple Leafs heading into next season

The Maple Leafs don’t have a toughness problem, and that’s clear after Monday night.
It was said that Toronto had a chance to close out their series against Tampa with two games, which is true. But what some don’t want to see is the fact that the Maple Leafs had that chance.
Looking at Monday night’s game where the Lightning eliminated the Florida Panthers, it was clear as day that one team had it and the other one didn’t. The Presidents Trophy-winning team was swept by the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.
It took the Lightning seven games to send the Maple Leafs packing for the year.
Toronto battled for every inch of that ice against Tampa and even some of the players said this series against the Maple Leafs was one of the hardest series’ yet. Players don’t just make that stuff up for the respect of an individual. This is hockey we’re talking about.
Looking at the Maple Leafs’ lineup after these playoffs and heading into next season, you’ll have players like Mark Giordano, Michael Bunting, Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, and TJ …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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