I'm even getting tired of this, but it's still fun right?
Here, at the Bleacher Report, Toronto Maple Leafs columnists have posted endless amounts of predictive articles on who the Leafs could acquire.
Paul Stastny, Steven Stamkos, Zach Parise, the list goes on—and to be honest, even I've gotten caught up in all the madness.
However, like I said, it's still fun, no? I mean, fans haven't seen the NHL's most profitable organization in the playoffs for nearly seven years, so I'm sure it's justified we look at all possible angles to how to get back into the group of 16. And right now, the topic of acquiring a No. 1 center has been dominating the discussion.
In fact, it's been too dominating.
What fans tend to forget is that the a top-line center isn't the only dire need the Leafs have. Actually, they have a few more key vacancies that have received absolutely no attention, and undeservedly.
So, what do the buds need besides a No. 1 center? A No. 3/4 pivot, a No. 3 winger, a veteran backup and a top-four defenseman.
This article, however, isn't only filling those needs and calling the Leafs a playoff team—it's much more than that.
There's ice time to be won, most notably with the goaltenders and the entire bottom six (exception of Colby Armstrong, third-line RW). Who's battling for it?
That is also what I am looking at—who to add and who makes most sense in each position from what we already have. Something that is also important is not splitting up the chemistry that already resides in the Leafs' dressing room; a complete overhaul again is not needed.
So, without further ado, here they are.