The Maple Leafs were not sleeping in on Canada Day.
That retort came from club president Brendan Shanahan, who has heard more than a week of grumbling about why big moves around the National Hockey League did not involve his playoff-challenged team. Toronto’s haul after a record day of signings — and a few notable follow-ups — has been bottom six forwards Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli, with veteran defenceman Stephane Robidas joining pre-draft trade acquisition Roman Polak.
“There is a perception out there that was incorrect about us and July 1,” Shanahan said Wednesday, the midway point of Leafs prospect camp at a suburban rink. “We were strategic, we had a plan. We targeted certain individuals and got almost all of them.”