The past two seasons have ended in disappointing fashion for the Toronto Maple Leafs. With training camp on the horizon, the hope is an infusion of veteran players can help them take the next step.
After finishing the 2013-14 season 2-12-0 to fall outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Toronto shook up its front office with the additions of president Brendan Shanahan and assistant general manager Kyle Dubas. Coach Randy Carlyle's staff was also replaced, but the changes to the Maple Leafs roster were far more subtle.
Toronto added eight veterans, trading for defenseman Roman Polak and signing defenseman Stephane Robidas. Forward depth was provided with the signings of David Booth, Daniel Winnik, Mike Santorelli, Leo Komarov and Petri Kontiola, and the acquisition of former Maple Leafs player Matt Frattin in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Toronto's holdovers from last year like the reshaped roster but admit they won't have much time to develop chemistry with their new teammates.
"The biggest thing for us right now is we've got a lot of new guys coming in. We're going to have to come together really quickly in training camp because the start of the season is an important part for every team in the League," captain Dion Phaneuf said. "For our team to have a real solid year is to concentrate on our start and with the new guys coming in really come together and get off on the right foot."