Toskala all out of chances?


Leafs GM once known to stand by his man in the crease, but the previously promising goaltender may be nearing an early end.
Brian Burke’s struggling hockey team is embroiled in a goalie controversy.

It was with the Canucks, after all, that Burke stood by his man in the crease, Dan Cloutier, after watching his No. 1 from 2001-02 to 2003-04 falter in key games, again and again.

Five years later, the Leafs are waiting on Swedish rookie Jonas (The Monster) Gustavsson to recover from a groin injury and potentially take over the No. 1 role. Vesa Toskala remains in no man’s land, rehabbing a minor injury in order to, presumably, sit on the bench in a baseball cap for his $4-million (U.S.) salary.

If Gustavsson falters, Toskala may get another chance, but the likelihood is that Burke begins to pursue other options.

He has learned his lesson.

“When I got to Anaheim, I said never again will I be short on goaltending. Never again,” Burke told a Toronto radio station earlier this week. “That’s part of the reason to go get The Monster, part of the reason to look at other available opportunities with guys.