Leafs vs. Sens - Commentary from both sides of the aisle.
It's good news for Eddie & the local pubs. Now he can go drink his face off without getting in trouble from JFJ.It's bad news for the leafs, because now they don't have his back or age to blame for the current contribution to the Cupless streak. The pile gets shorter. We're catching up - woo!
Sorry to hear that. It always sucks to see a guy who probably should've retired earlier (slightly) have a lackluster exit.He's done a lot for the game and was there for Canada when they called. Too bad he finished his career with the empire of evil.Big game tonight for the Leafs. Not strictly BoO, but if they still have any hopes they need to deliver the goods.
yeah, that too. The blue and white on his back blinded my recollection of his time in Chicago, Dallas and while wearing the only Maple Leaf worth cheering. Another storied career fading while wearing the blue and white (sigh).I'm waiting for his retire date to hock his rookie card on eBay. Any takers?
I agree with geeiwonder and thm. Belfour was one of my favourites...until he went over to the dark side.
And he probably shortened his career more than a couple months (years?) saving the Leafs' collective asses over the last few seasons, too. 80% of the time he's been here, he's been team MVP, and he worked hard for that.
Now nearly all those Leafs I respected and did not understand when I was young are gone, but I still reach out to them. Of course, now Belfour's too old to be much of a goalie, and now of course he usually plays the big games alone, although most fans think he shouldn't. Like many players in Toronto where the drunken fans are beligerent in their cries, he often does not start playing until the third period. Then in the quiet post-game lockeroom, all existence fades to a being with his soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Drunken Coach and a four-man change and the hope that a prospect will rise.Eventually, all shots are on his pads, and a puck runs through them.
...and let's be honest...it's Belfour (with Lalime's help) that's beaten Ottawa in the playoffs...not the rest of the Leafs, they were just there to slow things down.
Ok, now that I've finished cleaning the juice I just chortle-spewed all over the keyboard, let's all think of Eddie the Great and raise your glass. ('cause you know he's gonna steal it off the table and drink it on ya')
Why would Eddie need to steal a drink? He's a billionaire...he can buy his own
"I'm waiting for his retire date to hock his rookie card on eBay. Any takers?"eBay turns up 1620 items for "Belfour" (and 84 for "Belfour rookie"). HockeyDB.com lists 720 cards currently available for Ed Belfour. If you want to make money, make sure it's rare and desired.
I'll have a drink with Eddie - it's not his fault JFJ wanted to give him $4.5m to play this year. Fair enough. I do bet, however, that he retires as soon as his byout cheque clears.
Speaking of creaky goalies, how's Domenic "why does everyone assume he'll get injured" Hasek doing? One thing Sens fans can learn from Eddie's last few years is what a gamble goalies like that can be. The whole team can be firing on all cylinders, but if some eccentric middle-aged man slept funny last night, your team is boned. I remember when Belfour's back was so bad he didn't even practise, he only played games. Got the job done in the end, though.
I can't see Eddie coming back next year. He'd want to sign with a contender and nobody would pin their hopes on a wonky back. Despite Belfour's play against my Sens last year, I've always liked Eddie the Eagle. It's possible I still have his Upper Deck rookie card, back when... he wore an Osgood-style mask?
One thing Sens fans can learn from Eddie's last few years is what a gamble goalies like that can be.I think they knew that going in, hence why they got Hasek for such a cheap price.And I doubt they look at Hasek as a long term thing.The real lesson is don't sign a goalie in his late 30's, who has a history of back problems and needs surgery, to a $6 million a year contract.I would've thought this was obvious, but apparently not.The whole team can be firing on all cylinders, but if some eccentric middle-aged man slept funny last night, your team is boned.While this is true, was this lesson learned by the Leafs? At what point were they ever firing on all cylinders? Belfour, as bad as he played this year on a lot of nights, is not the reason the team is where they are.
cmcmurtry- the Leafs don't learn hard lessons, only their fans. I fully expect them to sign the next closest thing to Belfour next season.
I think the Leafs will stick with Telqvist next season, maybe bring in a veteran backup, someone like a Roloson, depends on who's available but I don't think they'll bring in a starting goalie. They have pretty good depth in the minors for Goalies. You got Aubin and Racine and the other one who played in the Juniors, name escapes me. I think the leafs need to focus on building up their offense and bring a little more grit to the team like they had with Roberts.