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Reason to Buy: The Toronto Maple Leafs have addressed the team's 2013-14 collapse with plenty of new bodies on the ice and two new brains in the boardroom: president Brendan Shanahan and assistant general manager Kyle Dubas. As Michael Traikos of the National Post explains, a long-overdue culture shift is underway:
The Leafs have kept their head coach and their captain, but Shanahan has been busy making sure the team that ended the season is different from the one that will begin next season.
Whether it was choosing skill over size at the draft, replacing Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin with a 28-year-old with zero NHL experience or signing more players than the team has roster spots in hopes of creating competition, the culture is being changed.
Reason to Sell: Daniel Winnik. David Booth. Mike Santorelli. Roman Polak. Do these look like game-changers to you?
With limited room to move under the salary cap, according to CapGeek.com, the Leafs have mostly been shopping in the bargain bin for players to fill out their roster. New acquisition Stephane Robidas has been a solid defender over the years but is now 37 and coming off a season where he broke his leg twice, per The Score. His best days could be behind him.
They'll Win the Cup If...Shanny's championship savvy penetrates the team from the top down. The new president is a Hall of Famer with three Stanley Cup rings, an Olympic gold medal and many more accolades to his name, per HHOF.com. He knows how to win. If the Leafs can dial into Shanahan's spirit, they could find themselves back in the playoffs and successfully advancing beyond the first round.
Championship Odds: 40-1