Toronto Maple Leafs at the Trade Deadline: Leafs Grab Martin Gerber Off Waivers

Jordan VertoneAnalyst IMarch 4, 2009

Ottawa goaltender Martin Gerber has reportedly been picked up off waivers by Brain Burke's Toronto Maple Leafs. This comes as a surprise to Leafs Nation and now brings some questions up about the goaltending situation in Toronto. 

After a very strong season last year, as the No. 1 goalie for the Senators putting up a 30-win season, he has definitely been a disappointment this season. After losing his No. 1 job this year to Alex Auld and Brian Elliot, he has only played in 14 games this year.

In those games he has four wins and a total of 10 losses, along with very disappointing numbers to go along with the below par record.

Toskala has been having an inconsistent year all season long as well, going from hot streaks to cold streaks. Toskala has been having problems with a groin injury lately and is expected to go under the knife this off season.

However, with the pick up of Gerber, this may mean Toskala is done for the season and going to get a head start on the healing process, to be fully ready for next season.

Gerber, however, is a great person in the locker room and has proved before the he can play and be a No. 1 goalie in the league. We are not quite sure how Gerber will fit into the Leafs' plans just yet, but we do know that the leafs have picked up a solid goalie and person.

The most likely possibility for the rest of this season, is that Toskala will be done to take the extra time to heal up, while Gerber and Joseph finish the last 18 games. If this is the case, it may not be a popular move with Leaf fans, as many still have hope for the playoffs but it may be for the best in the long run to go into next season with a healthy Toskala.

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