For the first time since August, you won't hear about a Maple Leafs goaltending controversy in Toronto.
Vesa Toskala has closed the debate with a six-game run that ended Saturday night with a 32-save, 3-2 win in Montreal.
Has Toskala silenced the starting goalie debate in Toronto? Have your say in our forum.
Toskala's run quiets controversy
I fail to see how the metric for success should be making it to the playoffs. Carolina won a cup, missed the playoffs last year and, rather than running Ward out of town and trading Brind'Amour, the management was allowed to deal with things the way they wanted to. No feeding frenzy, no blame games, no panick in the stands and look at them now. They have a legitimate shot of winning it again this year.
When the Leafs lose it does not automatically equate to "somebody's got to get fired for this", sometimes it just means that the team stinks. The Leafs of the '80s stank even more, but at least the fans went home applauding the grit and workmanlike effort of some of their favourite players in a losing cause. The TO fans have lost this ability, to appreciate the game rather than the victory, and until they get it back the management will be forced to pander to the boo-birds and deliver a watered-down and compromised product.
Rick W., 2007-11-07 12:25:01
What does the goaltending situtaion in Ottawa have to do with this thread??
Your comments are totally irrelevant to the question about Toronto’s goaltender situation.
As far as I can see, the Leafs biggest problem is the defence. It doesn’t matter who is in the cage… with the way the D have played they will be hard pressed to be a .500 team. The season is far from over but, it almost seems that the players are not responding to the coaching and management. Time for a change!
PRICE, 2007-11-07 12:24:49
Should the Leafs even make the playoffs they'll be lucky to get through the first round without any notable defenceman.
JFJ needs to realize he needs to find a balance of keeping young draft picks and dumping overpaid veterans.
Maybe they can trade Sundin to the Sens for our cup run this year!!
JR, 2007-11-07 10:52:33
GO LEAFS GO!
TOADY, 2007-11-07 10:22:58
Raycroft shouldn't be willing to hand over the lead job so easily, but he has not shown brilliance to warrant the starting job. Yes, he did have an impressive number of wins last year, but it was the noticeable losses that haunt him. Teams lose games, and he shouldn't be faulted entirely for the ones that got away. One thing he hasn't done is score on his own net like his defencemen can.
Steve, 2007-11-07 08:50:13
I completely agree that Vesa is a better goalie, and Raycroft got blamed for the defencemans shortcomings last year. Neither goalie is a Kippr or Luongo caliber player that will carry your team through the playoffs without a little help from your defence.
And yes the Leafs need to make the playoffs to play the Sens, but with the worst defence in the league it'll be a tough.
JR, 2007-11-06 20:06:50