Marchment wants back with Leafs

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Add Bryan Marchment to the list of free-agent greybeards looking to re-join the Maple Leafs.

Just 24 hours after winger Steve Thomas, 42, expressed his desire to return to the blue-and-white on Wednesday, the 36-year-old defenceman echoed the same sentiments.

"I've let it be known that I'd like to stay," Marchment said. "If that happens, I'll be really happy. If not, I'll move on."

Marchment said he is not afraid of the possibility that Toronto general manager John Ferguson may pass on his request.

"Not really," he said. "John has done some things this summer to get people in place."

Marchment, like Thomas, said he would accept a deal for the league minimum salary of $450,000 US.

"It's still good money," he said.

With his icy stare and legendary temper, Marchment brings an element of grit and muscle to the rink every night. But he has lost a step from his younger days and could be hurt by new rules that promote a more wide-open NHL game.

CAN BE EFFECTIVE

Nevertheless, he still is confident he can be effective.

"I feel I can still contribute," Marchment said. "No offence to the other (Leafs) defencemen. They bring individual things to the table. But I bring things to the table that they don't have."

Like versatility, perhaps? After all, he found himself on a forward line with Jason Allison and Eric Lindros during a game of shinny at Lakeshore Lions Arena yesterday.

"I think I'll change positions," Marchment said, tongue planted firmly in cheek.


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