Thursday, June 26, 2008

Getting Old?

The Schizophrenic Leafs

A report from the Globe suggests the Leafs, who rightly got rid of Darcy Tucker, Kyle Wellwood and possibly Andrew Raycroft, may replace those players with two guys from the late 90s Leafs: Curtis Joseph and Gary Roberts.

I'm not sure how bringing back these two yester-stars will help the club this upcoming season. The Leafs need to rebuild, and by leaving Tucker, Wellwood and Raycroft off their roster, it suggests the team is moving in that direction. Bringing back two old men to provide leadership seems misguided (or more like the same old) as both Joseph and Roberts would be better served in a veteran's role on a club in Cup contention. The Leafs, if they are rebuilding (have to constantly add the preposition), will not need a Roberts or a Joseph.

The Star had a different report that quoted Cliff Fletcher suggesting the Leafs won't go the senior tour route:

"We're not going to be in the bidding for older players, anybody 31, 32, that age bracket," said Fletcher. "We're more interested in free agents, 27, 28, 29, who legitimately – if we have a team that can compete three years from now – will still be a big part of it."

Yeah, this'll work.


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