Leafs Report

ROB LONGLEY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

CURTAINS FOR CUJO

At age 42, the prospects of former Leafs goaltender Curtis Joseph returning to the NHL always were slim. No surprise then, that the Keswick native will officially announce his retirement tomorrow.

Joseph, the fourth winningest goalie in Leafs history, with 138 victories, had two tours of duty in Toronto. Last season, he was used sparingly as a backup to Vesa Toskala. Earlier in his career, Cujo led the Leafs to the 1999 and 2002 conference finals.

With 454 career victories, Joseph trails only Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy and Ed Belfour on the NHL career win list.

TALKING PLAYOFFS?

Leafs GM Brian Burke is getting weary of hearing criticism for supposedly predicting his team would make the playoffs this season. What he said -- repeatedly -- was that making the post-season is the goal.

"If the players that we have here ... if that's not still their goal, they can come see me after the game and we'll do our best to get them out of here," Burke said during a pre-game interview with Hockey Night In Canada on Saturday.

LONG MEMORY

Leafs defenceman Ian White took the name and number and wants another crack at Ruslan Fedotenko. The Pens forward was given a boarding penalty Saturday when he slammed White from behind. The feisty Leaf wanted to scrap but the Penguin wanted no part of such behaviour.

"I don't know why a guy has got to do that in any situation," White said. "At least if you are going to do it, back it up after."


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