Pogge Signed


    The Leafs (former?) goalie of the future is officially back for another year with the club.  With the signing of Jonas Gustavsson, media and fans alike decreed Pogge’s chance to charge in and become the Leafs saviour had all but run out.  Of course, it’s far too early to completely give up on a tender with Justin’s potential, and Brian Burke earlier stated his intentions to qualify the 23 year old without any hesitation.

    Reports indicate that Pogge has been signed to a one year, two-way deal valued at just over 600 000.  It’s quite clear that this is Pogge’s last chance to show Leafs management that he can play consistently at a big league level, or he’ll likely be strutting his stuff in different colours next season.  Pogge will begin the year with the Marlies once again, with incumbent James Reimer providing a serious push for the starting job on the Leafs farm team.

    There is hope that the inclusion of Francois Allaire as the organization’s goaltending coach will be a boon to the struggling youngster.  Pogge clearly has the tools to be an impact goaltender at the NHL level, but many have mused about a lack of mental fortitude that has hindered his development.  Furthermore, much has been said about whether the young Canadian had a fair chance with the Leafs last year, as he was brought up sporadically and often left wondering where his defense was.  Regardless, the fact of the matter is that Justin will have to show some definitive progress this season if he hopes that his once-bright future in the NHL can be set back on track.