Now that we have crowned a new Stanley Cup champion, people’s attention will turn in earnest to the usual summer activities that every fan hopes will make their team better for next season. (Heck, for the past several weeks, Zach Parise’s name has been bandied about regarding where he will play in 2012-’13 and the guy was still otherwise pre-occupied in the playoffs with the Devils…) Those activities include the entry draft, possible trades and of course, the traditional July 1 UFA feeding frenzy.
We talked here yesterday about how “far” (or close) the Leafs are to being a contending hockey club. The consensus of those who posted here certainly seemed to be that while improvements to the roster have been made, the blue and white remain a ways off from being legitimate contenders for a championship.
But I thought today we’d simply have some fun and do something that is arbitrary and not necessarily rooted in reality. That is, I’m looking for your opinions on the following question: If you could have one player from either of the two Stanley Cup finalists (Kings and Devils—you can only pick one, not one from both teams) who would that player be?
I wanted to frame the question such that we would avoid the more obvious answers— Quick (who is going nowhere), Doughty (who is not available) or Parise (who will be a free agent soon but will likely either re-sign in Jersey or end up in Minnesota or Detroit). My thought was, apart from the big-name guys, who is a lower-profile player with either New Jersey or LA who you think would be a great fit here in Toronto?
For me, it would be Travis Zajac or Adam Henrique from Jersey, Jarrett Stoll or Dustin Brown from the newly-crowned world champion Kings.
And if I could only select one, it would probably be Brown (hey, if you believe the rumor mill, he was almost a Leaf at the deadline, eh?)
In any event, as I said, I’m not suggesting any of these players could end up here, but send your thoughts along….