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When a team's season ends the way that the Toronto Maple Leafs season ended in 2013, there are no words.
The Leafs were eliminated by the Bruins in seven games. Boston would advance to the Stanley Cup Final as the Eastern Conference champions.
The Leafs management, albeit possibly overspending, re-signed Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson for a combined $9.45 million. But will the Leafs be better this season than last season?
Well, Toronto also picked up Dave Bolland in a trade at the draft. So for the moment, the Leafs look to be in better shape than when they had Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur.
In Toronto, the expectations are always high. Now that Leafs fans have had a taste of playoff hockey for the first time in almost a decade, they will likely want more and expect their team to be better after some of the signings and acquisitions this summer.
The Leafs, on paper, are a better team. How much better is debatable, but it would likely be shocking not to see them back in the playoffs and going further than the first round next season.
But these are only expectations, of course.
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