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Toronto Maple Leafs Are In Need Of A Defensive Specialist

September 5th, 2012 3 Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke chose to fire Ron Wilson in favor of bringing in Randy Carlyle there were immediate rumblings that the Maple Leafs would go from a fire-wagon hockey club to one that puts an emphasis on physical play and defense. A quick look at the roster Burke has assembled in Toronto reveals few players with above average physical prowess and no real defensive specialist. Burke made little changes on the backend which makes it tough for us to imagine a team that will improve dramatically in the goals against department. After watching a couple of disappointing seasons, Burke shipped out Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers in return for James van Riemsdyk. Schenn led the team in hits last season with 270 while finishing third on the team with 115 blocked shots. While Schenn’s