Speed Demons?

leafsI'm not suggesting we start planning the parade quite yet, but the Leafs looked really good yet again last night. They were quick, aggressive and effective. Jean-Sebastien Aubin was fantastic between the pipes, picking up right where he left off last season.

It's no secret one of our biggest problems last year was team speed. Teams like the Sabres, Senators and Hurricanes were blowing past us. Last night, we played the role of speed demon, skating circles around the Habs.

Many are talking about the fact we have three decent goalies in camp while only two will make the big club. It's a virtual certainty that Andrew Raycroft will start the season as the #1 goaltender, but who will be #2? In my mind, this is an easy choice. Aubin deserves the gig, without question. In fact, Aubin deserves to start the season as the #1 guy with Raycroft backing him up. I'm not sure what more Aubin has to do. Have we already forgotten the guy is 9-0-2 as a Maple Leaf with a 2.21 goals against average and 92.4 save percentage? He's never lost a single game wearing the blue and white and they're talking about starting with Raycroft and Mikael Tellqvist.

It's time to say farewell to Telly.

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It was time to say farewell to that dud ages ago. He's not NHL-ready. Aubin obviously is. I agree the decision is easy. Although, to be fair, both goalies played better IMHO than Raycroft did–1 goal against for both of them, compared to 4 against in Raycroft's first game.

September 23, 2006 @ 9:05 AM

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