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The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Virtue of Patience

For 55 years the Toronto Maple Leafs have been without a Stanley Cup. It has been 18 years since they have won a single playoff series. They hold one of the longest active championship droughts in pro sports.

However, none of those numbers are relevant to the four members of this current Toronto Maple Leafs team (Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, and Morgan Reilly) that remain since 2016, the year after Brendan Shanahan put his (in)famous “Shanaplan” in motion.

The Shanaplan was approved in 2015. That is when Brendan Shanahan got carte blanche from the board at MLSE to begin a scorched earth rebuild.