The Leafs went crazy for vets at the trading deadline and now the team might be riper than ever.
Updated: March 19, 2003, 2:15 PM ETBy By Lindsay Berra, ESPN The Magazine
Leafs fans are giddier than kids at Christmas. Why? Because GM/coach "Stand Pat" Quinn uncharacteristically made a few deadline moves. Suddenly Toronto's a whole lot closer to ending its 36-year Cup drought. And a whole lot older. Before the deadline, Quinn got F Owen Nolan (31) from the Sharks and D Glen Wesley (34) from Carolina. On D-day, he picked up backliner Phil Housley (39) to help on the power play. And egged on by locker-room lobbyists Gary Roberts, Mats Sundin and Tie Domi, he brought 39-year-old Doug Gilmour, who carried the Leafs into the 1993 conference finals, back home. (Gilmour injured his left knee in his first game. He'll miss 4-6 weeks.) Now, 17 of the 26 Leafs are over 30.