Decisions, decisions

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

The Leafs resume practice today, bracing for the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow and the expected wrath of media and home fans alike.

If they haven't been determined already, the first order of business is to decide the fate of goaltenders Andrew Raycroft, Scott Clemmensen and Justin Pogge.

Vesa Toskala had eight periods of work in California with eight goals against and no apparent concerns about his groin injury. Team confidence in Raycroft has been shaken by a couple of recent starts, though it might be too harsh to put him on waivers and pay him NHL money to ride the bus with the Marlies.

Pogge must play regularly to continue his development and little is gained by keeping him on the end of the Leafs' bench amid a losing atmosphere. The veteran Clemmensen might be the better fit here.

PENALTY PROBLEMS

Toronto's inability to get a lead and protect it is a symptom of penalty problems. They've given up at least two power play goals in the past three losses and were in command of a 2-0 game against the Sharks until Boyd Devereaux, Jiri Tlusty and Hal Gill went off, leading to the tying goal.

Gill, already called for delay of game earlier in the contest thought he'd been wronged by the officials for what he thought was a mild cross check.

"Bad timing," he said of being sent off with Tlusty already in the box. "They haven't called that all year and when you're defending a 5-on-4 you usually get some (discretion)."

SKILLS COMPETITION

Chad Kilger will be trying to break his NHL and 'world' record for hardest shot when the Leafs stage their annual skills competition on Feb. 10 at the Air Canada Centre.

Kilger uncorked a 106.6 miles per hour shot last year that broke one-time Leaf Al Iafrate's record.

Other competitions include fastest skater, target shooting and one-on-one shootouts. Tickets are on sale at www.mapleleafs.com. Prices are $14.50 and $18.50 per ticket, with net proceeds to the Leafs Fund and the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund.


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