To distract myself from the current state of the Leafs, I have indulged in a little fantasy.
What five players would I most want to see in the Blue and White? Who would be the best fit? Who would help the team out the most?
5 - Nicklas Lidstrom: Arguably the best defenseman ever, both an offensive threat and defensive horse. He'd be the perfect partner for Bryan Mistakes, and an even better fit with Kabby, hell you could put this guy with Herpes and he'd still get the job done.
4- Jarome Iginla: One of the next leaders in the Wendel Clark vein, only more talented. Tough as a two dollar steak and can put up the points as good as almost anyone. A true leader, a true player, totally under valued outside of the west.
3- Deon Phaneuf: A force of nature on the blue line, hits anything and everything, hard. A cannon of a shot and excellent defensively. The franchise defenseman every team wishes they had.
2- Rick Nash: The best sniper in the league, hands down. Put him on a line with Sundin or Wellwood (or even better both) and its 50+ goals a season, easy. Fast enough to keep up with Blake, creative and wary enough to deal with Bryan Mistakes passes. Would be the Hart and Richard trophy winner every year on the Leafs (or any team with a half decent play maker to pair him with).
1- Vincent Lecavalier: Arguably the best, most complete player in the NHL. He does everything and he does it all well, better than anyone else actually (he's probably a better goalie than Raycroft). Will be in the top 10 in scoring for the next 10 years. At least.
Will any of these players ever done a Leaf jersey? Not likely, but it is nice to dream isn't it?