Joe Goalie Scout: Vesa Toskala

In this article we are going to focus upon newly acquired Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala.
Born:Tampere Finland
D.O.B: May 20 1977
Catches: Left
Previous Team(s):San Jose Sharks
Current Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Acquired: Trade w. San Jose

Still no takers for Raycroft

Still not traded, despite being shopped for 2-months

Last month, I wrote an article reporting that NHL teams were not expressing interest in acquiring Andrew Raycroft.

I indicated that GMs around the league are well aware that Raycroft was the primary reason the Leafs failed to make the playoffs, being ranked no. 32 in goals against and no. 35 in save percentage, despite the Leafs being ranked no. 2 in shots on goal differential.

In Sunday’s Toronto Sun, Steve Simmons is finally reporting what I pointed out last month – that there is still very little interest in Raycroft.

How Good Can the Leafs Be?

If you have kept track of the Leafs off-season you will know that they are vastly improved from last year. They improved goaltending and scoring and kept a good blue-line intact. Many would say the Leafs overacheived last year for such a average team when teams with star power and depth like Carolina finished lower. I think that 6th place is a good prediction for the Leafs because injuries will likely show their ugly face once again.

Top 5 Offensive Teams

With my top 5 teams and my top 5 defensive teams out of the way, I am ready to report on the top 5 offensive teams.

Rick Tocchet Sentenced to two Years Probation states that Rick Tocchet has been sentenced to two years probation for his involvement in a illegal sports gambling ring.

Linden Most Likely To Go To The Canucks

The Hockey Hearsay column on has stated that Alain Vigneault has approved Linden being resigned and now handsĀ his contract statusĀ over to Dave Nonis.

Vaananen to the Blue Jackets?

According to NHL Online the Columbus Blue Jackets are showing tons of intrest in former Colorado Avalanche defenceman Ossi Vaananen.

New Ottawa Senators Logo??

It appears that the Sens are next in line to come out with new jerseys. As per the Ottawa Senators website, the unveiling will be August 22 (next wednesday)… after some searching, I’ve found a forum which speculates what the new logo will look like with a couple of designs…

you can check them out here:

Outlook for Next Season: Top 5 Defensive teams

Out of all the NHL, which teams do you think will have the best defensive team?

From what I've heard and the Possibilities

Well Rumors just keep changing for the Canadiens eveyrday, who will be coming the Montreal and become the Next big name to play for The Habs? I thik we can all agree that none of us ahve a clue really, but there are some hints going around and I’m trying to piece them together. In the end we all know that I will be way off because when you think Gainey is going to od something he does the opposite. But here’s what I think may be happening

Vancouver Canucks Speculation

Everyone is aware of the Canucks major weakness…. Secondary Scoring!

From the net out they are arguably one of the best defensive teams in the dynamic Western Conference. Obviously this team is more defensive oriented then previous years of the run and gun style offence under Marc Crawford. If last year was any indication, you can count on more trapping-style play from the Canucks.

I have no problem with a defense-first philosophy, although some would say the best defense is a good offence. Defense can only take you so far, if your down a goal your going to need to get some offence going. Counting on three players on a 23 man roster just doesn’t seem logical.


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Devils Re-Sign Paul Martin

According to sportsnet and TSN, Paul Martin has resigned with the devils.