Is it time to bring Curtis Joseph back?

There are rumors thet Curtis Joseph could be leaving Phoenix, and he said to the Star a few weeks ago he’d “prolly only wanna play for Phoenix or Toronto”. Which got me to thinking, is it time for the Return of CuJo?

Curtis Joseph is obviously up there with Orlando Hudson, Chris Bosh, Tie Domi, Don Cherry, and Mats Sundin as Toronto’s most loved sports personalities of all time, and while I like Belfour, I believe it’s time for a change.

I’m not going to get into any deal specifics, there’s no point, as it’s unlikely any ways, I would really just like to point out why CuJo should come back.

With some pretty bad Leaf teams, CuJo never lost the first round of the playoffs, with 3 playoff series wins over the Sens, one over the Penguins, one over the Flyers, and one over the Isles. Though he lost to the Canes, Sabres, and the Devils twice. Really you can’t blame him for any of them. The Leafs D crumbled (and a bad give away by Mogilny) causing the Leafs to lose in OT to the Canes, the Leafs only got 6 shots in one of the last games to the Devils, and Hasek was magnificent in 99 for the Sabres. I can’t remember what exactly happened in 2001 against the Devils, but it wasn’t CuJo’s fault in the least. So you’d expect that Belfour in half the time, should win half the playoff series as CuJo did in Toronto, but no, CuJo had 6 wins, Belfour so far has 1, and the Toronto teams Belfour played for were significantly better then CuJo’s Leafs.

CuJo showed up playoff time, and while the Leafs ussually play well (just not well enough!) in the playoffs (and yes, they play above themselves… just that’s not above Philly!) they have failed several times with Belfour, the only team they’ve been able to beat under him, CuJo beat 3 times, and come on, it’s Ottawa, we ALWAYS beat them in the playoffs. Might not this year, but it’s not the point.

Right now, CuJo is cheap, available, and possibley the best goalie in the world, with Vokoun, Marty, Kipper and the Dominator competing for the top spot, not to mention, CuJo (unlike the other 4) has never played on a team with a compitent defensecore, and still put up just as good/almost as good numbers. People will say CuJo’s no good all they want, but look at Phoenix, then look at Vokoun’s Preds, or Hasek’s Sens, or Brodeur’s Devils, or Kipper’s Flames, or Turco’s stars, and then try to figure out why CuJo’s numbers are right up there. The number one d-men on those teams are Redden, Zubov, Rafalski, Zidlicky, and Regehr, all better then CuJo’s Derek Morris.

So who else wants CuJo poll, could Micah, Lint, or Mikster, who ever posts this (if it does get posted) put a poll here for Leaf fans. I really think a change of goaltending would be great. The turning point in last nights game was the weak Heatley goal. We had a good forecheck going on, and some great penalty killing till then, and then we collapsed. Sucks to be a Leafs fan.

CuJo come home!

We did not make this up. We’re not aloud to make stuff up.

-L


6 Responses to Is it time to bring Curtis Joseph back?

  1. Lint07 says:

    A poll has been added to the main page.

  2. PaulK123 says:

    Ya man! Ever since Cujo left, theLeafs had not had much playoff success. I think the Leafs need Cujo back and at 37-years old we can get 1 maybe 2

    more decent years off him. Get rid of Belfour and Domi for CuJo and Brad Ference!

  3. cementhead says:

    OK MapleLeaf fans, let me clue you in one what is going on in the REST of the NHL…

    First, to PaulK123, the Yotes already traded Ferrence to NJ in Nov.

    Second, I know TML are only one point out of a playoff spot, but yotes are only 6 points out. Just over halfway through the season. Don’t count on the Yotes as being sellers just yet (or the same assumptions may be made for Toronto). Thus I wouldn’t be too quick to call Cujo “available”.

    Third, LeafyMcLeaf, I think this is the first time I have heard Morris reffered to as the Yotes best dman. I think 90% of fans would conclude the number one spot belongs to Paul Mara (although the techinically sound rookie Michalek, is putting up a very strong arguement – did you know for the past week he is probably averaging over 30 mins ice time?)

    Fourth, what is meant by “cheap”? I hope this is a reference to how much he is being paid and not how easily he could be aquired. Remember there are numerous teams looking to upgrade goaltending. Consider also Cujo’s pay, his experience, and his ability to excel under pressure. He would cost more than a left over prospect to attain, begging the question – who would you give up?

    Other than that – if he did leave Phoenix – I do think TO would be a good fit for him.

  4. Realistic says:

    “Curtis Joseph is obviously up there with Orlando Hudson, Chris Bosh, Tie Domi, Don Cherry, and Mats Sundin as Toronto’s most loved sports personalities of all time,”

    O-Dog? Bosh? Most beloved of all time??? Ummm, Pinball Clemons, Dougie Gilmour, Joe Carter, Tony Fernandez, Eddie Shack, Lanny McDonald I can see, O-Dog wasn’t here long enough and will be long forgotten in 3 yrs…Bosh, maybe if we can resign him, but it’s a wee bit early for that one.

    I’ve always loved Nik Borchevsky!!

  5. Realistic says:

    #2 and #3 are bang on and I think he meant cheap as in salary for #4.

    It ain’t gonna happen folks….like my name says, let’s be realistic!

  6. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    CUJO!!!!!!!!! wearing white and blue

    look, you seem to forget that cujo dumped the leafs to go play in detroit. most people let their blind faith in cujo lead them to forget his betrayal.

    and cujo cant be blamed for the leafs losing out in the 2nd or 3rd round, but he can hardly be credited for getting them that far. and the leafs had yuskevich back then, so our defence was much better than it is now. u wanna kow why we did so wel with cujo… because gary roberts, mats sundin, and alexander mogilney played like all stars. and guess who was the only half decent player in both of the leafs playoff matches vs philly… you guessed it Eddie belfour.

    Is it time to bring Curtis Joseph back?

    NO!

    by the way man, bosh, o-dog. c’mon. they’re good players of this era, but not heros

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