Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Tellqvist is in

With back woes taking Ed Belfour out of tonight's Toronto-Boston game, there's talk that Swedish youngster Mikael Tellqvist could earn himself the starter's role to close the season.
Depending upon how long Belfour is out, Tellqvist could get an extended string of games and the chance to show that he can be a No. 1 goalie for this franchise. If that happens, how Tellqvist plays will likely go a long way to determining how the Leafs deal with Belfour's contract this summer.
The Leafs would desperately like to rid themselves of Belfour's $4.5-million contract next season, so what they really need is for Tellqvist to show he's capable of taking this team's reins next year. How better to do that than to lead this team to at least sniffing distance of the final playoff spot?


At 4:52 p.m., March 14, 2006, Blogger ninja said...

Could Quinn be turning over a new Leaf?

This could be a number of things: a)Belfour's body is really banged up b) Belfour's ego is really banged up after all the negativity around the trade-deadline, and him saying he wanted to be where he is wanted c) JFJ wanting to take Telly for a test-drive to see if he needs to acquire a starter during the off-season d) and to minimize criticism if Telly wasn't given a good long look before giving him the starting role next year.

At 5:51 p.m., March 14, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I really do believe Belfour is hurting — otherwise I wouldn't see the Leafs calling up Aubin from the Marlies and putting their veteran up in the press box. Still, though, you're right about more going on than 'more back woes' from Belfour.

The tenor of Leafs' fans musings lately suggests they'd like to see more of Tellqvist, to see if he can, in fact, lead this team next season. Looks like they'll get their wish, at least for now.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Links to this post:

Create a Link


Free Page Rank Checker
eXTReMe Tracker