The Maple Leafs had no trouble giving Vesa Toskala's No. 35 to incoming Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the NHL's second star of the week, but like most things with Toskala this season, the change in Anaheim hasn't gone so smoothly.
As Giguere accepted the award for his back-to-back 30-save shutouts over New Jersey and Ottawa, the traded Toskala found that 35 meant a whole lot more to the Ducks, who refused his request after the much-loved Giguere won a Cup wearing it in 2007.
Toskala had to settle for 36 when he finally ironed out travel woes and began practising with his new team, wearing his blue and white Leafs mask which prompted a few stares.
"Hopefully soon," Toskala told the Orange County Register when asked when an Anaheim-themed cage might be ready, "so I can wash that blue and white out of my gear."
But if Toskala thought he was mistreated by the team, fans and media in Toronto, he's not likely to see much action in the Ducks' remaining 23 games. Jonas Hiller's strong play and new contract likely will see Toskala reduced to cameo appearances.
"I don't think I'm a backup goalie," Toskala told the Record. "I obviously want to play a lot, and I know how good I can play. But there are lots of things you can't control in this league. I just do whatever I have to do here to help the team make the playoffs. I'm not going to complain or anything."
Anaheim was five points out and a lot more closer to post-season play than the Leafs, but Hiller will play almost exclusively and once Toskala's $4-million US deal expires in the spring, the Ducks won't likely retain him.
"There's no question he's a great goaltender," said Jason Blake, who was shipped west with Toskala. "As a team in Toronto, we weren't very good in front of him."
But Giguere hopes the Leafs will be a long-term situation, near his Montreal roots and reuniting him with general manager Brian Burke, goalie coach Francois Allaire and teammate Francois Beauchemin, all from Anaheim. The opening shutouts are almost half of Toskala's three-season total as a Leaf.
"You weren't thinking shutouts," Toronto coach Ron Wilson admitted when asked to judge Giguere's impact on Monday morning. "He has played solid, but I think we are playing well in front of him, too. We've given up 12 scoring chances the past two games, three against Ottawa and nine the other night (Friday's 4-3 loss to the Devils when Jonas Gustavsson couldn't seal the deal).
"(Jersey) had nine scoring chances and three in the last three minutes and they all went in. So six before that and that was with their new nuclear weapon in (Ilya) Kovalchuk. "But I think tonight will be a different story."