Toronto Maple Leafs’ Defense: How Do They Stack Up?

July 26th, 2010 by Lukas Leave a reply »
The Maple Leafs have acquired a new defenseman...again.

It's becoming a trend, doesn't it seem? The Leafs will sign or trade for another defenseman rather than focus on another forward.    

This time it was 28-year-old Brett Lebda and 25-year-old Danny Richmond.

Lebda, who has spent his entire five season, 326-game NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, signed a two-year, $2.9 million contract on July 7th.  He's a smooth skating, stay-at-home defenseman,  but he can score too. Lebda has a career total of 18 goals scored in addition to 50 assists and a +/- rating of 31.    

Danny Richmond, the another free agent acquisition, has no goals in 49 NHL games, and three assists to along with a -12 rating.

After spending the majority of his career in the minors and a split last season between Peoria and Rockford, Richmond won't likely achieve a roster spot with the Maple Leafs at the start of the 2010-2011 season. Especially considering the amount of defencemen the Maple Leafs already have set to play in the NHL.

The signing ...

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