The Leafs DESPERATELY need a new goaltender

A few statistics on the Leafs situation.
The Maple Leafs were shut out the fourth fewest times. Twice, behind Calgary, and Detroit, who were both shutout once, and the Sabres were never shut out.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were eighth in goals for, behind Buffalo, Ottawa, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Nashville, San Jose and Calgary.

The Leafs had the sixth MOST goals against. Behind Philadelphia, Boston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Washington.

Now, we’re going to get some people pointing out the Leafs “weak defense”, and the slow likes of Hal Gill and Pavel Kubina being responsible for the Leafs high goals against total, but the Leafs had the seventh fewest shots against in the NHL, only behind Anaheim, New York, Dallas, Detroit, Tampa Bay, and San Jose.

Now, we have to assume that some of those shots against are terrible McCabe give aways in his own zone, but that still tells you something about the Leafs defense, and their goaltending.

So here the Leafs are, the seventh fewest shots against, the third highest shots for, the eighth most goals for, and yet this team can’t make the playoffs in a very week Eastern conference.

So whether it’s Tomas Vokoun, Vesa Toskala, Manny Fernandez, or former Leaf Curtis Joseph, of the four, Curtis Joseph had the worst season last year, and his save percentage was only .001 off of Andrew Raycrofts, with a non existent defense core. Probably leading to more quality shots against. It’s clear, the Maple Leafs need a change in goal, and it could make them into a contender.


18 Responses to The Leafs DESPERATELY need a new goaltender

  1. Glucker says:

    Leafy, have you heard anything other then Eklund's rumor of Mason or Fernandez to the Leafs? cuz i haven't… I've heard JFJ and Maurice say this is the guy for next year though… I think we're stuck w/ him, till his contract is done. I do think, however, that Raycroft will have a better season if he plays less games, that and his alleged summer training… this team coulda made the playoffs if not for injury and raycroft's piss poor playing… they're gonna be injured again this year, as they always are, but hopefully Raycroft will be better… or at least injured and out of play XD, we may make the playoffs this year, especially if we find a way to get Smyth AND keep Peca.

  2. Hoondog2 says:

    Unless we think we're gonna win the cup, i don't see the harm in letting Raycroft have 1 more season to prove his worth.  I see the Leafs making the playoffs at least.

  3. Scottman75 says:

    I think the Leafs are going to make a pitch for a goalie tonight at the draft by using Draft Picks and a D-man as bait.  Failing that, they will sign Joseph as the new backup goalie.

    That makes the most sense.

    Finally, Leafy, you need to stop bashing Kubina and Gill, let's give them one more year before tearing them apart.  Gill was great on the PK and Kubina was starting to come around at the end of the year. 

  4. Glucker says:

    i don't think he was bashing them, he was defending Kubina in another post, what he was saying as that other ppl are saying the reason the leafs sucked is because of Kubina and Gill being slow

  5. Scottman75 says:

    Completely on board with you there!

    Just need a strong backup.

    I don't want to go back to the days of Kidd where you are scared sh!tless everytime the opposition is coming down the ice towards you.

  6. Scottman75 says:

    My apologies Leafy! 

    I need to correct myself and concur with your statement about not bashing Gill and Kubina! 

    More coffee please….

  7. leemon says:

    JfJ better not trade draft picks for a backup goalie,or at the very least our high ones.Lets not forget fernandez is playing for jaque lemaire in his system and there is a reason he is not there #1 anymore and also he costs to much.I think one of toskala,garon or cujo might be you best and cheapest chance to land a good backup or a 1A goalie.

  8. Wilson52 says:

      I would like to see the Leafs add Joseph for the fact that they are putting a lot into Justin Pogge and I want the Leafs to be smart with their salary cap. It makes no sense to me to sacrifice players or draft picks to get a goalie when the Leafs think they have a potential franchise goalie in their system.
      If one player that the Leafs could move which can add a lot of options for the team in the future is McCabe. He coughs up the puck way too much and he takes up a lot of cap room. Hopefully you can get something that is decent in return. The Leafs will not get fair market value for McCabe (if he does have market value)

  9. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Kubina for Fernandez was mentioned on Leafs Lunch, but the goaltender that a lot of people, including Darren Dreger thing is going to the Leafs is Curtis Joseph.

  10. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Did you not read the article? I was defending Kubina and Gill. The "slow Hal Gill and Pavel Kubina" was me listing a pro-Rayflop talking point. I'd rather trade McCabe than Gill (best penalty killer on the team), or Pavel Kubina (was a solid number two defenseman in his worst season in years).

  11. mojo19 says:

    For that reason I'll agree. But I'd still rather see them target Weekes, Garon, or someone like this for a 2 year deal. Joseph is just horrible. I wish he'd learn to cut off angles, but no, he sits with his skates on the goal line and lets in shots from all kinds of angles.

  12. tucksfan says:

    i dont know why ev1 has a hate on for raycroft he is a good goalie who in the future will be a star he is still learning!

  13. mojo19 says:

    It was in an article in the Toronto Sun a few weeks ago that said JFJ and co. went out to dinner to put together a free agent wish list. Near the top of the list Ferguson said goaltending is one area they are looking to upgrade, and they're looking at a couple options. He then went on to say that he didn't mind Aubin, and thinks that could still be a good tandem.

    Bottom line, JFJ talks in circles and leaves people confused. But I believe he will target a solid back up who will play 20-30 games and push Raycroft.

  14. Wilson52 says:

       Yeah it is a tough spot that the Leafs are in.  Weekes and Garon would be ok but I would think they would want longer term contracts or more money and it would be hard to see where they fit into the picture when Pogge makes the jump to the NHL.  I know its sounds silly and some people say I may over emphasize this but every move you make you got to think how this move affect the salary cap and the future of the team. I know you do not like Joseph but the beauty to signing him is that he is low risk, low salary cap hit, short term and still capable at times. To me I think it would be a decent move to sign him.

  15. Scottman75 says:

    See the comment above my man…  I caught the mistake thanks to G-man.  I can't edit or delete…

  16. Glucker says:

    turns out you were right about us getting a goalie:P

  17. Scottman75 says:

    Man I love it when I'm right!

    See article above!

  18. rollinfatty says:

    I already mentioned all of those stats in my article called "What the Leafs should do…this one's nice and long." I'm the genius behind it. And as many know the leafs have now traded for Mark bell and toskala…toskala's great but mark bell? i think maybe they'll move antropov to center and have bell with the two towers or just have him as a third liner cuz i like wellwood with the two big guys. Of course, wellwood is a skilled player that the leafs lack and he should probably be with sundin so…something like.

    sundin-wellwood-free agent winger like smyth or karriya…i want anyone who we can sign to one year so not smyth in my opinion.

    don't criticize these too much cuz their just off the top of my head….

    then we come to the fact that we need more cap if we're gonna sign anyone so trade mccabe or kubina if there is a way. mccabe to islanders for witt and change? would they even go for that? i don't know. again, just off the top of my head…i'lll write an article after the draft i guess.

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