what if Cujo never left?
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11-03-2012, 07:09 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
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In 2005 we still pick Rask IMO. You always pick BPA and goalies aren't ready for typically 4-5 years anyways. I mean, Boston has Rask and just selected Subban in a similar spot that we selected Rask in.
I don't think a whole lot changes since we had Belfour. 2006 we'd make it I believe. I don't think we'd go deep as we had a bunch of aging players but we were out by what, 1-2 points despite Belfour playing bad?
But Cujo let his ego get in the way and decided to leave. It was his choice. He was bitter over the Olympics debacle, even though we won gold. Quinn obviously made the right choice but Cujo couldn't see past it and it affected his Leafs tenure.
You're probably right about us taking Rask. If we didn't, the next 2 most likely were Matt Lashoff and Jakub Kindl.
But take what you just said a step further; Toronto makes the playoffs in 2006 but presumably does not win the cup. Let's assume a realistic scenario where Joseph isn't the Joseph of old but at least holds his own. His backup is Mikael Tellqvist. Remember heading into that year Telly was considered the goalie of the future. That was his first year as the backup but unfortunately he was thrust into the starters role once Belfour got hurt. I don't think he would have been successful but I think the plan would have been for Joseph to eventually pass the torch to Telly. So when Josephs skills eventually eroded, they would have gone to Tellqvist and THEN gone out and traded for a goalie assuming Tellqvist doesn't succeed.
Also would JFJ had been fired in 2008 if he'd gotten the leafs into the playoffs either of the previous years? Something else I forgot to mention is we'd likely be in better shape capwise; consider the cap hits Toskala, Belfour, and Raycroft got us especially with 2 of the 3 getting bought out.
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