Maple Leafs a damn good team

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf (right) congratulates forward Dave Bolland (left) after a...

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf (right) congratulates forward Dave Bolland (left) after a recent Leafs goal. Phaneuf is having a solid season shutting down Leafs' opponents. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports)

Eric Francis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:48 AM ET

CALGARY - For the first time since Ed Belfour was a Hogtown hero, you can say this about the Toronto Maple Leafs: That is a damn good hockey club.

Over the years, disillusioned, delirious and disenchanted Leafs fans have certainly been tricked into believing the team was much better than it was. This time around it's different.

This club now has depth.

In fact, it may be one of the deeper teams in the league.

Defensively, the club's embarrassment of riches is such that John-Michael Liles was only recently called up to be the club's seventh defenceman on the team's three-game western swing that hits Calgary Wednesday.

Dion Phaneuf is playing like a captain, tasked with shutting down top opponents and doing a solid job of it while Cody Franson shines offensively and Morgan Rielly soaks up accolades as Toronto's favourite shiny new object.


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