Defenceman Carl Gunnarsson wasn’t the sole cause for the Maple Leafs’ woes last season.
Neither were the assistant coaches who were fired early in May.
Certainly, Leafs general manager David Nonis isn’t finished with his off-season moves, but Leafs Nation can’t be blamed for expecting a bit more of a splash at the draft in Philadelphia than the ripples the Gunnarsson trade on Saturday caused.
Though the addition of defenceman Roman Polak — who happens to be a right-handed shot and brings a physical element, if you haven’t heard already — will dissected every which way possible, let’s be clear. The deal involved a couple of depth defencemen, neither of whom will play a lion’s share of minutes with his new team.
The feeling remains that Nonis’ biggest moves are to come, whether it’s through free agency starting on Tuesday or via trade.