Don Cherry warns the NHL about the Maple Leafs

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Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, former NHL coach and Hockey Night in Canada personality Don Cherry has issued what many could consider a warning to the rest of the Atlantic Division when it comes to the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

The Leafs were finally able to break a near two decade playoff drought by winning their first series since 2004 earlier this spring against the rival Tampa Bay Lightning. However, they would soon be felled by another franchise from the Sunshine State, as the Florida Panthers would dispatch then in five games en route to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final a few weeks later.

The Leafs then made a major change in their front office, terminating Kyle Dubas and bringing in former Flames general manager Brad Treliving in the same role.

Treliving has since brought in a trio of players in Max Domi, Ryan Reaves and Tyler Bertuzzi. This almost certainly means that the Leafs will have to part with another current members of the team in order to make them salary cap compliant. But in the meantime, in Cherry's mind, the additions of Reaves and Bertuzzi along with Domi (the son of beloved former Leafs tough guy Tie Domi) have made the team that much harder to play against. 

Reaves is a tough customer, always willing to drop the gloves at the drop of a hat. And Bertuzzi is the perfect embodiment of an NHL player with a junkyard dog mentality. 

Just how much harder will it be for opponents to face the Maple Leafs thanks to their new players this season?

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