At the start of the year Leafs Head Coach Paul Maurice promised that this years Toronto Maple Leafs would be one of the toughest teams in the league to play against. However, a few weeks in and it is evident that the statement was far from the truth. In fact this years Leafs could be weaker and lack even more toughness that the prior year.
With roster spots being filled by players such as John Pohl, Bates Battaglia and Boyd Devereaux it is easy for opposing teams to see that they will most likely not be in a physical game against the Leafs. These types of players are used for one purpose and that one purpose only. That hopefully they might get hot in a game and score a goal. Regularly, However, They have no offensive output and are left on the bench as they serve no purpose to the game.
A word of advice to Mr. Ferguson. Rid your roster of untalented and unphysical players like Pohl, Battaglia, and Devereaux and at least fill those open roster spots with guys who will make the team tougher and scarier to play against, guys who if they are not involved offensively will at least provide the team with toughness. Think David Ling, Kris Newbury, Ben Ondrus and Wade Belak.
Bell did seem to bring a little grit and toughness in the sabres game last night...