Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews (right) shakes hands with Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos after Toronto was knocked out of the playoffs on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena.

The pain of the Game 7 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday mentally will bite away at the Leafs throughout the summer, as it should. 

That the Leafs took nothing for granted in the series against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion and still came up a couple of goals short in the deciding game will cause many a sleepless night for anyone who was wearing blue and white on the ice at Scotiabank Arena. 

Go ahead make the argument that the team should be blown up, or that several significant changes need to be made. It would be the wrong one. 

If you’re going to go that route, then the assumption would be that one of Auston Matthews or Mitch Marner would have to be traded. If that were to happen, we could only surmise that one would enjoy watching one or the other to hoist the Cup with another team. There would be a good chance of that eventually occurring. In keeping the pair, the chance of that happening in Toronto does not diminish.

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