Worst Leafs Trades Since 1967 Countdown – No. 1: Rask for Raycroft

Tuukka Rask is the all-time leader in wins among goaltenders drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Every single one of those wins has been with the Boston Bruins.

After the 2005-06 season, it was clear that the Leafs needed a new starting goaltender. Despite boasting a strong offence, poor goaltending was a key reason why the Leafs came up just short of making the playoffs in the first season after the lockout.
Father Time had clearly caught up with Ed Belfour, as the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer posted a .892 save percentage in 49 starts. Former top prospect Mikael Tellqvist clearly wasn’t the solution, as he had put together a .895 save percentage over 40 career starts. The de facto best option was journeyman J-S Aubin, who came in and put up a .924 save percentage in an 11-game heater down the stretch. But Aubin was a career backup, so buying into a small sample size like that obviously wouldn’t have been prudent.
Toronto had goaltenders in their system, but none of them were close to being ready to take over an NHL net.
There was Justin Pogge, Toronto’s third-round pick from the 2004 draft. Pogge was coming off …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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