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Cujo ready for call; Leaf get rest

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by John McCauley

TORONTO - It was expected that Curtis Joseph might get some good news about his Olympic status on Friday night, but there was nothing to report from Team Canada Executive Director Wayne Gretzky.

According to a published report on SLAM! Sports, Gretzky said he would announce who is going to be his third goalie in Salt Lake City. However, the Great One was not ready to make any kind of declaration, but did indicate there might be some news in that regard soon.

All indicators point toward Ed Belfour getting the bump in favour of Martin Brodeur and Joseph. Belfour sports a 2.72 goals against average and .896 save percentage while struggling with the Dallas Stars. Joseph and Brodeur are equal in save percentage(.902) but Cujo holds the edge in GAA by a slim margin, 2.29 to 2.32.

The talk is that Joseph and Brodeur will split duties for round-robin games and then head coach Pat Quinn will go with the hot-hand for the medal-round.

All three goalies have said they will accept the any role given by the management staff. Brodeur initially balked at that scenario but changed his mind on the topic.


While Mats Sundin and Tomas Kaberle are whooping it up with their All-Star pals in Los Angeles, the rest of the Maple Leafs are taking time for a little relaxation before getting back to action.

In an 82-game schedule you have to take advantage of the breaks when you get them, even in an Olympic year. After the Leafs 6-0 win in Atlanta many players were making plans for their four-day break.

Wade Belak could use a little relaxation on the beach after fights like this.
Graig Abel Photography
Rough and tumble Wade Belak has his sights set on a sandy beach and a little fun with the fish.

"My girlfriend and I are heading down to L.A. to hit the beach," Belak said. "I'm going to get some scuba diving in and rest up."

Others like Bryan McCabe have a little more low-key idea of how to use their extra time.

"I'm just going hang out with my wife and some friends," McCabe said. "Nothing to exciting just a lot of rest."

Once the All-Star festivities are over the Leafs play four games before another break, this time a two-week fiesta, while attention turns to the international stage in Salt Lake.

In total Toronto plays just five games in the month of February giving everyone, except the eight players and one coach at the Games, more leisure time than they've ever had during the winter months.
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