The Faceoff King
Yanic Perreault isn't an impact player.
But he is an impact faceoff man.
So with Mike Peca out indefinitely, and hours after some key faceoffs were lost to Montreal in a 5-4 defeat, Perreault can make an immediate impact for the Leafs.
That said, the price was surprisingly steep for a player who wasn't wanted by any team last fall.
Brendan Bell has proven he can play in the NHL, and the only reason he was expendable is that its the one position the Leafs have depth at.
A second round pick in '08, not this summer, is a reasonably valuable commodity in the NHL these days.
So kudos to Phoenix GM Mike Barnett for converting a player nobody else wanted into Bell and a useful pick.
Leaf GM John Ferguson needed to make a gesture of trying to help his team, meanwhile, and he did that without touching his future first round picks or his top prospects.
This is not the time to be surrendering those kind of assets.
All the Leafs can hope now is that a few more faceoff victories will help a great deal as they face a murderous schedule down the home stretch.