Leafs' Toskala has season-ending surgery
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala will spend the next 12 weeks recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.
The procedure was performed Monday night by Dr. Marc Philippon, a specialist at the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Vail, Colo.
Toskala, 31, finished the season with a 22-17-11 record and one shutout, with career lows in goals-against average (3.26) and save percentage (.891).
Toskala told reporters last Wednesday that he needed season-ending surgery, less than 24 hours after he kicked aside 49 of 52 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Martin Gerber and Curtis Joseph will handle the netminding duties in the absence of Toskala, who is 120-70-22 overall, with five ties and 12 shutouts, since he was drafted in the fourth round (90th overall) by the San Jose Sharks in 1995.
Toskala has a tidy 2.67 GAA and .905 save percentage in 234 NHL games.
He served as Evgeni Nabokov's backup for five seasons before the Sharks dealt him and forward Mark Bell to Toronto for first-, second- and fourth-round draft picks on June 22, 2007.
Van Ryn, Frogren shelved long-term
Also on the injury front, the Maple Leafs confirmed Tuesday that defenceman Mike Van Ryn will need 10 weeks to fully recover from the knee injury he suffered in last Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Van Ryn, 29, sustained a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, but he won't require surgery.
The London, Ont., native was limited by two concussions to just 27 games this season, posting three goals and eight assists for 11 points.
Rookie rearguard Jonas Frogren, who sprained the MCL in his left knee on Saturday, will be sidelined four weeks.
Frogren, 28, has one goal and seven points in 41 games with Toronto this season.
With files from the Canadian Press