Raycroft the Scapegoat

This is long, and I offer no apology because of it. I took a lot of time out of my week to get this together, so that we can all debate this as fans of hockey. Feel free to bash me, but please, if you think Raycroft is all so bad, read this entirely and check the videos on NHL.com. When the Leafs lost, the usually lost by more than goal. Going to through out some season Rankings for the leafs before I start.

3 Trade Options…Make Your Pick Bob!

Well, there are three possible scenarios that have been laid out for the habs. Of course some minor players in the deals might switch, but the key players remain the same.

1) The basic trade is with San Jose that I’m sure many of you have heard about. The possible variations are:

Habs made an offer to Brisebois?

The Montreal Canadiens have reportedly made an offer to UFA Defencemen Patrice Brisebois believed to be a 700 000$, 1-year contract.

A new Lowe

Kevin Lowe is desparate. He thought he had Nylander, but lost him. He thought he had Vanek, but lost him. Now one has to wonder what he thinks about Penner.

Who Has Been the REAL GM of the Rangers?

So, who has been the GM of the Rangers for the past few years?  A couple of months ago I would have said Glen Sather but now I wonder. 

Sabres avoid arbitration and lock up Roy

According to tsn.ca, The Buffalo Sabres have avoided salary arbitration with Derek Roy, re-signing the forward to a US$24-million, six-year deal.

Raycroft not triggering interest from NHL teams

Still not traded, despite being shopped for 1-month 

Last week, I wrote an article outlining how Andrew Raycroft, not the Maple Leaf defence, was to blame for Toronto’s failure to make the playoffs.  Briefly, I pointed out that Raycroft ranked no. 32 in goals against and no. 35 in save percentage, despite the Leafs being ranked no. 2 in shots on goal differential and all 6 top defenders having a plus rating.
 

While many readers agreed with this assessment, there were a few that still persisted to argue that the Toronto defence was the problem, despite all evidence to the contrary.  These individuals contend that Raycroft is actually a good goalie and will “one day” be an excellent NHL goalie.
 

If true, it begs the question as to why Raycroft has not been traded yet?

Goal For Canucks Is To Find Some Goals

After acquiring Roberto Luongo last summer and naming Alain Vigneault as coach, the team completely changed direction from an offensive minded squad to one very consciencious defensively. While this has led the Canucks to some instant success, getting back to the playoffs and reaching the 2nd round, to take the next step, the team is going to need to get back something they have lost along the way and that is some offence.

Oilers tender offer sheet to Ducks' Penner

The Edmonton Oilers are back at it again, tendering a five year, $21.5 million offer sheet to Anaheim Ducks Group II restricted free agent Dustin Penner.

Gelinas Signs With the Preds…

Gelinas signs a 1 year deal with Nashville…

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=214705&hubname=nhl

Mike Peca: Genius

Mike Peca is going to stay in the area. He will be a Buffalo Sabre or a Toronto Maple Leaf, and he’s getting to play where he wants to play. Why has he manipulated it so he can play where he wants, where as other players, dying to be Leafs, or dying to stay, like Joe Nieuwendyk, Eric Lindros, or even Wayne Gretzky failed.

Staal Brothers Arrested

Jordan arrested and charged

Leafs defense discussion from a different angle

One of the things many hockey fans, or really most sports fans, have seen is the dreaded “Prevent Defense”. It’s that magical time in a game when the strategy turns from continuing your success by producing more offense to concentrating primarily on defense. For hockey, this usually happens when a team leads after the second period. The idea being, “if we can prevent the other team from scoring for 20 minutes, we win.”


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