I feel that Washington Capitals’ defenceman Sergei Gonchar is definitely not the type of defenceman the Leafs need as they battle for top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Leafs’ lack of a strong defensive effort by their forwards and their defencemen demands that they acquire one or several defensive-minded defencemen prior to the NHL trading deadline.
One player that the Toronto Maple Leafs should be interested in is Washington Capitals defenceman Brendan Witt. a solid, defensive-minded defenceman. Witt is definitely the type of defenceman the Leafs need in order to ensure a better defensive effort in their own end. If Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr has any sense of what the Leafs really need, he will make every effort to acquire him.
The question is, what will the Caps want in return? I would trade Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle (weak defensive coverage and lacks a physical presence on the blueline) and a draft pick or a Leafs prospect (Kondratiev) for Witt. Certainly, you give up Kaberle’s passing skills, but Bryan McCabe and Ken Klee can certainly make up for this loss. In addtion, Leafs promising defenceman Carlo Collaiacovo should be brought up for a few NHL games to begin seasoning and preparing him for his future NHL career with the Leafs.
Solid, gritty, defensive-minded defencemen may not attract as much media hype and fan attention as a stud defenceman, but in my opinion they’re worth their weight in gold.]]>