Toronto Maple Leafs at the Trade Deadline: Toskala Placed on Injured Reserve

Jordan VertoneAnalyst IMarch 4, 2009

After the unexpected waiver pickup of Ottawa goaltender Martin Gerber by the Toronto Maple Leafs, GM Brian Burke has confirmed the goalie-situation for the rest of the season.

Toskala who has been in some pain caused by both groin and hip injuries, will sit the rest of the season out and has been placed on the injured reserve list.

Toskala has had a very inconsistent season this year, however he was very hot as of late down this stretch run for the Maple Leafs.

Unfortunately, his injuries are no longer small enough that he can just play through them to finish the season, as he was expected to do followed by offseason surgery.

Toskala will go under the knife as soon as possible to begin his rehab so he can be ready to go next season for the Leafs. He is expected to have the surgery sometime within the next month followed by four months of rehab.

After finding out the time frame of rehab, the Leafs decided to pull Toskala out for the year and get him a head start.

The Leafs are currently nine points out of the last and final playoff spot in the East in a very close race for the last couple of months.

However, the Leafs are getting a great goaltender in Gerber who was a star in Ottawa last season, but has definitely been a disappointment so far this year. The Leafs believe that they will still be a contender with Gerber and Curtis Joseph in the net for the last 18 games of the season.

Gerber once again gets an opportunity to show that he can play and be a No. 1 goalie in the league, and Joseph will get many opportunities to say goodbye to the NHL and the Leafs fans with Toskala now out. Gerber, however, is expected to get the majority of the starts for the remainder of the schedule.