Toskala out; Gerber picked up

Updated: March 4, 2009, 6:48 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up Martin Gerber off re-entry waivers from the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, adding some depth in goal after the club announced Vesa Toskala was done for the season.

Tosakala, who hasn't lost in regulation since Jan. 19, will have hip and groin surgery and was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

He made 49 saves during a 3-2 overtime loss to New Jersey on Tuesday night, but nothing specific happened in that game to force him to shut it down for the year.

"We've been knowing what's going on for a while," Toskala said. "We made the decision together. We need to start healing as soon as possible because recovery might take quite a long time."

Toskala is 22-17-11 in 53 appearances this season with a 3.26 goals-against average and .891 save percentage. He expects the recovery period to last up to four months.

Gerber is 4-9-1 in 14 appearances this season with a 2.86 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. He's spent the past couple of months with Binghamton in the American Hockey League.

Gerber, who is making $3.7 million this season, will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Leafs will pay half his salary for the remainder of the season.

The Maple Leafs also picked up defenseman Erik Reitz off waivers from the New York Rangers.

Reitz has two points in 42 games with the Rangers and Minnesota Wild this season.


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