Killing the Culture of Entitlement Means Pogge Has To Go

LeafersI'm as guilty as anyone. Justin Pogge was awesome during the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship, and ever since we've been waiting for him to assume his role as Maple Leafs saviour. Here's the entry I wrote in January 2006 in which I opened with the following line. "I have seen the future of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey, and his name is Justin Pogge."

I have a great relationship with the Marlies PR people, and when I told them I wanted to meet Justin Pogge and ask him some questions, they quickly made it happen. He was the only Marlie I wanted to meet. Who wouldn't want to meet the future of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey?

I was there during the low points and the high points. It's been a roller coaster ride with peaks and valleys. When I learnt he was benched for the final playoff game of the season in Winnipeg, I responded with this tweet.

Pogge didn't get the start tonight.... it's Munro starting for the Marlies in the Peg. Whoa, methinks the Pogge era has grinded to a halt.

For the second season in a row, Greg Gilbert passed over Pogge at playoff time. Pogge's NHL record this season was abysmal. There's a reason we picked up Gerber... Pogge isn't anywhere close to being an NHL starting goaltender.

I want to believe, I really do, and that's the problem. There's a culture of entitlement with this franchise that Ron Wilson and Brian Burke are working hard to destroy, and that means Pogge has to go. I hate that this has to happen, but it's for the best.

It's time to get Jonas Gustavsson to compete with Vesa Toskala for the Leafs spot. James Reimer is ready to play with Adam Munro with the Marlies. The Justin Pogge era has indeed ground to a halt.


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andrew

AMEN. Showed nothing playing for the Leafs this year.
With all that HE heard being the FUTURE of being goalie for the Leafs it may have gotten to his head.
He has to go & Burke will have him gone by draft day. Leafs traded away Rusk to Boston - a bad choice & seeing it now.
Pogge you had your chance & even when Marlies don't play you in a crucial game in the playoffs this year you have to realize you probably are done.
AMEN. Lucky to get a 4th or 5th round draft pick for him.

April 28, 2009 @ 6:46 PM

dale

He's done. His own expectations were probably more than he can accomplish. He won Jr. Gold in 2006 but since then has nothing to grow to be an NHL player.
Too bad, so sad - if staying with Leaf. org. next year probably see him in the ECHL.

April 28, 2009 @ 8:24 PM

elvis

Just like your ejaculation record, your verdict is premature.

Goalie's always take longer to be NHL ready - for every Ken Dryden, there are a million Tim Thomas'.

April 28, 2009 @ 9:39 PM

dale

Elvis - Pogge has not even improved in the AHL with the Marlies with coach not playing him 2 years in the crucial games in playoffs. No confidence in him.
How much longer do the Leafs have to give him.

April 28, 2009 @ 10:42 PM

eyebleaf

I'm with you. The Pogge era is over. Before it even really began.

He's done nothing to prove that he can be a star at the AHL level, and the few games he's played in the NHL were a joke.

April 29, 2009 @ 8:55 AM

Andrew

So I guess a follow-up interview won't goes as well.

April 29, 2009 @ 10:09 AM

Toronto Mike

It's worth noting he was super nice and he made you want to root for him.

I don't remember wanting a prospect to succeed as badly, but when I remove the bias and look at the numbers and facts, it doesn't add up.

I hope I'm wrong.

April 29, 2009 @ 10:13 AM

elvis

Who's losing ice time by keeping him on the squad? I don't understand the need to throw him under the bus quite yet. Keeping in the AHL does no harm to anyone - do we expect Munro to be the future? Anyone, anyone?

Now if Pogge's presence means Burke doesn't draft any keepers, then fine, it's an issue but I don't think Burke is the type of guy to put all his eggs in one basket like that.

April 29, 2009 @ 10:34 AM

Toronto Mike

Burke's going after Jonas Gustavsson. And don't forget James Reimer, he deserves a shot with the Marlies.

April 29, 2009 @ 10:44 AM

elvis

Reimer as another backup - maybe.

If Gustavsson was so good, he'd be drafted already.

April 29, 2009 @ 12:31 PM

The Meatriarchy

Grinded? Surely you meant ground?

April 29, 2009 @ 3:35 PM

Toronto Mike

Ummm, yeah... ground.

An English major should know better.

April 29, 2009 @ 3:37 PM

Toronto Mike

Elvis, smarter hockey people than I tell me Jonas Gustavsson was a late bloomer.

April 29, 2009 @ 7:08 PM

elvis

I never said that.

April 29, 2009 @ 8:23 PM

Toronto Mike

I know you didn't, I said smarter hockey people than I.

That would eliminate you as a possibility.

April 29, 2009 @ 9:29 PM

Andrew

Good burn, Mike.

April 30, 2009 @ 8:02 AM

elvis

Talk to me when you have your own radio talk show.

April 30, 2009 @ 3:28 PM

andrew

Elvis has left the building.

April 30, 2009 @ 6:04 PM


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