I completely agree. Everyone keeps analyzing the D, but in my opinion the weakest link was Vesa Toskala.
Lots of the Leafs losses this season came during games where the Leafs outshot and outplayed their opponent. All the Leafs needed to win those games was average goaltending and Toskala couldn't even provide that.
Refusing to take instructions from his goalie coach Francois Allare and having an "I don't give a s***" attitude didn't help matters either.
I laughed my ass off when Anaheim dealt him without even playing him. I guess it didn't take long for them to realize he is crap.
Giguere has much better technique than most goalies in the league; his issues are mental. If he can get his head straight he can get back to form among one of the top goalies in the league. Furthermore, when he does have his head straight, he is one of the goalies in the league who is the kind of guy who takes the playoff pressure and comes up with his best games. Guys like Jiggy, Ozzie, Brodeur, Roy, Vernon, Hextall, etc. are examples of this while other guys have shown that when the playoff pressure gets heavy and they need to come up big for their team, they just shut down and can't do it. Luongo is the biggest name example of this type in the league right now; he has shown no ability to play his best under do-or-die pressure when his team needs it the most; instead he has repeatedly fallen apart.
Giguere is at a dangerous point in his career; he could turn it around into a great career, or he could fall apart into a washed up nothing.
Edited by eva unit zero, 27 May 2010 - 09:41 PM.