There’s an abundance of hopefuls trying to impress Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock and his staff for a chance to join the roster prior to the team’s season opener on Oct. 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs appear to be finished with forwards Curtis Glencross and Devin Setoguchi as the hockey club prepares to cut the roster down to 23 of the team’s finest. Both men had hopes of proving their worth to Toronto when they were offered player tryout contracts this summer.
There may have been a tight leash on Setoguchi in Toronto, but in two preseason games against the Ottawa Senators and Canadiens, he did not register a single point wearing the blue and white colors. Setoguchi is a 28-year-old forward who played in 12 games as a member of the Calgary Flames last year with a plus/minus of -7. He has had to fight some off-ice demons, and it sounded great that he might have found a spot with the Maple Leafs.
There was more of an upside with 32-year-old Glencross, who scored 35 points in 71 games with the Flames and Washington Capitals last season. During training camp with the Flames, he scored three points in four games. As a member of the Maple Leafs, he did not register a single point in the preseason tilts.
The Leafs cutting ties with Glencross and Setoguchi demonstrate one of two things. They are either showing fans that they are fully committed to a full rebuild, or the recent rumors of a Travis Zajac may actually occur. I don’t think that Setoguchi would be a good fit. However, I thought Glencross would be.
You have to applaud the Maple Leafs for at least stepping out and offering player tryout contracts to Glencross, Setoguchi and Brad Boyes. The team is still deciding on Boyes’ future, but it is great to see that they took a chance on Setoguchi and Glencross. They have veteran NHL experience and the team was probably hoping that they could supplement some of the points lost when they dealt Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1.