(TORONTO) -- It was quite the month for the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The team continued there run towards home ice advantage by picking up some key wins over some Eastern Conference foes. The month of March also saw the trade deadline come and go.
Rookie general manager John Ferguson added some key parts to the Maple Leafs run for the Stanley Cup. Ferguson surprised all Leafs fans with some of the moves that he made at and before the deadline.
|Leetch has been impressed with the depth of Toronto's talent. |
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Six days before the deadline Ferguson pulled out a blockbuster by acquiring Brian Leetch from the New York Rangers for Jarkko Immonen, Maxim Kondratiev and 2 draft picks.
Leetch was known as an offensive defenceman, who could rush the puck, make that first pass out of his own end and be the power play quarterback. The trade to Toronto stunned the life long Ranger.
His first game with the Leafs Leetch had three assists as he teamed with Bryan McCabe on the first powerplay unit. Leetch made some spectacular passes to McCabe and other Leafs. In his 12 games with the Leafs he has 13 points.
Ferguson wasn't done dealing with the acquisition of Leetch before the deadline. Future hall-of-famer Ron Francis from the Carolina Hurricanes for a draft pick.
Francis from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was living a dream playing for the Leafs. It took a while for Francis to get used to his new teammates but once he learned their tendencies he played a significant role with the team.
In nine games with Toronto he has six points but he wasn't acquired for his offence but rather his veteran savvy and dependable penalty kill.
Chad Kilger was claimed for depth purposes at the forward position as Ferguson realizes that any team that wants to have a successful run in the playoffs needs to have capable players who can step in and play significant minutes.
The other player Ferguson acquired was signing free agent defenceman Calle Johansson, who was scouting in Europe for the Washington Capitals.
All four players have proved to be a key for the Leafs and that's why these arrivals have been honoured as the Summit View Homes "Building a Champion" moment for the month of March.