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Toronto's window is still very open, but …. this was a year they were built to win. They did play well enough to do so, but …. it just didn't go their way again. I have always like Rask, but agree that while he has in the past been 'solid' it rarely felt like he 'stole a game'. It did feel that way these past two.

That said. Toronto has cap issues in a way most all good teams do. They need to keep Marner, but ... you just can't have 3 $10M players in a cap league and still have the depth necessary to compete in the NHL. Keeping Marner means skimping on the Blue line, and ….. it almost seems like they need to do exactly the opposite. Should be a tough off season for them. Do they trade an offensive star for defense and depth?

https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/mapleleafs

Contrast with the Bruins.

https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/bruins

Zero $10m contracts. Core tied up with decent cap hits. The Pastrnak resigning looks good, Chara is being team friendly, and … getting decent depth from youth. They will need to let a few guys go, and take care of both McAvoy and Carlo, but it looks manageable, even with the Backes contract albatross.
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