Toronto Mike

The Leafs Love Unproven Goalies


The Toronto Maple Leafs love to sign goaltenders, but only if they're unproven.  This started last summer when we sent Tuukka Rask to Boston for Andrew Raycroft.  Raycroft had one decent season and one horrible season under his belt, and we wanted him in blue and white.  Go figure.

About a year later, somebody realized Raycroft might not be the #1 we need, and we traded for Vesa Toskala.  Toskala, bless his heart, had a solid season last year, but he's never been a #1, and that makes him a rather unproven commodity.  We threw 8 million bucks at him to ensure he's in blue and white for the rest of the decade.  Go figure.

Earlier today, we signed Scott Clemmensen to a one-year contract.  Clemmensen, you might recall, played that final game of the regular season for New Jersey when we needed them to beat the Islanders to slip into the playoffs.  Backing up Martin Brodeur, he only got in 25 games over parts of five seasons.  No wonder we wanted him in blue and white.  He's now third on the depth chart.

Of course, our future rests on the shoulders of Justin Pogge, the most unproven of the unproven.  Why the hell not?  In the post Cujo/Belfour era, that seems to be par for the course.

How long before we lure Mark Gowan out of retirement?

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