Cujo’s Last Stand

Richard Griffin, the Star’s baseball guru writes a nice piece on the Leafs game last night and echos many of the same thoughts about the meaning of Cujo’s sudden appointment to starting goalie (at least for 2 games):

“So, eight days later, same opponent, same need to rest Toskala, why not call Pogge up again to face a team that he beat in his debut? Why not repeat a formula that produced a victory just a week ago? The next night, when the Leafs returned home to face the Stars on Dec. 23, the night after Pogge’s debut, with Toskala still feeling groin woes, coach Ron Wilson wouldn’t give Joseph the start. Instead, he sat on the bench for the first seven goals against Toskala before entering in relief.

The Leafs’ philosophy somehow changed in the space of a week. After three straight losses by the frying Finn heading into last night, instead of Pogge, Joseph got the nod. One may be excused for thinking Joseph’s swan song is at hand. If he is indeed going to exit stage right – certainly not a slam-dunk – it should be with the dignity he deserves. The Leafs, if that is the plan, seem to be allowing that to happen.”

Funny some folks think that the Buds don’t have that soft place in their hearts. Remember this, Cujo left the leafs at the alter to head down the 401 to Detroit. His public reasoning at the time was that he wanted to win. The insinuation then was that the Leafs couldn’t win. Many of the those saying MLSE is heartless said Cujo could never come home.

My question is, what role will he play with the Buds if any after his playing days are over?

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