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More than anything, what the Leafs lacked most during the playoffs was experience and leadership.
When things started to go south, they didn't have anyone who could step up and help right the ship. Toronto's bottom six was very inconsistent, and that was the difference-maker against Boston. The Bruins have refined their lineup over the years and have some of the best bottom-six players in the league. Toronto needs to add more leadership and experienced players to its lineup in order to consistently compete night in and night out.
I think Toronto will re-sign Tyler Bozak and he will be the third-line center. Along with him, I think Nikolai Kulemin will remain while Clarke MacArthur leaves during free agency. Toronto has a lot of key players to re-sign and there are many more experienced players available on the open market.
Potential free agents they can sign who would really help them include Pascal Dupuis, Ruslan Fedotenko, Daniel Cleary, David Clarkson, Valterri Filppula, Dustin Penner, Ryane Clowe and Brenden Morrow. Any one of these players would be a huge addition for the Leafs. Two would be even better.
The Leafs have a great third/fourth-line player in Jay McClement. I like the way Randy Carlyle played him this season. He single-handedly turned Toronto's penalty kill around, but I would like to see him primarily as a center next season. Leo Komarov has also been a pleasant surprise. His gritty style fits very well in Carlyle's system. However, the Leafs need an upgrade from Colton Orr through trade or free agency if they want to compete consistently. Frazer McLaren would be a good 13th forward.
I want Toronto to follow Boston's mold and have four fully functional lines that can play in multiple situations. If they can add one or two more players with added playoff experience, it would really make a difference in the long run.