NHL 2012 Offseason: Fixing the Toronto Maple Leafs, Part 1: No.1 Center

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NHL 2012 Offseason: Fixing the Toronto Maple Leafs, Part 1: No.1 Center
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Leafs Nation is lost right now and need a reason to beLeaf again...

"The Leafs blew up." "They collapsed." "Ran a tractor trailer off a cliff." Insert other often-used cliches in here. The Toronto Maple Leafs let what was assuredly going to be their first postseason berth in what seems like half a century (note: seems like it, but it has only been seven long years) slip away. 

What seemed to be a simple shopping list of adding a few pieces to a playoff core only a month or two ago has rapidly grown to missing players at almost every position. Leadership, veteran presence, scoring, defence, goaltending—all of it went straight down the tube.

This article will dissect what I think is wrong with the current roster and provide players (and their cost) that might be able to right the ship and get the Leafs into their first playoff spot since the lockout. This will be Part 1 of a several part series breaking down in depth the three biggest problems the Leafs faced last year:

1. Lack of a True Number One Center
2. Good Goaltending
3. Better Team Defence and Size
4. Character/Leadership in the Top Nine.

Part One will focus on problem No.1: the lack of a true number one center.  

As always, feel free to comment below and tell me how wrong I am or how much you'd like to see a certain player in a jersey. Maybe I left someone off my lists that should be there. I'd love to hear your arguments for Player "X." I always try to respond, and I love a good hockey debate.

 

- TB 

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