The Maple Leafs’ fourth line should start providing the truculence that general manager Brian Burke has wished for.
With Mike Brown returning from a back injury on Saturday night when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Air Canada Centre, he and Darryl Boyce, on a line with David Steckel, have the potential to make life dismal for the opposition.
Put it this way, the Leafs’ fore-check certainly won’t be lacking any time Brown and Boyce are on the ice.
The Leafs won’t be confused with the most physical teams in the NHL, but Brown and Boyce together can help give the club a different look.
No, there does not seem to be a place in the league any longer for players who can’t do much more than fight. But there’s lots of room for hard-nosed, disciplined hockey. Brown and Boyce can bring that.