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05-04-2013, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by yave1964 View Post
The Leafs of that era were a solid club lead by Lanny Macdonald, Darryl Sittler, Mike Palmateer, Tiger Williams and Borje Salming, not quite good enough to get past the great teams of that era, but could upset someone in the playoffs. A dangerous club a really good club, Boutette was one of the spear carriers, nice player on a second line. His career evaporated soon after leaving Toronto. The Leafs were happy with what he was capable of doing, the Penguins were a bad organization back then and expected more of him than he was capable of doing (like bad organizations do) and he faded away. Fun little player though in his day.
Those late '70s Leafs teams would have been cup contenders, best Leafs teams since the '60s. If not for the Habs having greatest team ever at same time. No fault to the Leafs, no team, not even the Islanders could do anything with Montreal at that time.

Just glad Ballard was a cheapsake and made many bad trades in '70s to save peanuts. Like Garry Unger as a throw-in in Mahovlich/Ullman trade, Bernie Parent for Doug Favell, or Rick Kehoe trade. Or, the Leafs of late '70s could have been a dynasty!

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