Is It October Yet? Toronto Moves On Without Lebda

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It’s September; and we have reached one more milestone before the start of the 2011-12 NHL season.

With the countdown until October and reaching that final threshold before the puck drops in the regul
ar season Fansided is going to take a look at each team in the league one day at a time.

Today we are taking a trip to see how the Toronto Maple Leafs plan to win the cup – make it to the playoffs – this season.

It’s that time of year again. Preseason hockey is coming to a close and the fans in Toronto are already starting to plan their Stanley Cup Parade.

Here are a few snippets from Myles Robinson..

New Faces
Tim Connolly
– We’ll start with the man who’s supposed to be coming in and taking the role of first line center that has been so blatantly void since the departure of Mats Sundin. Known for his deft passing skills and solid two-way play, Connolly is a heck of a hockey player – when he’s healthy.

Matthew Lombardi – One half of what could be the steal of the summer, Lombardi’s concussion history was the impetus behind Nashville dealing him out of town. His contract was uninsured, meaning the cash-strapped Predators were on the hook for it even though it didn’t count against their cap space.

He goes on to discuss the break down in positions and figured you Wingnuts would get a kick out of his outlook on the Maple Leafs blueline…

Defense
There’s no question, that on paper, the Leafs have one of the deepest defensive units around this season. With the aforementioned Liles and Franson added to the mix, the Leafs have no less than 8 NHL-ready defensemen in the lineup. It’s a pretty good possibility that Phaneuf begins the season paired with young Keith Aulie, as the two showed surprising chemistry in the wake of Francois Beauchemin’s departure last season.

So what do you think Hockeytown? Is Toronto’s blueline stronger than ours? Can Phaneuf lead his team to the playoffs?

Be sure to read the rest of the season preview over at Editor In Leaf.

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