There are rumors that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Anaheim Ducks are talking trade that will send Jean-Sebastien Giguere east with Vesa Toskala sent the other way.
Randy Youngman of the Orange County Register wrote the Maple Leafs want Giguere to mentor rookie Jonas Gustavsson. An added bonus for Giguere would be being re-united with his goaltending coach Francois Allaire. The Leafs would pick up Giguere's contract for the rest of this season and next, while Toskala would be headed the other way to finish out the rest of his remaining contract as he can become a UFA after this season. If the deal comes to fruition, it will increase the fantasy value of Jonas Hiller who will be the undisputed number one in Anaheim and lower the value of Giguere, who will back up Gustavsson in Toronto, unless Gustavsson slumps.
I dunno if I like the idea of taking 6 Million in salary for this year and next year for a backup goaltender. I much rather have Toskala for this year with the expiring contract. Plus, I wouldn't want Giguere taking starts away from Gustavsson
Yeah, let's have Jonas play well enough to deserve some more starts and then smash his hopes and dreams like a pack of powdered donuts at a weightloss convention by going out and getting a "number 1" goalie. And I say "number 1" because I don't know that JS is all that spectacular for 6 million.
The Leafs don't need to spend $6 million on a backup. Toskala is off the books next year and Gustavsson needs to be re-signed. Anaheim is in the same boat with Hiller which is why they want to make a move so they aren't paying $10 million for goalies so why would Toronto want to put themselves in that boat?
Anaheim buys Giguere out, that is what I see happening.
Half of that 6 million would need to be washed for next year. Finger is the likely candidate, but it could someone like Hagman as well.
This is not going to happen, it's even less likely that its Hagman.
Can I please be informed why we are getting a needless goaltender (Gustavsson is just fine and I have no problem plopping Toskala in against weaker teams) and giving up scoring, which we need desperately.
It would not surprise me to see BB add a veteran goalie to be a mentor, and he knows JS as well as anyone else, and I'd bet he'd love to have that kind of goaltending depth. Hasn't he said something about never being in the same situation again that he was in Vancouver.
“He told The Fan yesterday that he learned his goaltending lesson in Vancouver, where Dan Cloutier sabotaged some pretty good teams, whether due to injuries or otherwise. “So I got to Anaheim and I said, ‘Never again will I be short on goaltending,” Burke said. “‘Never again.’
“Goaltending is like pitching,” he told the radio station. “It doesn’t matter how good the rest of your team is … It doesn’t matter what other positions you solve, it doesn’t matter if you’re GM of the year for the other positions – if you don’t have goaltending, you’re going home.”
However, I don't see him paying $10 000 000 for his goalies next year.
It seems pretty obvious that, as he said above, all the moves he made over the summer are pretty irrelevant until he finds a goalie. A guy who will relax the players in Toronto and carry the load until Jonas is ready and seasoned. His front office staff have to find that guy who can come in and, oh, I don’t know, make a big save right out of the gate. Burke knows it, question is can he get it. Time will tell.