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Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins was initially drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
For a point in time, it felt like James Reimer really was a diamond in the rough, that he would make Torontonians forget all about the Mikael Tellqvists and Vesa Toskalas of the past.
But alas, the pressure to live up to such lofty standards must have somehow, someway, gotten to him, and Leafs fans must now continue to admire Tuukka Rask from afar and wonder what might have been if John Ferguson Jr. had not been such a crummy GM.
If only a goalie was available—a proven one, of course—one capable of withstanding the pressures of playing in a hockey-centric town and the gravitational pull of living in the center of the universe. Is it possible that Roberto Luongo is that goalie? Yes…the promised one foretold about in the prophecies, born of a rival tribe who will bring stability to the Toronto crease, something that has not been there since the days of the one they called Cujo.
And, if he ends up getting traded elsewhere, don’t fret. I hear Andrew Raycroft’s available.
Players most likely to be dealt:
- Draft picks, prospects (for Luongo)
- Nazem Kadri (who, try as he might, just isn’t panning out, folks)
- Vancouver Canucks