Things are coming together.
With the addition of Alexander Khavanov, and the signing of Aki Berg and Wade Belak, the Leafs have made their case for the defence. Include Bryan McCabe, Thomas Kaberle, Ken Klee and Carlo Colaiacovo and Toronto's core of blueliners stacks up.
Rosters are starting to take shape across the league as cap wiggle shrinks. Yesterday, 11 players filed for salary arbitration; today, clubs return the favour. Tomorrow, arbitration cases are scheduled for hearings that begin in one week.
Now that you've marked up your calendar, a glance around the NHL reveals some revamped rosters:
Pittsburgh is an obvious start, where they were swooning over Sidney Crosby yesterday. Add Sergei Gonchar, Zigmund Palffy, Mark Recchi, Jocelyn Thibault and a healthy (crossing fingers) Mario Lemieux - that first-line power play is gonna be good.
The Flyers also look like winners after they added Peter Forsberg, Derian Hatcher and Mike Rathje. In Philly, they're talking about a new Legion of Doom (reg.req'd), this time patrolling the blue line.
But back to the Maple Leafs. They certainly have the depth on defence and, assuming Eric Lindros is coming (we can assume this, right?) Toronto is big and strong up the middle with Captain Mats and Jason Allison. Shift to the wing, however, and things get a little sketchy.
What about the losers? They're crying in St. Louis over Chris Pronger's departure. In Colorado, Pierre Turgeon, Andrew Brunette and Patrice Briesbois were brought in to replace Peter Forsberg, Paul Kariya and Adam Foote.
Sorry Blues and Avs fans, according to Red Wings GM Ken Holland the NHL is now all about parity.
"The playing field is level," Holland said.
What do you think? Take a browse through the new look NHL rosters around the league. Who's on the rise? Who will take steps back? Will the Maple Leafs contend? Click the comments link below and send us your opinion.
Around the league:
Steve Moore has spoken. In a lengthy interview, he spoke about his reaction to Todd Bertuzzi's reinstatement and his desire to return to the NHL.
The Panthers are still talking with Alexander Mogilny, and while other teams are reportedly interested, the ex-Leaf likes what he sees in Florida.