If you've seen the movie The Dark Knight, you've been introduced to the character known as Two-Face.
Being two-faced means a character has two personalities. When it comes to the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is a player that fits that description perfectly: Vesa Toskala.
Toskala has been very streaky during his tenure with the Maple Leafs this season.
All goalies go though streaks throughout the course of their careers, but this is Toskala’s season that we are talking about.
The Leafs' leading goalie has a very unconvincing 12-9 record with only one shutout in 27 games. Yet, he has a 3.01 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.891—not what one would expect from a goaltender with such a mediocre record.
There have been a few who have suggested that Toronto should start veteran Curtis Joseph in place of Toskala, thus reliving the days when Joseph played full-time for the Leafs from 1998-2001.
Sadly, times have changed since those seasons and the Maple Leafs are a very different team now. Plus, after 18 seasons in the NHL, Joseph would likely have to sign with another team if he wanted to be a starting netminder.
Having Joseph as the back-up is a great play for the Leafs because it allows Toskala to have a mentor who has been in his position before.
Toskala has not had a stellar start to the season, but Toronto fans should not blame him for the Leafs' ranking 24th in the NHL. There have been many games this season that were lost in regulation by just one goal. Most of these games have not been Toskala’s fault, as the lack of scoring plays a big part in the losses.
One thing that is on Vesa Toskala’s side is that he is welcomed by the Toronto fans. They are giving him a chance to prove himself.
Toskala has recently started to turn his game around and has really helped the team in tough situations. Luckily for him, he has another two-and-a-half years remaining on his contact to show how much he is truly worth to this young team.