Leafs to show the money

Newly acquired goalie Vesa Toskala is in line for a hefty raise from the Maple Leafs. (Sun File)

Newly acquired goalie Vesa Toskala is in line for a hefty raise from the Maple Leafs. (Sun File)

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Vesa Toskala is on the verge of a hefty raise.

In a deal that could be announced as early as today, the recently-acquired Maple Leafs goaltender is in line for a two-year contract extension worth $8 million US from his new employers.

Toskala, 30, is scheduled to make $1.375 million this season before the extension kicks in.

The pact comes less than two weeks after Toskala was acquired along with forward Mark Bell from the San Jose Sharks for a first-, second- and fourth-round draft pick.

The numbers associated with Toskala's extension should come as no surprise, given the fact the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this year inked goalie Marty Biron to a two-year, $7-million extension after he was brought in from the Buffalo Sabres during a trade deadline deal.

While Biron has seen significantly more playing time than Toskala during their respective NHL careers, the stats are in favour of the Leafs goalie. Toskala is 37 games above .500, 20 more than Biron; has a lower career goals-against average (2.35-2.55); and owns a better save percentage (.914-.909).

Meanwhile the Leafs, if they so choose, officially can begin talking today with former Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler regarding the highly-publicized advisory role to general manager John Ferguson.

The Leafs asked the Senators to speak to the 73-year-old Muckler, but reportedly were told they would have to wait until July 4 so that he would not help Ferguson choose talent during the free-agent frenzy of this past weekend.

While yesterday's free-agency headlines were topped by the Los Angeles Kings acquisition of defenceman Brad Stuart (one-year, $3.5 million) and the New Jersey Devils' signing of forward Dainius Zubrus (six years, $20.4 million), the biggest news of the day came out of Edmonton concerning the one that got away.

On their official team website, the Oilers released a statement claiming they had come to an agreement on a deal with agent Mike Gillis on July 1 that would bring forward Michael Nylander to Edmonton.

When they learned less than 24 hours later that Nylander had inked a contract with the Washington Capitals, they were shocked.

"The Oilers are examining and pursuing every course of action available in the best interest of the team and our fans," the statement said.

The league is aware of the situation.

"To this point, we've only had a brief conversation with Edmonton regarding this matter," NHL executive Bill Daly said last night in an e-mail. "Obviously we take these matters seriously and will look into all the relevant facts. If the allegations are substantiated, we will do whatever we can to assist the club in obtaining appropriate relief in accordance with the procedures set forth in our collective bargaining agreement."

The Oilers did re-sign forward Raffi Torres to a three-year, $6.75-million deal yesterday.


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