Toronto Maple Leafs players are certainly not satisfied with the playoffs in the last few seasons, but now they are motivated like never before. "I think it's a proof of confidence in our group, and I think it's an opportunity for us to change the narrative," Morgan Rielly for NHL.com "Ultimately, we're not happy with how the playoffs have gone for us in recent years.
Last year, we talked about an opportunity to get revenge and to prove we can get over it, and we didn't, so I think we're going to continue to say that. "We're extremely focused, we're extremely confident with our group, and it's on us now to get results.
And I think whenever you have a chance to get redemption with a group that had their hearts broken last year, it's a cool opportunity."
Mitchel Marner on his team
Mitchell Marner still believes that the fans are with them and will support them until the very end.
"The stuff on the outside is just that: on the outside," Marner said. "We can feel it, but all that stuff is left to management. You can't change the past. Obviously, they have trust in us, and we have trust in them.
We have a great team this year, and we can't wait to get going." Auston Matthews is optimistic about the new season. Leafs' have quality individuals and they are ready to give their maximum to achieve their goals.
They have to correct some mistakes from previous seasons. "Everybody's journey's kind of different," Matthews said at the player media tour on Friday. "… We believe in our group, and we've been extremely motivated, and obviously falling short, it just kind of continues that, fuels the fire.
But we believe that we're right there and that we're close and that we're one of the best teams in the League and we're going to be very competitive."