Eagle considering flight plan (Toronto Star)

According to the Toronto Star, Eddie Belfour’s days, as have been speculated, may be over.

The Leafs, yesterday, added Jean-Sebastian Aubin, to their list of call ups. Something they haven’t done all year.

Also, at Leafs practise yesterday, was JF Racine.

Some would think this internal movement is a bit weird, if the trade deadline wasn’t this Thursday.

“I don’t want to be anywhere where I’m not wanted,” Belfour said when asked whether he would waive his clause. “I want to be where I’m wanted.”

Rumours have him being sent to the Incredible Edmonton Oilers

My personal opinion on the Eagle making his nest in the Gateway to the North?

He would be a good asset to the Oilers for a playoff run this year.

This year only.

He’s still a great goaltender, though his stats show him to be having a poor year, I think a great deal of this has to do with lack of support from the horrible Leaf defense.

I think with Pronger, Smith, Staios, you know, professional defensemen, Belfour would be revived, and he would thrive.

Besides, he sort of owes it to the Oil, as in the past, he was responsible for a few playoff knockouts, with Dallas.


On the Darcy Tucker rumour front, here’s what he has to say:

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Tucker said. “I make $1.6 million and I have a year left on my deal. What would you get for me? I’m sure there are teams that would like to have me, but it doesn’t make any sense. Why would you trade a guy who is making $1.6 million who would probably take less money to stay in Toronto?”


37 Responses to Eagle considering flight plan (Toronto Star)

  1. hackm says:

    Nice post…

    Tucker sounds like a stand-up guy..

  2. 92-93 says:

    wow – Tucker’s comments are right on the money. As for Belfour leaving Toronto – will Edmonton be willing to pick up his option. I just don’t see it happening (even though i’ve made some speculations about that happening). more realistic for the oiler: Biron to Edmonton.

  3. lukeleim says:

    wicked post… KEEP TUCKEr; he’s playing good and for 1.6 he’s a bargain; seems to be a pretty loyal player to the Leafs.

  4. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Bad move for the Oil. Belfour would only waive his no-trade clause if the team dealing for him honoured the option for next years contract at $4.5 million. So basically, you’d hope for Belfour to deliver in this years playoffs and then what next year? Make him your #1? Not at his age. Make him your backup? Not at $4.5 million. He could be a good mentor for the younger goalies in Edmonton, but Belfour likes his workload so anything less than being the #1 might not sit well with him and might reflect in his play.

    I like Belfour, I’ve defended him all along, and maybe behind a decent defense he’d do alright, but he is 40 years old and ain’t gettin’ any younger, and the toughest training regimen can only take you so far.

    Bad move for the Oil, but as a Leaf fan I’d love for it to go down.

    As for Tucker, I don’t see him going anywhere. He’s under contract for next year, is a tough player who can score and would be a valuable asset for the Leafs to use to sell hockey in Toronto to free agents this summer.

  5. curtman96 says:

    DARCY TUCKER IS THE BACKBONE OF THE LEAFS. Toronto would be retarded to trade him…. Hope belfour bounces outta here, too expensive, even tho toronto has shitty defence, his days are past its peak in toronto.

  6. The-President says:

    Hereing what Belfour said, I kinda feel bad for the guy

  7. markjohnston says:

    wow, good for tucker.

    hate him or not, you have to respect his honesty in this…and he’s right!

  8. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Gretzkin, you are a true Oiler’s follower. I applaud you for this. Long live the Incredible Edmonton Oilers. They truly are the Mighty Oilers of Edmonton.

  9. shakrmakr says:

    Incredible Edmonton Oilers?

    When your barely in the playoffs and Horcoff is your number 1 center that is not incredible.

  10. SensDude says:

    Have I seens right, Aubin was called up by the LEAFS ??? Have I missed something here , since when Aubin is with the Leafs ??? He was in Pittsburgh not too long ago ?!?!?!?!

  11. The-President says:

    He was signed in the off season and has been playing in the minors.

  12. The-President says:

    By the way, where do you see the Aubin news?

  13. Gretzkin says:

    It’s in the link at the bottom of the Article.

    Or, go directly to the Toronto Star sports section, if it doesn’t work. It’s the headline at the moment.


  14. The-President says:


  15. Gretzkin says:

    Love them.

    Oh, and this just in…

    Apparently next year, the Mighty Oilers of Edmonton will be dropping the “Mighty” part from their title, and simply are just going to be called “The Oilers”.

    I’m not against this idea, because, as we all know, the “Mighty” is just totally obvious.

    GO OIL!!!!!!!!

  16. Stuv_Dogg says:


  17. muckies says:

    Just Think how much a team that will be in the playoffs would pay for Darcy Tucker right now!!!

    This years playoffs and next years with Tucker in your Line-up is what some GM’s Dream about.

    I could easily see a Western Conference GM willing to cough up a 1st round choice to get Tucker under contract for two years.

    Nashville, Los Angeles, Colorado, Edmonton, would trade 1 first rounder for him, I’m sure.

    The Leafs need to start rebuilding, and Tucker is a huge asset for JFJ. Trade him and go into the draft with two 1st rounders, ready to reload the team with young talent.

  18. Aetherial says:

    I actually do not think it would be a bad move for Edmonton.

    Belfour has shown signs of his old form this year. I think his head and his heart (like most of the Leafs) are not in it right now.

    He is a proven playoff goalie. It think in a situation like Edmonton he may be a solid playoff pick-up. He will cost money, but likely not cost a lot otherwise. Edmonton may lose Peca’s salary along the way, although I think Peca may be injured and untradeable?

    Tucker is exactly right on with what he said. Given his production and his play this year and the money he is making… why trade him?

  19. 92-93 says:

    yeah peca is injured and won’t/can’t be traded – unless he recovers before the deadline.

    as for tucker – i don’t want to see him leave but he could be the difference-maker in getting any serious deals done.

  20. Aetherial says:

    OR the theory could be that, given his play and his salary and the intangible *grit* he brings to a team, his value may never be higher and thus the Leafs maybe should trade him… they aren’t contending this year or next…

    If they get a good return, yeah maybe that is not such a bad move.

    Or, like you said, he may be a necessary piece to completing another deal?

    Hmmm, Carolina maybe?

  21. intothevoid001 says:

    totally agree with you, i’m very curious as to what toronto would get for him if anything significant, maybe a winger. you gotta think the team taking on his salary would have to clear some of their own unless they could just absorb it.

  22. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    someone wants belfour? meh better if its edmonton that just makes it easier for colorado to beat them.

  23. Gretzkin says:

    What’s a Colorado?

    I remember way back when there was an NHL team in Denver that they called the Avalanche.

    They were formerly the Quebec Nordiques, and once they traded for Patrick Roy, they won the Cup that year.

    Then, once Roy retired, and Forsbeg went away, they sort of fell of the face of the earth.

    What happened to them?

    I haven’t heard a thing about them in recent years.


    Does Colorado still have a Team in the NHL?

    Are they called the Penguins?

    If you haven’t seen this site yet, you MUST go to it.

    It’s the funniest hockey site I’ve ever seen in my life.

    I think every team should have a site like this…

    Thanks for the link Leafy!


  24. curtman96 says:

    Big deal you will get a late first round pick for a standup guy who is still young and in his prime…The draft pick they get in the late round could endup never being the quality player tucker is. I can see if he was 35 and his career was closing in but you dont trade guys who are in their prime years and love the team they play for, just stupid.

  25. FlamingHomer says:

    Thanks a lot. You made me puke on my keyboard.

  26. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Hahaha, nice post. The only reason that I knew the Avalanche are still a part of the NHL is because the Mighty Oilers of Edmonton continuously crush them. But seriously, they need to move the Av’s back to Quebec City, so they can have a real hockey fan base to support them……………And yeah, Leafy, nice link to that Av’s site.

  27. The-President says:


  28. TMK88 says:

    Real hockey base to support them?

    The Avalanche have sold out every game, ever, at the Pepsi Center.

  29. Gretzkin says:

    Doesn’t mean they know anything about hockey.

    Just desperate to be seen, I guess.

    Nobody cares about Denver.

  30. goalieman32 says:

    i have to say that any trade involving belfour will be a total flop for the team that aquires the bum. it isnt the poor d in front of him. he isnt as sharp as he used to be and with the decrease in pad size, it just got worse for eddie. most of the goals that he gives up are rather soft and add that to the rather large sum he would be making on another team next year, it isnt worth the risk. there are other goalies on the market that are cheaper and better.

  31. wec69 says:

    like to see tucker in flyer orange, any thoughts?

  32. Realistic says:

    He is definately a stand-up guy

  33. Realistic says:

    Don’t feel bad for Eddie…he has been a first class dick most of his career and he has been paid a lot of money by Toronto over the last few years and he is not playing at the level he is being paid, so I feel no symapthy for him at all…see ya Eddie…nothing personal, just business

  34. Realistic says:

    I’ll give you guys Belfour for free. I’m not trying to make a smarta$$ comment or anything, it’s just he of no use to us in Toronto anymore – I’d rather let Tellqvist start the rest of the season to get some confidence. Belfour may have something left in the tank and I would rather he help the Oilers, a cdn team, then some US based team. If the Oil will pay that silly $1.5mm buyout (bullshite) in Eddie’s contract, I’m happy with that as a Leaf fan…and hopefully Eddie can help Edmonton make a run.

  35. darthjudd says:

    Tucker isn’t going anywhere, because of three things 1. his play this season 2. his contract 3. his loyalty to the LEAFS. Belfour could be moved, but the whole thing about the team picking up his contract next year is going to stop teams from pursuing him. The Oilers and Lightning need a goalie upgrade and if they can’t acquire Joseph, JS Giguere, Biron, or Roloson then Belfour would be picked up. I’m an OIL fan and i would like to see either Joseph or Biron in net come playoffs

  36. 93213 says:

    I love Tucker. He’s always been one of my favorite Leafs and I’m very happy to see him do so well this season.

    I do not want to lose him.

    But as a side note, now with Cole out, wouldn’t he be a great guy to slot in Carolina?

  37. thatleafsguy says:

    I think I speak for all when I say:

    “Let the eagle soar,

    Like she’s never soared before.

    From rocky coast to golden shore,

    Let the mighty eagle soar.

    Soar with healing in her wings,

    As the land beneath her sings:

    ‘Only god, no other kings.’

    This country’s far too young to die.

    We’ve still got a lot of climbing to do,

    And we can make it if we try.

    Built by toils and struggles

    God has led us through.”

    Lyrics to song written and sung by John Ashcroft

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