Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Why is Vesa Toskala so bad this year?

Vesa Toskala is 44th among NHL goalies with a GAA of 3.34 and 47th with a SAV% of .882. There are just horrendous numbers. How could Toskala be so good last season and so bad this season. I had been suspecting for some time that he was playing through an injury. Last season he had gone through a rough period due to a groin injury so I just figured it had returned.

Sure enough, this week I heard Ron Wilson on The Fan more or less confirm that Toskala has been playing through a groin injury. Based on his numbers he has been less than successful. It makes you wonder why he keeps playing in a season that the team has no chance in making the playoffs. Wouldn't this be a good time to provide Justin Pogge with some NHL experience?