Experts Rumour Update: Leafs Sign Toskala To Extension? Already?

According to Howard Berger, the Maple Leafs have completed the parameters of a contract extension with goalie Vesa Toskala, acquired last week with forward Mark Bell from the San Jose Sharks.

The Leafs cannot announce the extension until July 1st (Sunday) at the earliest, as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Details are sketchy but it could be a three-year deal plus a club option. The monetary aspect of the extension will not count against the Leafs’ salary cap figure in the coming season — Toskala is under contract for 2007-08 at $1.375 million.

Experts Look: Again, this can be seen as another bad move made by JFJ. He did the same thing last year with goalie Andrew Raycroft before even seeing how the netminder would do with the team and is now stuck with him and his contract which pays him over 2million a year. This could also be seen as the organization showing confidence in Toksala which may bare fruit for both sides but it is still too early to be throwing away money and terms to someone who has yet to play a full year as a #1 goaltender let alone has yet to dawn the Maple Leafs jersey….

14 Responses to Experts Rumour Update: Leafs Sign Toskala To Extension? Already?

  1. Downtown says:

    I'd like to know who this supposed expert is.

  2. lukeleim says:

    raycroft isn't over 2 mil. If the signed Toskala around 6 mil for 3 years (2 mil per) I'd say good deal. Anything more than 2 mil per year is risky.

  3. Leaf_Expert says:

    Raycroft made 1.9million last year. He has 2 years left with 2million for next year and 2.2 million for the year after.

    Here’s your link,

  4. Have2BeLeaf says:

    This guy has no clue what he's talking about. Raycroft at 2 million, 27 years old with 37 wins last season definitely has trade value.

    I like the fact that they are inking Toskala long term, he has already proven he can be a starter, all this other chatter is just bullshit semantics.
    JFJ traded 3 picks for him he better sign him long term, only makes sense. Why would you want to lose the asset you just gave up a lot for in one year?


    YOU DON'T!

    Good job JFJ!

    Now move this for cap space!

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  5. DJTOKid says:

    Thats 2mil a year average against the cap. Do you get that math man? Is that OVER 2mil?

  6. Leaf_Expert says:

    I wasn’t talking about the contract’s overall average.. I clearly was talking about the remaining 2years.

  7. rojoke says:

    Only the cap number matters.

    Regardless, you almost have to trade Raycroft at this point.  You deal a high-end prospect in Rask for Raycroft, then make another deal for an older career back-up to replace him, after he wins 37 games, almost a year later?  Raycroft took an awful lot of heat for the team's lack of success last year, and motivation he may have had to stay in TO and prove the naysayers wrong probably just disappeared.

    This move wasn't about the goaltender position.  It was about the GM position.  Ferguson made this deal to save his own job.  Either Toskala gets a Vezina nod, Bell scores 40 goals, or Fergie finds new employment next summer.

  8. mrdude75 says:

    Neither of those will happen, Fergilicous will lose his job.

  9. MR40 says:

    He had 37 wins, because he played 70+ games. It's the team in front of him that earned most of those games. He had one of the SV% in the NHL also.

  10. passionch says:

    If this does happen, I'd feel pretty bad for Raycroft and even more so for Toskala if the Leafs don't do better.  JFJ would be so dead.  Toskala is a proven no. 1 goalie but he hasn't shown how well he can play with Toronto and you give him an extension?  Doesn't make much sense unless you can predict the positive outcome.

  11. kamullia says:

    Is the “expert” Al Strachan? And yes, I know “expert” and “Strachan” used in the same sentence is a grammatical mistake, but in my defense, I was not the first one to erroneously call him an expert. This “expert surely the same general dim view of the situation.

    I certainly do not see how obtaining a goaltender for a 1st, and 2nd round picks, plus an extra 4th pick in 2009’s draft to just let him walk away (which is the implication of not signing him) at the end of the year is good business. Yes, the trade was for two players, but Toskala is the centerpiece without a doubt. And therefore, if JFJ did this, barring an unprecedented offensive explosion by Mark Bell, he would be fired at the end of the year.

    The thought to wait to see how the player performs first, before signing him, carries the high risk that the player does well, and decides to test the market. End result then, if JFJ would really want him back, is to grossly overpay him in order to obtain the services, whether before or after reaching free-agent status. End result of this option? JFJ probably gets fired at the end of the year, once you add-in his track record. Or does anyone think that the fact that the Maple Leafs are looking for a “Senior Advisor” for JFJ is because management is ecstatic with JFJ’s superb job? If this announced future hiring is not a message to JFJ that the axe is being held in the other hand and as a minimum we have a temporary competent replacement, then JFJ might as well request handicapped license plates, because no one would deny him the fact that he would be blind.

    Therefore, the only acceptable option, is to sign Toskala now, which both shows confidence and forward thinking. And all in all, even if Toskala did not pan out, which in my opinion is highly unlikely because I rate him much higher than I ever did rate Raycroft, but let’s say he does not pan out. JFJ did a trade and a signing for what he thought was honestly a good goaltender, which is the first reason of why trade for him. The thought is that at the end of that experiment, he might still have a job. Whereas the other options, are simply not very good for him.

    After all, if JFJ did not have the confidence in this goaltender, why trade for him in the first place? And then letting him walk for 3 picks? Or grossly overpay him? No, he might as well sign him now to a contract. He almost has to.

    Certainly the “expert” has not considered all available options and its implications. And if the “expert” is not Al Strachan, well then my apologies you. I did not mean to put you in such low regards as Al is.

  12. rojoke says:

    If you're in need of an expert, don't call Al Strachan.

    Al Strachan likes to think of himself as a responsible journalist, but many media experts may take issue with him in that regard.

    When it comes to making a laughing stock of sports journalism, Al Strachan is an expert of the highest order.

    Who says you can't use Al Strachan and expert in the same sentence.

  13. rojoke says:

    Toskala has never played close to a starter's schedule, so I wouldn't be quite that quick to say he's a proven no. 1 in the NHL.  He did a great job as an injury replacement, but he's never played more than 40 games in a year.  Starters usually end the season in the 65-75 range, if they stay healthy through the season.  How will he handle those games in February March, when the team is fighting for the division, home ice in the first round, or just a playoff berth?  The extension was way too early, especially when you have a starting goalie under contract already and are going to have a great deal of trouble dealing him.

  14. kamullia says:

    I absolutely stand corrected!!

    I can finally use another word when I talk directly about Al Strachan. Using “jackass” over and over was boring.

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