Raking Leafs

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11/20/2007

Rask and you shall receive...

Well, this is the moment we have been dreading since the draft of 2006. Will the Raycroft-Rask swap be the beginning of the end, or just another strike against JFj in a long line of misses?

Raycroft definitely hasn't delivered what JFJ envisioned when he made the deal, but he is reasonably priced and could prove yet to turn into something the club needs. I'm thinking draft picks or prospects. Cause he ain't going to run the table and start the majority of the season, this or in the future.

Which leads us to JFJ again trading for immediate help in the nets. The Toskala/Bell acquisition seems to be panning out, with Bell assuming a more prominent role than most in the Toronto media expected. (I've been keen on Bell ever since I heard of the trade, though the jail time soured my excitement somewhat.) Of course, the picks would've been nice to keep and use, but that's water under the bridge. Toskala and Bell are solid NHLers, and Pogge is still doing developing.

But will he be better than Rask? That's another wait and see type deal.

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7 Comments:

  • At 11:23 PM, Blogger Linquist said…

    Rask's two goals were on deflections (I think). The Metropolit one for sure, but our DVR tells us that Ward redirected that shot on the last TOR goal.

    I'm glad that Rask won his first game, but this is only the first page in what could either be a pamphlet or a novel. Looking forward to reading more.

     
  • At 10:16 AM, Blogger FAUXRUMORS 2 said…

    1) Way too early to tell if Rask is the real deal or yet another in a long line of goalies that have filtered in and out of Boston the last few years

     
  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger Chemmy said…

    Good lord the Leafs look like they're trying to lose out there.

     
  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger ninja said…

    Alan, great to hear from you.

    Of course I'm going to have to disagree with you about being glad Rask won his first NHL game, but I can't same I'm surprised for a couple of reasons; his skill set and the opposition. Julien's system should help build a great deal of confidence for the young tender.

    Though, on second thought, maybe Rask winning his debut is the best thing that could've happened for the Leafs in the long run....

    FAUX, thanks for playing, but Rask is a proven worldclass goal tender on many stages. The chances of him being a flash in the pan are quite slim, while the odds of him becoming an elite NHL goalie in the next few years are favorable. My money is on Rask.

    Chemmy, I'm feeling much like Mats today, not sure what to say about this team right now.

     
  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger MetroGnome said…

    Raycroft definitely hasn't delivered what JFJ envisioned when he made the deal, but he is reasonably priced and could prove yet to turn into something the club needs. I'm thinking draft picks or prospects.

    I wouldn't bet too heavily on that. The market for anything but elite level goalies in the NHL is very poor. I think you're stuck with Razor till the end of his contract (which isn't much longer anyways).

     
  • At 7:53 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    metro, you're right. Bryzgalov to waivers, though I'm guessing a bit of that was no one wanting to deal with the devil with the horseshoe up his ass. Still, not even a fourth rounder? fifth? Oh well.

     
  • At 2:46 PM, Blogger Pseudonym said…

    Bryzgalov is cheaper than Raycroft and has a better track record of late. Yet Anaheim couldn't even get a middle round draft pick for him. Biron only went for a 2nd round pick. So there is likely no market for Raycroft and I would guess JFJ has tried to move him but can't.

    In fact, I would say the Leafs overpaid for Toskala since he is at about the same calibre as Bryzgalov. I also think you are jumping the gun on the Toskala/Bell trade. Neither has shown anything yet in a Leaf uniform. Sure hope that deal works out for them.

     

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