Toskala to face Mats

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

Vesa Toskala backed up rookie Justin Pogge last night and is scheduled to start against Mats Sundin and the visiting Vancouver Canucks tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre.

Toskala underwent an MRI on his hip on Tuesday and while the findings revealed that there is no structural damage, both the goaltender and the team are being somewhat mysterious on why the Finnish goaltender, who has struggled this year, is in constant pain.

Toskala, who has a sub-par 3.38 goals against average and .883% save percentage this season, would say only that he is "relieved" to have the MRI done and to have more information on his sore hip.

"I had a good (morning skate) yesterday and I'm ready to play," he said.

Pogge will be sent back down to the Marlies, probably today.

Coach Ron Wilson, meanwhile, elected to dress veteran forward Boyd Devereaux last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Devereaux's first start as a Leaf this season. He has played in 45 games with the Marlies this season, picking up nine goals and 16 points and is a plus-1. Brad May sat out.

PURCHASE OFFICIAL

Larry Tanenbaum, president of Kilmer Sports Inc. and the MLSEL chairman has completed the previously announced purchase of an additional 7.7% of MLSEL from CTVglobemedia Inc. As a result of the purchase, Tanenbaum has increased his ownership to 20.5%, making him the second largest shareholder of MLSEL. The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, which holds 58.4%, continues to be the largest shareholder in MLSEL. CTVgm continues to hold a 7.7% interest in MLSEL.

GOING TO THE DOGS

Cujo -- the bulldog-pug, found in a Bleecker St. co-op apartment last Tuesday leashed to a cupboard door, sitting in urine and feces, without food and water -- met the other Cujo yesterday following the Leafs' morning skate at the ACC. Tre Smith, the Toronto Humane Society's chief cruelty investigator, brought Cujo the pup into the dressing to meet the Leafs' Cujo, goaltender Curtis Joseph. Joseph was happy to meet the pup, relieved that he is under the care of the Humane Society and honoured that someone named the dog after him.

HARD WORDS

Toronto forward Matt Stajan said he expects the team's longtime ex-captain, Mats Sundin, to receive a standing ovation when he returns to the ACC tomorrow night with the Vancouver Canucks.

"It's all he deserves. He has done nothing but good things for this organization."


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