It’s hard to believe it’s already been four years since the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup.
But in that time, the team has come a long way from being a perennial bottom-feeder in the National Hockey League.
The Maple Leafs were just a contender in the East for the last five seasons, and they were finally on the verge of making the playoffs for the first time in their history in the 2016 playoffs.
And when the Stanley, which has been the most successful NHL title for the Leafs since 1996, came down the pike, the Leafs’ record in the playoffs was even better.
It was the first championship in franchise history.
Toronto was just a two-seed in the Eastern Conference in the regular season and a two seed in the second round, but it ended up winning the Stanley and the Presidents’ Trophy, winning a franchise-record 21 straight games to become the first team since the 1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins to win consecutive Presidents’ Trophies.
“It’s been a long journey,” said James Reimer, who was traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the offseason.
We didn’t have a chance to get to the Stanley Final, but we were a contender and we were right there. “
The Stanley Cup is a huge thing.
We didn’t have a chance to get to the Stanley Final, but we were a contender and we were right there.
You’ve got a big trophy in your hands and that’s what it’s all about.”
The Leafs won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1999-2007.
The most recent trophy came in 2013, when the team was swept in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks in six games.
Reimer has been a Stanley Cup champion and a winner his entire career.
He was a key part of the team’s Stanley Cup-winning team in 1999.
But the Maple Leaf’s history as a playoff team in the early 2000s was different.
They were a two seeds in the conference in the standings for the next two seasons and missed out on the playoffs twice in a row.
The first time, they were the only team to make the playoffs only after a series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The second time, their team was a wildcard team in 2005, which meant they could only play in the division finals if they were in the West and lost in the Stanley final.
The team didn’t make the final, but they were swept in five games in the opening round by Pittsburgh.
“We weren’t that bad, but the playoffs weren’t fun,” Reimer said.
“Our first playoff game in the Northeast Division was against Boston.
We lost 3-1, and it was like a nightmare.
That was pretty much it.
I had no idea what to do.
I didn’t know how to prepare.
But it didn’t. “
I thought it was going to work out.
But it didn’t.
I thought we were going to lose the next four games in our conference and then we’d be playing the Bruins in the third round and I was like, ‘Man, this is terrible.
I guess that’s why I didn and still don’t feel comfortable saying I didn the first four years. “
Then you’re just going through the motions, and you’re going through it all again.
I guess that’s why I didn and still don’t feel comfortable saying I didn the first four years.
You just have to go back and you’ve got another year and you know what?
We’re going back and forth with the playoffs and you go, ‘How are we going to get this team back into that next level? “
Now we’re going to have a really good team and I don’t know if that’s going to make a difference.
We’re going back and forth with the playoffs and you go, ‘How are we going to get this team back into that next level?
The biggest question mark is on the blue line, where the Maple Hawks have struggled for years. “
But that’s a long road.”
The biggest question mark is on the blue line, where the Maple Hawks have struggled for years.
The club had to add a few new pieces, including centre Tyler Bozak, but only four players have been with the team since they drafted Reimer in 2009.
Reim, the oldest of those players, has struggled in his first season in Toronto.
He has just eight points (four goals, four assists) in 22 games and hasn’t scored in three straight games.
The 27-year-old has been sidelined with an ankle injury and is in the midst of his fourth concussion of the season.
“He’s a little bit behind,” head coach Randy Carlyle said.
“[But] I don’ t think he’s ever been a big part of our game in his career.
I think he always plays his role and he’s a guy that brings energy to our team.
He is a great hockey player and he”
In terms of the offence, you need a guy who can score goals, and Tyler is that guy.
He is a great hockey player and he