Dave Nonis didn’t like suggestions a couple of years ago that the struggling Maple Leafs were not a desirable destination for unrestricted free agents.

He said in many instances it was he and Brian Burke who’d said no to prospective players for reasons ranging from cost, to medical concerns to agents simply playing the Leafs off against other teams to raise the price.

Nonis and coach Randy Carlyle are certainly doing their best to change any lingering notion among this year’s field of UFAs that the Leafs won’t be in the playoff hunt in 2013-14. Toronto’s seven-game series with Boston and it’s recent changes in goal, at centre and through the farm system will attract interest come today. The city is also livable and the fan support unwavering at its core.

But if there’s one thing we’d not get overly excited about, it’s the notion that amassing GTA-area players is some kind of magic tonic for overnight success. While it’s great that players such as Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson might want to join new Leaf David Bolland to have the chance to play for a team so many grew up watching, such a gathering would be no guarantor of success.

If having a GTA presence was the solution then those who’ve come ‘home’ this way through trade or free agency (Larry Murphy, Gary Roberts, Shayne Corson, Steve Thomas, Jeff O’Neill, Eric Lindros, Owen Nolan, Joe Nieuwendyk, Jason Allison, Michael Peca, etc.) would have been parading down Bay St. long ago. There’s a long list of high draft picks from these parts, too.

Local flavouring is fine, but meat and potatoes makes a great team. They can come from anywhere.