NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis went on a spending spree this summer. It's time to find out if he made the right purchases.
"We have to go out and prove it," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle told NHL.com. "Just because we've added some people it doesn't make the statement that it's this type of club or that type of club."
The type of club Nonis is trying to build and Carlyle wants to coach is one that can push the pace and be aggressive in any building. The Maple Leafs started moving in that direction last season, when they snapped a nine-year Stanley Cup Playoff drought to finish fifth in the Eastern Conference with 57 points.
They couldn't close the deal in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Boston despite having a three-goal lead in the third period of Game 7.
That's partially why Nonis gave right wing David Clarkson a seven-year, $37 million contract July 5.