Moves at the trade deadline are always hard to evaluate. Most think that Nashville got fleeced with the Forsberg trade. And Ryan Smyth to the Island may have been the missing piece that vaulted them into the playoffs. And where was John Ferguson? Prying Yannic Perreault from Pheonix. I just don't get it. The thing the Leafs was missing was heart. Looking down the stretch, they played some pretty great games (and some partial games) but mailed in efforts to NYI and NYR. There are only two people I can think of that could have got the Leafs in (besides Marty Brodeur!) - Ryan Smyth, but he was taken, and Gary Roberts.
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Have you seen Roberts playing lately. He's a madman! And considering he really didn't want to go to Pittsburgh, he almost got them a division title. Their power-play was smoking with him on it, he was beating up kids half his age, and teaching the Pens kids that this is what it takes to win. No one on the Leafs (sorry Darcy) could fill that role. And I bet that Mats Sundin was playing hurt for the last 2 weeks. I really believe that Roberts would have been able to put the Leafs on his back and carry them through the last part of the season. And JFJ is likely going to play for it (cross your fingers)....and if he doesn't, Leaf Nation will pay for it (again) next season.
I am taking the Pens in 6 over Ottawa. This has gotta be the Sens worse nightmare playing against Roberts. He'll have a psychological advantage over the entire team. Why do you think they wanted him so bad? They didn't want to play against him!
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