Leafs Trade Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft

LeafsI didn't get the news until midnight last night, but during yesterday's NHL entry draft the Toronto Maple Leafs traded last year's #1 pick Tuukka Rask for Boston's Andrew Raycroft. When I first read about the deal, I hated it. Rask is only twenty years old and was named the top goaltender of last year's World Junior Championship. Raycroft, on the other hand, had a dismal .879 save percentage last year with a 3.71 goals against average and just eight wins in 30 starts. Yuck.

Today, I don't hate the deal nearly as much. Having both Rask and Justin Pogge was going to be a difficult balancing act and there's little doubt which goaltending prospect I want starting for the blue and white. The choice is now clear. Furthermore, Raycroft was solid in 2003/2004 and is only 26 years old. If he and Jean-Sebastien Aubin can get us through next season, Pogge may be ready in 2007/2008. Besides, Raycroft comes nice and cheap, meaning we have a little coin for the blue line.

The Ed Belfour era is officially over, at least it will be when we buy out his contract next week. As for Mikael Tellqvist, I see him as the odd man out. Aubin and Raycroft will be doing the heavy lifting, making Telly an extra part. We can't send him to the Marlies as Pogge will be the man there. I suspect we'll trade him for a draft pick.

I've gone from hating this trade to accepting the potential benefits in one night. Perhaps tomorrow I'll love it.


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Comments (24)

Anonymous

Andrew Raycroft is so sexy its not funny

November 2, 2006 / 12:51

emily

tuukka rask is going to be the next big thing(i think tim thomas is gone)

April 8, 2007 / 17:08

Anonymous

i think we need to get a better golie better than Hannu someone way better.

April 8, 2007 / 17:14

Mike Boon

Can we call a mulligan and reverse this one?

April 12, 2007 / 15:06

Nathan Purdy

I think keep Andrew Raycroft. Pick up Trevor Kidd he had a lot of shoutouts he's the man for the job.

July 19, 2007 / 09:49

Nathan Purdy

Please give Andrew Raycroft Glasses

July 19, 2007 / 09:59

Nathan Purdy

Please give Andrew Raycroft Glasses. He needs it so he knows where the puck is.

July 19, 2007 / 10:00

R.L. Tokyo

They should have kept Rask.

November 20, 2007 / 22:01

Kenny

I guess now we know what a crappy trade this was.

January 31, 2009 / 17:09

Joe

Boy did the Leafs win that trade. HAHAHAHAHA

November 27, 2009 / 13:29

Prav

Wow how bad do the bruins suck without kessel? Guess all they will ever have is basketball!

December 10, 2009 / 20:31

Hendy_100

To: #Canucks From: #leafs. Andrew Raycroft. Enjoy his win / sv% / gaa now. 3 words. High. Glove. Side 1:11 AM Nov 11th from UberTwitter

December 10, 2009 / 20:38

Conspiracy theory

when you review this trade along with last years trading of all the draft picks for Phil Kessel, it would be easy to conclude that there is a plot to make the Leaf's into a farm team for the Bruins. Is it just coincidence?

March 26, 2010 / 23:23

Leafers Blow

FAIL, YOUR STILL PAYING RAYCROFT IN A BUY OUT. YOU LOST RASK AND HES GOOD NOW. YOU TRADED POGGE LOL. LEAFS FAIL SO BAD.

April 7, 2010 / 11:05

HaHa

This is one that did not bite us in the ass....Raycroft backup in Van. doing ok Pogge cleaning up after the zamboni in the middle of hockey no where and Rask the leader in two catagories and this is the hockey capitial of the world

April 9, 2010 / 09:22

Adam

Tuuka Rask, Hall or Seguin in 2011, plus another top draft in 2012, and second rounder in 2011. Wow, Bruins could become a power house, solely thanks to the Leafs. Man if Hamilton doesn't get a team, then I'll quit watching Hockey all together, because it gets to depressing.

April 16, 2010 / 00:35

Thank You

Any other trades you want to make with us? You single-handly turned our team around with this Rask trade and the Kessel trade. Good luck with Phyllis, maybe she will go in a corner for you.

April 23, 2010 / 23:00

Adam

Hey you're welcome. The long term post Cliff Fletcher ineptness of this organization, and especially the last 3 years makes me want to convert to become a Bruins Fan.

April 25, 2010 / 01:18

Rene Rancourt

First and second round pick in the 2010 draft
plus a first round pick in the 2011 draft.

THANK YOU TORONTO

May 4, 2010 / 11:35

Rene Rancourt

First and second round pick in the 2010 draft
plus a first round pick in the 2011 draft.

THANK YOU TORONTO

May 4, 2010 / 11:36

justin

No Thank You Boston for ripping of the stupid Leafs on several occasions.

December 2, 2010 / 20:27

Rask'd

"Pogge may be ready in 2007/2008. Besides, Raycroft comes nice and cheap"

What are your insights now? Still happy about Pogge & Raycroft?

June 2, 2013 / 04:04

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Back in 2006, my crystal ball wasn't functioning properly.

Obviously this can now be considered one of the very worst trades in Toronto Maple Leaf history.

November 20, 2013 / 21:12

Anonymous

Lol this post is so funny. Definitely one of the worst trades in the history of this failing team.

June 6, 2014 / 10:45

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