Would Dafoe want to be a backup though? I think it's smarter to go after Weekes. He's better and I think would be willing to take a backup roll in TO if he gets his chance to prove himself. If he signs with TO for 3 years, and Belfour is gone in 1 or 2, the Leafs could have themselves a number one and there won't be a gap after the Eagle retires.
Watters said today that Belfour might have to surgery for his back & Leafs were looking for another goaltender. He said Weekes is off the market & is going to the Rangers. He said Dafoe is a possibility because JFJ was interested in him at the deadline.
If Belfour takes the surgery option, and I say he should if it's that serious..
1. Is the season going to start in early October? hate to say it - not likely
2. Say it does, 8 weeks, well Mr. Tellqvist, this is what you've been training for, here's the reigns.. Tellqvist looked just fine in his 8? starts last year and I say they ride out Belfour's rehab with the guy whose, for now, the heir. This is a strong enough team that they're still going to win the majority of those games, I feel it would be the best move. They don't need to bring in anyone or, DEFINITELY don't trade assets for a goaltender. I mean, JFJ said, barring a poor camp, Telly WOULD be the backup - so he'll be backing up then right? I say show faith in the guy - if he doesn't cut it then make a move after a trial period. Give Telly the ball and let him run with it.
im backing telly up. i was impressed by his 7 game unbeaten streak. he will sooner or later come up huge for us. I will still be comfortable giving him the nod if eddie gets injured anytime ( i hope not ), therefor giving him the backup role. He makes amazing saves...big saves. am i wrong?
I'm not so sure that Dafoe would be signed as a starter.I'm thinking more along the lines of an insurance policy.Telly should still get the starters job with Dafoe or whomever as the backup.Dont forget we have nobody in the minors that has shown the potential to even be an nhl backup.