Well, the Maple Leafs of 1947-48 certainly didn't have a similar problem. A trade on November 2, 1947 provided Toronto with strength up the middle that hasn't been matched since. The acquisition of Max Bentley from Chicago provided coach Hap Day with a trio that any team would die for - Bentley, Syl Apps, and Ted Kennedy.
In addition to Bentley, Cy Thomas came to the Leafs. Off to Chicago were Gus Bodnar, Ernie Dickens, Bob Goldham, Bud Poile, and Gaye Stewart.
Max Bentley was one of the most talented stick handlers to play in the NHL. His nickname says it all - "The Dipsy-doodle Dandy from Delisle".