Friday, January 11, 2008

Pogge Called Up

If you haven't guessed already... all is not well in Leaf-land. The Maple Leafs have been struggling mightily and a couple of moves have been made to try and right the ship. On Friday, the Leafs called up goaltending prospect, Justin Pogge (non-pool), to try and stabilize the team in net. Both Vesa Toskala (Benson) and Andrew Raycroft (Jeff) haven't been able to string many good starts together, so this call up might be able to do one of two things. 1) Give Pogge a chance to earn his stripes with the big club and/or 2) put the fear of being replaced into both Toskala and Raycroft.

Pogge is currently 13-3-4 with the AHL Marlies and has some pretty respectable numbers.

Also on Friday, they claimed forward Dominic Moore (non-pool) off of the waiver wire from the Minnesota Wild. Moore, a utility centre, has a goal and 2 assists in 30 games this season. He has a faceoff winning percentage of 52.4%, which is possibly his best stat and possibly what he could be used most effectively for. His -11 rating is quite glaring, especially on a Minnesota Wild team that prides itself on defense.

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