Our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and newly acquired netminder Vesa Toskala have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension. This contract begins after next season.
That's some serious cabbage for a 30-year-old who has never been a number one goaltender in this league. Last season, his best in the NHL, he was 26-10-1 with a 2.35 goals against average and .908 save percentage with San Jose, but Evgeny Nabokov was the #1 guy in town. Throwing a two year $8 million contract extension at this point seems a little risky and overly generous to me.
I hope it all works out and Toskala helps me forget the name Andrew Raycroft. I hope we unload Raycroft to some sucker, sign Cujo to back up Toskala and wait for Justin Pogge to develop into the next Martin Brodeur.
Here are some Toskala highlights to tide us over until the 2007/2008 season begins.