Another disappointing end for the Toronto Maple Leafs could -- and should -- be a catalyst in a potentially painful new beginning for the organization.

That was the message from Leafs' management on Friday in the wake of Toronto bowing out in a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series for the sixth time in seven full seasons. The Leafs already axed head coach Sheldon Keefe on Thursday, and attention turns now to how Toronto will handle expectations for its expensive core of players who failed to deliver when it matters most.

Toronto's president Brendan Shanahan didn't immediately have all the answers but pledged -- again -- to try finding them.