Scatchard's Return

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Toronto may be close to signing UFA Dave Scatchard.
Boston may be interested in seeing his return to Beantown as well.

As per TSN, Scatchard “has great size and very strong defensive instincts. Is a tough center to line up against. Can also play right wing effectively.”

He finished last season with 3 goals and 5 assists for a grand total of 8 points in 46 games, before being bought out by the Phoenix Coyotes.

In 635 career NHL games, Dave has 125 goals and 138 assists.

32 Responses to Scatchard's Return

  1. riseagainst says:

    Toronto already has that player like 10 times over (Pohl, Bates, Dev) he won't bring anything to the team expect he'll take Newburys spot on the line up.  Stupid signing unless they get him on a 2 way.

  2. mojo19 says:

    I agree, it would be okay if they sign him for like $600k max. and then he takes Newburry's spot as the fourth line centre…..but even then, once Wellwood gets back and Bell gets in there, there's not going to be room for him anyway

  3. riseagainst says:

    and I agree with you.

  4. Rico71 says:

    I agree also.

    Scatchard should be renamed Scratchcard. How many teams did he go through in the last 3 years? 3…4?

    This guy is washed up. He's so slow, he can't do anything. To score only 8 points on a pathetic team like Phoenix? Wow.

    What an acquisition he will be. Wasted money. Keep Newbury until Wellwood and Bell come back.


  5. leafy says:

    I agree too.  Unless of course JFJ hasn't finished tinkering with the roster.  Something tells me that this might be the first move of several to come.  He has a surplus of both defencemen AND forwards.  Something's a brewin'.

  6. leafy says:

    Comments on tonight's game:

    Obviously an embarrassment.  The whole team just didn't show up.  This begs the question of whether the shock of Jason Blake's announcement yesterday had a traumatic effect on the team.  It's not easy to cope psychologically from something like that.  It reminds me a lot of the game after the terrible Bryan Berard eye injury.  The Leafs, who were red hot before that tragic injury, got clobbered in the next game.  I suspect the same thing happened here.  Thus, I wouldn't put much stock into this game.

  7. scatch38 says:

    Scatchard hasnt played enough in the last year for you to really know how slow he is.  He put up eight points in barely a half season, doesnt matter what team he is on.  Last time I checked he wasnt paid to be scoring goals anyway hes a 3rd to 4th line checking center that wins a lot of face offs and sticks up for his team.  If you want a 40 goal scorer he is not your man but I dont know many 40 goal scorers left in free agency.

  8. senators101 says:

    If Raycroft was in net, he'd be shot! Toskala should have had the first two goals, but after that the defense played like shit. 

  9. leafy says:

    I will be the first to defend the goalie, whether it's Raycroft or Toskala, whenever the team plays like crap, as they did 2 years ago.  Last night, they played like crap.  Hopefully it was just a blip and nothing chronic.

  10. senators101 says:

    Even though Toskala made some HUGE saves, he let in 3 poooooor goals.  1st, 2nd, and the wrap-a-round.

    Where was McCabe on that breakaway goal? He stinks lol.

  11. leafy says:

    Clearly Toskala let in some bad ones, but let's see how he plays when the Leafs actually show up.  This is one game.  Raycroft has been playing poorly for 2 years now, going back to Boston.  But when the team plays like it did tonight, I'll be the first to defend even Raycroft, believe you me.

  12. senators101 says:

    You don't think Toskala should be blamed at all for this game? The Leafs were up 1-0 and went down 2-1 after 1 period on 2 goals that Toskala should have EASILY had.

    The shots after 1, were 12-10 –> pretty even.

    Going into the 2nd period 1-0 up is a lot different than going 2-1 down.  Especially when the go ahead goal occurs with 24 seconds left in the period.

    Toskala played his ass off in the 2nd and 3rd, but by that point, the leafs were done.  But nobody is blaming him.  This is what I'm saying.  If Raycroft let in those 2 goals, people would be up his ass.

  13. leafy says:

    If you want to make a fool of yourself, go right ahead.  It's a free country.

  14. senators101 says:

    OOOOO! Well thought out answer.  I especially liked how you debated the points at hand.  You're a scholar!

  15. MR40 says:

    That's too bad. It was a good debate.

  16. leafy says:

    I've debated with him for an eternity on this topic.  He fails to see that Raycroft is simply not a good goalie.  Within 2 years, he will be nothing more than a fringe goalie.  Just watch and see.  The only reason he's given so many chances is because he is riding the coat-tails of his Calder trophy.

  17. tancred says:

    Should the Leafs have pulled Toskala?  If so, when?  

    How about the Hurricanes having five forwards on their powerplay for much of their PP time?  Very interesting, but I don't think they can get away with that with a lot of teams.  I think it was Cole who had a breakaway, and White kept up with him really well, and made a good defensive play to break it up.  Tucker took some really stupid penalties.  Whitney and Cullen's goals were simply awesome. 
  18. Rico71 says:

    Anson Carter! The prolific…haw…forget it. He sucks. lol

    A defensive center like Scrachtcard needs to be able to follow Crosby, Stall, Brière, etc. Dave…lost a few steps. He never was a fast guy to start with.

    How will he defensively cover those guys? Why has he been dumped by so many teams in not so many years? SPEED! He ain't got any left. Never mind positioning, experience and all that…he simply cannot play in the NHL with any success. He's a guy that hooks and blocks. Refs…usually…call those penalties now.

    That's why guys like him, like Hatcher, Gill, etc…can't have much success.

    Might as well keep a young guy like Newbury and give him some ice time. Scratchy won't get any better. He will end up benched anyway when Wellwood comes back.

  19. Rico71 says:

    Jim Carey anyone? Raycroft is the reincarnation of Jim. lol

    Calder one year…disappears after that.

    Déjà Vu.

  20. mojo19 says:

    I’d sooner call up Gamache then sign Scatman. But if the PK really started to struggle and the leafs suffered a couple more injuries he might be an interesting short-term option. Kind of like when Green came in for about 10 games last year when we had all the injuries.

  21. lukeleim says:

    this signing would be pointless considering depth is our strong point. Right now I'd be more worried about our third line performance and the speed on the backend. I just hope last night wasn't a sign of things to come. I know jumping on the team after one bad game would be jumping to conclusions but this is just the 4th game into the season. I was embarrassed last night; literally embarrassed. The team is falling apart suddening early on this season… with our top player being diagnosed with cancer (this has to be on the back of his mind), our second line center injured, and one of our top 4 defenseman out for another week or so. Hal Gill looks like an ECHL player out there playing D. Slower than last if possible. To top it all off, Tucker has been playing terribly to start the season.

  22. lukeleim says:

    spelling *suddenly

  23. senators101 says:

    Try to understand something.  This post had nothing to do with Raycroft.  I was simply saying that giving up the lead tonight was TOSKALA's fault, not the team. 

    Where did I say anything about Raycroft being a good goalie in this debate? I said that if it was him in net, people would have been pissed.  I didn't say he was a good goalie, I didnt say he was a bad goalie.  We're talking about Toskala.  And the point is that those 2 goals to give Carolina the lead were his fault.

    Look at what I'm talking about instead of throwing it aside and assuming I'm thinking Raycroft is a good goalie.

  24. the_word says:

    Where is the Gill to Pittsburg trade proposal?

  25. leafy says:


  26. leafy says:

    And let's not forget Salamiman.  He's scored a few goals in this league.  But clearly Toronto's interest in Scatchard stems from their quest to patch up their defensive game.  But if he bombs, they're going to be wasting a roster spot on a has-been.

  27. riseagainst says:

    its pretty sad that no one has anything nice to say about this guy, I mean I half expected someone to say something positive but I guess he's that bad.

  28. Rico71 says:


    I was thinking the same thing.


  29. Rico71 says:

    He simply is not NHL caliber anymore.

    I don't want to slam the guy…but he will not help the Leafs at all.

    They need a defense. The forwards don't help out enough and the gap is too wide between forwards and defensemen. It showed against Carolina. They exploited it completely.

    Montreal tried to do the same the other night…but dumb defensive mistakes by Markov and Huet cost us an easy victory.

    They don't have enough DEFENSIVE Ds.

  30. leafy says:

    Great minds think alike.  lol

  31. scatch38 says:

    A healthy scatchard would be a nice fourth line center to have for face offs late in games as well as physical play.  also as bad as his point total has been lately he has thrived on the power play parking in front of the net so to say he wouldnt get better is false depending on health

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