If there is a way to contain burly Bruins winger Milan Lucic, the Leafs have no idea how to do it.
Consider that in five games against the Leafs this season, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Vancouver native has 11 points (five goals and six assists). Against the rest of the National Hockey League, Lucic has 42 points in 65 games. In fact, Lucic has recorded as many as four points against only two other teams.
The bare truth is that the Leafs don’t really have a player who can be effective against Lucic. Certainly, no defenceman is physical enough to stop the 23-year-old from creating havoc in front of the net and other areas inside the Leafs blue line.
Lucic, really, is the exact kind of player general manager Brian Burke would love to bring into Toronto during the off-season. You want belligerence, truculence and an ability to play the game? There aren’t many like Lucic.
But never mind getting him. The Leafs simply wouldn’t mind figuring out a way to stop him.