Pogge Traded to Ducks, My Son Shares His Thoughts

LeafsTSN is reporting that Justin Pogge is being traded to the Anaheim Ducks. The Leafs will get a conditional late round draft pick that can improve based on Pogge's play.

This concludes the Justin Pogge rollercoaster ride. I was sure Justin Pogge was on his way out and that suspicion was confirmed by a Sportsnet report confirming the Justin Pogge era had indeed come to an end here in Toronto. But then, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it seemed Pogge was saved from the chopping block. Now, he's gone.

My son sat beside me throughout most of the last Marlies season as we watched Justin Pogge from the first row. He was easy to like and easy to root for. I just conducted a brief interview with my son after telling him Pogge was off to Anaheim. Here's the transcript.

Me: How do you feel about Justin Pogge being traded to the Anaheim Ducks?

Son: I don't like it.

Me: Why don't you like it?

Son: Because, I like Justin Pogge.

Me: What did you like about Justin Pogge?

Son: He was a good goalie. Well... mostly.

James hit it on the head. Pogge was good, not great... and he was inconsistent at that. That's some solid insight. To replace Pogge, the Leafs will sign free agent goaltender Joey MacDonald who I will henceforth only refer to as Joey Mac.

Farewell, Pogge. My son and I wish you much luck on the west coast and hope you make us regret this fateful day.

Me with Justin Pogge

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I really don't understand why Pogge has received so much attention. He was average to slightly above average at times.....that's it. My God!!....I don't think Sundin got as much attention as Pogge has.

Just because you met him and was nice to you, does not warrant all this attention. He couldn't cut it here....period. Let's move on!

August 9, 2009 @ 12:11 PM

Toronto Mike

Now, let's not forget the hopes we all had when he backstopped the Juniors to the championship in 2005. He was lights out.


Before I ever met him, and before I ever saw him play live, I wrote the following:

I have seen the future of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey, and his name is Justin Pogge. Pogge posted a .952 save percentage for the tournament, his 1.00 goals-against average ties him for best in tournament history and Canada's six goals against set a record. He recorded three shutouts and went 150 minutes and 50 seconds without giving up a goal to close out last night's game.

My point is, lots and lots of Leafs fans hoped he was the future of Maple Leaf hockey. Giving up on him is pretty big news, regardless of the fact he's a really nice guy.

August 9, 2009 @ 12:31 PM


Good riddance.

Mike, your love affair with Pogge baffles me.

If you had not attended all those Marlies games with James there is no way you would be paying so much attention to this.

Any goalie can have a good run, Pogge just never had the skills and never will have the skills to be a great # 1 goalie.

August 9, 2009 @ 1:11 PM


He may have been HYPED too much after Jr. championship in 2006.
He had many opporunities to show his ability but failed every time including this years Marlies team.
I guess we will see many more entries on Justin in next few days, just like you NUMEROUS entries about Martin Streek.
If so I'll be puking again.

August 9, 2009 @ 2:43 PM

Fredericton Steve

Stupid move here by Burke. At least give him a chance to work Francois Allaire before casting him aside.

August 9, 2009 @ 3:22 PM

Toronto Mike

@andrew Yeah, the trading of a minor league goaltender and the suicide of a popular local dj are the same things. They deserve equal time.

@Ryan Every Leaf trade gets an entry. This is that entry. I wouldn't call it a love affair.

@Sammi As much as the Sundin story was overplayed in this city, I think the Pogge story was underplayed. There's no comparing the two, though... even on this blog, the Sundin story got way more coverage.

Remember all, I'm the guy who wrote Pogge had to go. Read it again at http://www.torontomike.com/2009/04/killing_the_culture_of_entitle.html and tell me if that's "love".

August 9, 2009 @ 3:23 PM

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