When Brian Burke joined the Leafs last season, there was a promise for more "pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence." With the 'battle' in the Battle of Ontario all but lost since returning from the lockout, Leafs Nation was excited by the prospect of a more 'rough and tumble' team.
With the acquisitions of Mike Komisarek, Colton Orr, Wayne Primeau, Francois Beachemin and more recently Dion Phaneuf, the Leafs are finally beginning to become a team that is hard to play against. While this will hopefully result in some more wins in the near future, the Toronto Maple Leafs are slowly becoming a more exciting team to watch.
There is nothing worse for a Leafs fan than to see their beloved Buds being pushed around. For this reason, players who wear their hearts on their sleeve are often adored by Leafs Nation. These players, not coincidently, are usually willing to drop their gloves on a whim to stand up for their team.
Pat Quinn himself embodied the true spirit of a Maple Leaf. As one of the most loved coaches in Maple Leafs history, he always came to the rink ready to do battle. Always seen chewing his gum, he never gave the refs a break, and often could be seen mixing it up verbally with opposing coaches. There was no one that loved to win more than Quinn.
This list not only represents the toughest Maple Leafs of the past decade, but it also includes many of my favourite players and surely many of Leafs Nation's favourites as well.
It is something that all Maple Leafs fans love. There truly is nothing better than a pest donning the Blue and White. This Top Ten list salutes the men who loved to get under opponent's skin, throw a few fisticuffs, and provide fantastic entertainment for all of Leafs Nation.