Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/19/12 at 11:47 PM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The Leafs showed during their western road trip last week that they are miles away from being a contender. Just about every part of their game has weaknesses and now it looks like they have to start all over again in trying to find a goaltender.
However, Burke also said in that e-mail message, “We are not looking for a goaltender at this point.” That could be because none are available at a decent price and Burke wisely thinks it’s better to wait until summer to plug this gaping chasm. Youngsters such as Jhonas Enroth or Anders Lindback plus any young goaltender who wasn’t included in a Nash trade might be available then.
The No. 1 issue with a young team is often confidence. The Leafs’ shoddy goaltending is doing nothing in this regard, which makes it a critical issue to address before next season.
In any event, the Leafs are at a point where trading for Nash doesn’t make much sense. They are still a team on the rise despite their troubles. But they are not one or two players away from winning the Stanley Cup.
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