Letters from the edge
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Dear Curtis Joseph,
How do you like your chances of getting a ring now?
you left a team and a city that loved you to go to Detroit,
where you thought you had a better chance at winning the
Stanley Cup. Instead, you lost four straight games to the Mighty
in the first round, ending your season.
Now Dominik Hasek
is back and you are out of a job. I can't help but laugh
at you. You had it made in Toronto; the team, the fans and
the media loved you. You represented
everything that was good about sports.
Then you turned to the
dark side. You turned down Toronto's money and went to an arch
rival to win the Cup.
You sold out. I don't mean selling out
as far as money goes; we know you took less money to go to
Detroit. However, you still sold out. Whatever happened to
loyalty? Abandoning your team to go somewhere else to win is
also selling out.
You're not the only one doing it. Paul Kariya,
Ray Bourque, Karl Malone and Gary Payton all have done the
same thing over the last few years. They left their mediocre
teams to go to a team already stacked in order to win a championship.
So now what are you going to do Curtis? Detroit has three very
capable goalies and are not going to pay you and Hasek eight
million each. That means you are getting traded, despite your
I'd hate to ruin the surprise for you, but
you're not winning the Cup this year either.
When you finally
do get traded, you're not going to be a contender. You're not
going to Colorado. Even though they may need a quality goaltender,
the Wings would never trade you to a Conference rival who could
end up facing you early in the playoffs.
You're not going to
any decent team in the Western conference. St. Louis and Vancouver
may need goaltending to make them legitimate contenders, but
Detroit won't trade you to any Conference rival.
you're heading back to the Eastern conference. Sorry Cujo,
but all the contenders in the East already have all-star goalies.
Toronto has Ed Belfour, New Jersey has Martin Brodeur and Ottawa
has Patrick Lalime. Philadelphia and New York could use upgrades
between the pipes but not with your price tag.
Curtis, you should have stayed in Toronto. You had your chance
to be a hero and lead the Leafs to the Cup, but instead you
Your last words when you left Toronto were: "If
we don't win the Cup in Detroit, I hope Toronto does."
it didn't happen last year, when you are watching the playoffs
from the clubhouse after a round of golf this year, you will
be wishing you were still a Leaf.