What to do with Andrew Raycroft

Now that Vesa Toskala has signed a new contract that will pay him 4 million dollars a year, double Andew Raycroft’s current salary, its pretty clear that JFJ declares Vesa has Toronto’s new number one.

There is no sense in carrying a 2 million dollar back up. The leafs could trade Raycroft to possible teams such has Phoenix or L.A. both need a goalie who could be a Number 1. This would also give the leafs an extra 2 million in cap space. Giving them a total of 4 million.

If JFJ wishes he could likley pursue guys like Shanahan or Guerin or Peter Foresberg, if healthy could be a consderation.

As for a Replacement for Raycroft, JFJ should try to get a goalie that would come cheap. Possibley Curtis Joesph, bringing back JS Aubin or maybe even look at at Justin Pogge (but he is a longshot). Cujo would be the best option.

So if Raycroft is traded the leafs could get their hands on Shanahan and also bring back Cujo.


11 Responses to What to do with Andrew Raycroft

  1. PaulK123 says:

    Cujo-1.5 Million
    Shanny-4 Million
    Impossible, thats 5.5 million…

  2. jakstad says:

    I would like to think that the leafs could move Raycroft, but the reality is, they can't. LA wants a true goalie who can make saves time to time, and lets be honest, Raycroft is not there man. They could pursue other goalies such as, Kevin Weekes or even a guy like Olaf Kolzig. The leafs are stuck with Raycroft. But honestly he isn't so bad. When he is on the road he is good, but for some reason at home he struggles. Now with next years signing of Toskala, Raycroft will not get much time in goal. The leafs and him have two options. Number 1 they try and trade him until 2008, when that fails they can release him or put him on waivers and use the extra cap money at the deadline if they want to make a playoff push. Number 2, they keep Raycroft as support for Toskala and let poor Justin Pogge sit in the AHL wondering why he isn't in the NHL yet. I like option one, but the leafs will have to do something. Sorry about how long it is but i have something else to say about pursuing Shanahan or Guerin or even Foresberg…not happening. Shanny is looking for 4-5 million, which the leafs dont have. Guerin is washed up and wants 3-3.5 million, which is ridiculous. Foresberg will get a 5-6 million deal and the leafs are not even pursuing him. Having said that, Alexei Yashin is available. He can score 20 goals, 60 points and will sign a two-year deal cheap in hopes to get the big bucks after those years are done. It would be a smart deal becuase then we would have three solid centres (Sundin, Yashin, Wellwood) and also provide some leadership to a Matt Stajan or Steen…or even that other guy…Ondrus (lol)…anyways hope the leafs do good for their sake and JFJs. Anyways peace for now and read my posts 😉

  3. Nevyn says:

    Hey, if we get offered something worthwhile for Raycroft, I'm all for it, but lets clear up some things.

    Toskala will make 4 million a year starting in 08/09.  This year, Toskala and Raycroft combined make less than that.  Raycroft is gone in 08/09. So your characterization is misleading.

    Next, you are suggesting bringing in tow rusty old relics (Joseph and Shanahan). This isn't 2000.  And the leafs have screwed themselves enough trying to get the last dying gasp of talent from aging veterans. Its time to let the kids play.

  4. Afg_Pimp says:

    Raycroft is probably going to get traded leafs t.v said that  their are speculation that leafs are going to give Raycroft, McCabe and one forward for Brad Richards because tamp bay are in need of a Defensemen that's only tru if tamp bay dosent get Sheldon souray so we will have to wait.

    THis IS Just  SPECULATION   

  5. Toonces99 says:

    Guerin scored 36 goals last year, how is that washed up….? He may not be young, but the guy can still score…actually he scored more goals than Shanahan, but Shanny had 8 more points (l think)….Guerin will get his money, if Bertuzzi got 4 mill per year, these guys will get more….although l do agree, Yashin is an interesting option…l wonder how he will do this year…l've read and heard in many places this guy will be a steal this year…hmmmm, l doubt that he will end up in Toronto….

  6. Toonces99 says:

    I highly doubt McCabe will lift his NTC clause to go to Tampa…l can see Kubina being included in that trade…but not McCabe…wouldn't that be a great trade….wow

  7. ty656789 says:

    just when i thought JFJ was doing a pretty decent job he goes and signs toskala to 4 mil a year. Even if toskala does well hes probably not going to get much more than 4 mil on the open market as a free agent. I personally think that raycroft showed alot of potential and that they should have given him another chance. signing toskala for 1 year to a pretty reasonable contract was genius in my mind. You have 2 goalies that could potentially be #1s for one year each and around the trade deadline sign whichever one ends up stealing the sole #1 job and either trade or  let go the #2 at the end of the year. either way, you dont really lose in the long term. No brainer in my mind. What if Raycroft ends up being the better of the 2 and they want to get rid of Toskala? Do you sign 2 goalies at 3 or 4 mil a year if toskala is untradeable? then you have 17 mil in defence locked for years and potentially another 6-8 on goaltending. JFJ had finally put himself in a no lose situation and then he blew it within 4 days!!!!!! This is why we wont have a cup in T.O for a few years at least.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SINCE WHEN DO WE JUST WANT TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS????

     

  8. leafsrule1967 says:

    I agree fully with you on that nevyn the leafs should stick with there youth not wasting money on old vets we tried that and failed

  9. julian84_12 says:

    this tradee would be really good for the organization.. it would bring a reall scoring winger to toronto–BRAD RICHARDS. a proven scorer who can pass the puck and can be a future Captain and replacement for Mats Sundin. He can turn into a franchise player for Toronto and being still young will still have an impactt. If this does happen Toronto should aquire a new defenceman. Whether a stay at home or shooting defenceman..hmm

  10. julian84_12 says:

    Brad richards for McCabe, Raycroft, Stajan would be Greatt but it sounds like a longshot rumour.

    this tradee would although be really good for the organization.. it would bring a reall scoring winger to toronto–BRAD RICHARDS. a proven scorer who can pass the puck and can be a future Captain and replacement for Mats Sundin. He can turn into a franchise player for Toronto and being still young will still have an impactt. If this does happen Toronto should aquire a new defenceman. Whether a stay at home or shooting defenceman..hmm

  11. TimmyHoHo says:

    I think that Brad Richards leaving Tampa Bay is a long shot at best.  Tampa does need to spread their salaries out better thouh, so I guess it's possible.  I would rather McCabe than Souray personally because McCabe was a plus 2 and Souray ws a minus 28.  64 points and a misus 28 means you were on the ice for a ton of goals!

    I think if we want Richards then we have to pony up.  That means Tlusty and/or Kulemin plus the 2009 first rounder plus Kubina or McCabe plus Raycroft and maybe another roster player like Pohl or Kilger.  It could be possible…I also would have said that Joe Thornton would never be traded.
    The best move ever would be to get Richards, even with his crap contract. I think Razor has potential but I would lose any player in the Leafs organization for Richards, especially considering that Sundin could retire at any moment.

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