Maple Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala won't rule out the possibility he may have to undergo off-season surgery.
There is speculation that he may have to go under the knife when the season is over.
Toskala underwent an MRI last week on a sore hip, but it revealed that there was no structural damage. Still, the Finnish goaltender has played through hip and groin pain most of the season, to the point where he admitted that it is difficult to practice at 100% sometimes.
"I guess I have to talk to our doctors at the end of the season. They'll let me know what's going on and what's best for me and what's best for the team," Toskala said today when asked if off-season surgery is a possibility. "I don't know. We'll see.
"But I don't want to speculate on that," he added, when pressed if it would be his hip or groin that would require surgery.
Toskala has struggled at times this season, with a GAA of 3.31 and save percentage of .886, both well under his career numbers. His play has prompted criticism from both his head coach Ron Wilson and GM Brian Burke.
Toskala has hinted at times this season that there is more to his chronically sore hip and groin than meets the eye, telling the media at one point that he'll talk about it at length when the season is over.