Friday, June 22, 2007

Leafs piss away their future again

What the fuck? The Leafs have acquired Vesa Toskala and Mark Bell from the Sharks in exchange for a conditional first round pick, a second-round pick in 2007 and a 2009 fourth-round pick. As TSN puts it:

The first round pick is set for 2007, but if the player the Sharks want isn't available, San Jose has the option to move the pick to 2008 with a top 10 protection covering the Leafs.
That means if Toronto's 2008 pick is a top 10 pick then it will slide to 2009.
Options....
This does give the Leafs a 1-2 punch in goal with Raycroft and Toskala, which isn't a bad thing. But Mark Bell? He had a dismal 21 points in San Jose, didn't click with Thornton, and is making $2 million per season. He may rebound in his home province.
The Sharks once again secure their future with draft picks and the Leafs try to buy a championship team to win "NOW", once again. It doesn't leave a good taste in my mouth. Is this deal going to make the Leafs better? In my opinion, only a little. The Raycroft-Toskala combo is good no doubt. But the Leafs' problems lie in their defensive play, and obviously Raycroft took too much heat for his teammates' lackluster play. Let's see what other Leaf fans are saying.

this shows why the leafs have absolutely no depth in their minors. good move!?! maybe but goaltending wasn't the leafs problem last season imo. - rockyfoxhammer
Amen!

So now the leafs have 2 number 2 goalies!! Overpaid defencemen, no forward capable, outside of Mats, attaining more the 50 pts!!! Appears like another lost season!! Oh when will it stop?? - chrisman1
Hey, become a Canucks fan. It's better here!

Good move by JFJ, considering how weak this years draft is he didn't give up much. If Bell doesn't pan out offensively, we still have his size and grit. - thundermuffin
I know, TSN was calling anything beyond the 1st round 'weak.' So this guy may have a point. Until some of the guys past round 1 become superstars. Anything can happen. It's still pissing away picks.

Thank goodness!! Just about anyone else with goalie pads is a step up from Raycroft. Ferguson tells you he is happy with the goaltending situation, but at the first chance he went out and got another one. How about that! drJustinChan
I think JFJ likes Raycroft but wants the same set up that the Sharks and Ducks have had all along with 2 goalies. Or, he really doesn't trust Raycroft at all. Toskala will push for the #1 spot.

By the way, head over to the Battle of Ontario. There is mass reactions there if you are interested. Most commenters are happy with the move.

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At June 22, 2007 at 11:50 AM , Anonymous Doobie said...

So now the leafs have 2 number 2 goalies!! Overpaid defencemen, no forward capable, outside of Mats, attaining more the 50 pts!!! Appears like another lost season!! Oh when will it stop?? - chrisman1

Hey, that's funny! That's just like the Bruins!

 
At June 22, 2007 at 11:57 AM , Blogger James said...

I think toskala is a good move, he can definitely push raycroft. Much moreso than aubin, anyway.

The draft didn't seem especially thrilling this year anyway, so I'm not overly concerned about the trading away of picks..

I'm not sure about bell but the leafs definitely have needed a power forward for a while. Perhaps this makes antro-wuss-pov more expendable! I can only hope..

 
At June 22, 2007 at 12:00 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Toskala will push Raycroft no doubt. But I still think this influx of new players every year is avoiding the real problem

 
At June 22, 2007 at 12:23 PM , Blogger James said...

Tis true, but par for the course I'm afraid.. Who knows, perhaps Pogge will eventually sign on with the club and stay on for some long term deal.. I would be very happy with that!

Glad to see Carlo re-upped too.. Apart from Pogge the bright spot on the up-an-comers on the team is a potentially great defensive core..

 

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