Vesa Toskala: Don't Panic Yet! Remember, Ed Belfour Started Slow One Year, Too

Sean PaddisonCorrespondent INovember 18, 2008

It was not too long ago when a freshly acquired Ed Belfour arrived on the scene in Toronto and started his first season as a Leaf with a number of disappointing performances.

It appeared back then that Belfour had lost his mojo. But, of course, he had not. Soon, chants of E-DDIE E-DDIE could be heard in the ACC.

Vesa Toskala's record does not indicate anywhere that he falls into prolonged slumps.

All he needs is a solid defensive effort in front of him to let him get his first shutout, in a while, and his confidence should be restored.

If he has, in fact, lost his net sense, then he would join Andrew Raycroft in a very small group of goalies that truly lose it.

As troubling as it might seem right now for Leafs fans, I'm not really that worried. Toskala is a high-calibre goalie and I'm sure this is just a blip on the radar.

I will not be surprised to see Toskala back to his usual sharp self before Christmas.

He just has to get into a groove.

The worst thing the Leafs can do right now is to further weaken his confidence by taking away his playing time.

He needs to fight through this.

Quite frankly, I'd rather him work out the kinks of a slump now when the rest of the team is also working out kinks, rather than later, when it means more.

So maybe we should just take a deep breath, close our eyes, and say to ourselves, "Toskala will be fine, it just needs a little more time".

In the meantime, we can try not to grind our teeth while he works through this.