leafs fan growing up and i remember a goalie by the name of Felix potvin came out of no where and took the league storm, had 2 great years when he helped take the leafs to 2 conference finals, he was very exciting to watch, unorthodox style, but dude put on a show, i remember as kids we would imulate his hotdog splits glove saves haha.
And then after we got another darn good goalie, Curtis Joseph. Went from cat to dog. Cujo was beastin too, helping us to 2 conference finals as well. Had a lot of big games as well.
Leaf nation, who do you like as leafs goalie more, potvin or Joseph ?
I'm gonna say Felix the cat, just because we went to game 7 against Gretzky and the kings. If we had of won that game it would of been a leafs Habs cup final. Actually, if we didn't run into Gretzky period in the conf finals that year we would of been in the cup finals!
Potvin was a very good goaltender on a better team. Cujo would steal you games that we had no reason being in. I remember a playoff series against Cujo (St Louis). The only reason it was a series was because of Cujo. I remember thinking to myself at that time - if we had that goaltender, we would have no problem winning the cup. I liked the Potvin team a lot better but Cujo at his peak was one of the best goaltenders I've seen & I saw this team win in '67.
Potvin. Would have won the cup if not for Fraser. Cujo ditched a decent team to try and win a cup with the Wings. Only to come back to the Leafs with his head in shame.
I'd have to agree. I think a lot of people forget how fantastic Potvin was for those two seasons. He absolutely won games for the club, and he did it after making Grant Fuhr, a very capable Fuhr, expendable. Taking nothing away from Joseph who was obviously a gifted goalie, but with Potvin, you had a goaltender who would go through a wall (or Hextall) and who came up through the system.
When Joseph left Edmonton, he left a lot of fans feeling betrayed. Did the same thing in Toronto, when the club I believe was 3rd in offence...That's 3rd in offence, but Detroit was that much better, enough for him to decline a contract offer that would have made him the highest paid goalie in the league.
I felt betrayed by Joseph as well. Great goalie, but if I'm given a choice between Potvin and Joseph and the rubber comes down to the character of the tender inspiring the team, give me Felix Potvin, ten times out of ten.
Last time I checked, in a head to head, it was Potvin 1 Joseph 0 anyway.
(to be fair, didn't know anything about Potvin, and I was very upset when Joseph left). To me it felt more like a big screw-you Quinn because of what happened at Salt Lake too. we were totally capable of winning a cup with what we had had had he stayed.