If it wanted, the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee could take Leaf of its senses when it meets here next Tuesday.
Among the list of 17 first-year eligible players for selection, based on games played, goals, points and Stanley Cups, are seven Maple Leafs, including rogues Tie Domi and Bryan Marchment. Domi played more than 1,000 games, but is best known for ranking third in career NHL penalty minutes with 3,515.
Marchment, whose low hits early in his career contributed to an infamous reputation, nonetheless lasted almost 1,000 games with Toronto and nine other teams.
Doug Gilmour, Dave Andreychuk and Alex Mogilny are the legitimate Leafs candidates, though it's expected they won't usurp four favourites Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille. Forward Tom Fitzgerald (almost 1,100 games) and goaltender Trevor Kidd, (almost 400) are the other dark horse Leafs.
NHLers now qualified to enter include goalie Garth Snow, two-time Cup winners Tommy Albelin and Scott Young and ex-Canadiens Eric Desjardins, Andrew Cassels and Lyle Odelein.