Leafs haven't always scored with Canada Day deals

Brought in by John Ferguson Jr. in 2007, sniper Jason Blake was unable to reproduce the numbers he...

Brought in by John Ferguson Jr. in 2007, sniper Jason Blake was unable to reproduce the numbers he put up with the Islanders. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

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TORONTO - More than one incoming hockey executive with the Maple Leafs has used Canada Day to try to remake ‘Canada’s Team’.

With new president Brendan Shanahan now having a say in changes under general manager Dave Nonis, here’s a look at how the Leafs tried to use our national birthday to their advantage over the past 15 years, usually with limited success.

n 2013 — No one questioned the value of Nonis adding David Clarkson to a meek lineup after the Boston playoff botch-up, but the cost and term made people antsy. A year later, with such a poor start to the seven-year, $36.75-million deal, those worries have multiplied.

Dave Bolland, acquired via trade, was another good bet coming off a Stanley Cup, but his problem was an early season injury that has clouded his long-term future here. In the days after Clarkson signed, Nonis added four players who helped the organization in unique ways, Trevor Smith, Troy Bodie, Paul Ranger and T.J. Brennan.


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