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Treliving reveals what the Leafs need to do to have playoffs success


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Julien Trekker
May 11, 2024  (5:53 PM)
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Brad Treliving, the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in a press conference.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brad Treliving revealed what the team needs to do to have success in the playoffs during a recent press conference.

Alongside Brendan Shanahan and Keith Pelley, the President of Hockey Operations and CEO of the Leafs, Treliving faced the media after another disappointing playoff elimination in the first round.
Even if they had to compete without star players Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Joseph Woll at some point in the series, Treliving doesn't consider this as an excuse.
He believes that the Leafs will win by making the small things, which aren't skills related:
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"We need to find a way to do the hard unsexy things longer, and they're not related to skill."

- Brad Treliving on what type of play style the Leafs need to find playoff success

Doing the small things such as blocking more shots, being more efficient in reading the game, or even bringing an increased physical presence goes a long way in the playoffs.
The Leafs had many very talented players in the lineup. Even if some of them missed games, they couldn't win the series by themselves. Matthews played well before he got sick, and Nylander took charge when he returned; playing a big role to force the seventh game.
Not many other players upped their game when needed. Matthew Knies played well, Joel Edmundson wasn't bad, but most of the lineup didn't reach the next level.
With Treliving looking to make moves in the offseason and the hiring of a new coach, the Leafs could be in a great position to be fierce competitors next season. We'll just have to see if it shows in the playoffs.
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