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Matthews' Inflexibility Could Have Led to the Leafs' Season Downfall


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Elliot Ben Jacob
May 13, 2023  (4:39 PM)
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Auston Matthews: A Divisive Figure in Professional Hockey

Auston Matthews, the flamboyant personality known for his sartorial choices and unwavering confidence, is a figure in professional hockey who people either adore or abhor. His resolute nature and reluctance to embrace change may have been the factor that dashed the Toronto Maple Leafs' season dreams.

Matthews' Opposition to League Changes: A Setback for Leafs?

The NHL had planned to integrate a novel puck tracking technology into their game pucks. This initiative aimed at providing precise tracking and unveiling new data sets. However, Matthews was amongst the minority of players who openly resisted this transformation, arguing that the altered weight might impact his iconic shot. Undeniably, that shot led to a 60-goal season for him, but his refusal to accept this modification appears rather excessive.
This opposition, as it turned out, could have possibly led to Toronto's defeat in the semifinal series against Florida.

No-Goal Controversy: Could Puck Tracking Have Saved the Leafs?

The conclusion of the Maple Leafs' season was marked by a contentious no-goal call in the previous night's game. While the decision led to a wave of arguments from players and fans alike, a single adaptation could have prevented this entire debacle.
If the puck had been equipped with the tracking technology, it would have been possible for the league to determine whether or not the puck had truly crossed the line. However, in the absence of this tech, there was no definitive way to ascertain this.
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