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Which Leafs team had the best D?

Which Leafs team do you guys think had the best D? Seems like our D has been an issue forever but there must've been a time where our D was.. good? (92-93 team?)

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Which Leafs team do you guys think had the best D? Seems like our D has been an issue forever but there must've been a time where our D was.. good? (92-93 team?)
I liked the Turnbull, Salming, Carlyle, Johansen and Glennie group.

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Which Leafs team do you guys think had the best D? Seems like our D has been an issue forever but there must've been a time where our D was.. good? (92-93 team?)
I think the 1967 Leafs defense with Tim Horton, Allan Stanley, Marcel Pronovost, Kent Douglas, Bobby Baun, Larry Hillman was pretty good since the team won the Cup for the last time..

Ever since the defense has been shaky, but I loved watching Borje Salming in action spearhead the Leafs defense in the 1970's.

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the classic cup winners all mostly had a great defense. as far as the last 20 years goes, 05-06 featured prime McCabe and Kaberle who formed one of the best pairings, if not the best, in the league. before that youd have to go back to borje days

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the classic cup winners all mostly had a great defense. as far as the last 20 years goes, 05-06 featured prime McCabe and Kaberle who formed one of the best pairings, if not the best, in the league. before that youd have to go back to borje days
Our power play was absolutely deadly that year. Kaberle to McCabe with tucker in front or at the side or the net


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92-93 was a pretty good back end, Todd gill, Dave Ellet, Jamie macoun, dimitri mironov, bob rouse and sylvan lefebve- no stars but each guy was a "top 4"

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that brief time we had all three of Leetch, Kaberle, and McCabe was pretty sweet.

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The 92-93 team in my generation anyway. We had no true blueline stud on that team, but collectively, it was the most competent defense core in the league.

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that 92-93 defense corps was fantastic at interference.

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that brief time we had all three of Leetch, Kaberle, and McCabe was pretty sweet.
That was the best I can remember in recent years...too bad we had to use scrubs like Aki Berg to fill in the last few spots though...

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I never hated Berg as a bottom pair guy.

Leetch - McCabe
Kaberle - Klee
Berg - Marchment
Johanssen - Pilar

pretty dang good.

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in my time it was 92-93... i remember Mario Lemieux would "decide" not to play when the pens visited toronto..i would thank Sylvain Lefebvre for that

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Which Leafs team do you guys think had the best D? Seems like our D has been an issue forever but there must've been a time where our D was.. good? (92-93 team?)
That would be 63-64.

Brewer and Baun

Horton and Stanley

Along with Hillman and Douglas they played mostly five D in that era.

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Seems like the older Leafs teams were rock solid. Hope we can get back to that at some point in the near future.

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93/94 was actually a better group - I'd thank burns for the success that season and the one before

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That would be 63-64.

Brewer and Baun

Horton and Stanley

Along with Hillman and Douglas they played mostly five D in that era.
That was a tough defense to play against. My dad was a Hab fan and still calls it one of the toughest the Habs ever faced. Brewer, for all the trouble some think he may have caused is still my favorite dman for the Leafs. So good. Horton obviously was the best, and imagine trying to match lines with those 4 playing almost the whole game

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The 1967 corps got the job done last...

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Seems like the older Leafs teams were rock solid. Hope we can get back to that at some point in the near future.
That's because the NHL had 6 teams back then therefore less dilution of talent and more competition. With 30 teams now, there will always be depth issues on most teams' defence.

1962-63 looks pretty awesome as well....Arbour, Baun, Brewer, Douglas, Hillman, Stanley, and Horton.....all 7 dmen had excellent careers.

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I never hated Berg as a bottom pair guy.
Shhh...I am waiting to see if he will take the bait

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I must admit that with Gardiner's current play and Reilly coming I am more hopeful for the future. Hope they can hang on to Franson as well. They need to acquire or develop another steady stay at home guy to round this out nicely. Hopefully as time goes forward Dion will feel he has to do less and not play as many minutes which might make him a pretty steady veteran presence on the team.

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That would be 63-64.

Brewer and Baun

Horton and Stanley

Along with Hillman and Douglas they played mostly five D in that era.
And of course Kelly could pinch in when necessary.

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And of course Kelly could pinch in when necessary.
I have watched parts of a few classic game and I am amazed at how many times Stanley stood and that blueline and forbade players gaining the zone. Not sure you can do that as well in today's game but he did it with astounding regularity back then.

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That was a tough defense to play against. My dad was a Hab fan and still calls it one of the toughest the Habs ever faced. Brewer, for all the trouble some think he may have caused is still my favorite dman for the Leafs. So good. Horton obviously was the best, and imagine trying to match lines with those 4 playing almost the whole game

Carl could drive anyone nuts, so much talent combined with that mean streak and toughness he could've ruled the league very easily in the 60's but he was a free'r spirit then Iafrate ever was

Man could that guy handle the puck

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Carl could drive anyone nuts, so much talent combined with that mean streak and toughness he could've ruled the league very easily in the 60's but he was a free'r spirit then Iafrate ever was

Man could that guy handle the puck
Brewer wasn't the problem. Leaf management was. Imlach even had reservations about his game. I would have hated to play for Imlach. He was not a nice guy. I know nice guys finish last and without the approach he brought they would not have won those cups. But I can't get warm and fuzzy about him or any of the guys running the team. The players were a solid group though. Props to them.

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