By ARASH MADANI
Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson reiterated Wednesday that the MRI Toronto starting goaltender Vesa Toskala had on his hip Tuesday was strictly for precautionary purposes.
“Vesa is fine and the images showed no structural damage,” Wilson said after the Leafs’ noon practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena. “It takes a couple of days for the dye used in the MRI (exam) to be flushed out and we gave him the day off.”
Toskala was a scratch in Toronto’s 4-1 loss to Buffalo Tuesday. Justin Pogge made his Air Canada debut in the defeat, giving up three goals on his first eight shots. Pogge will also get the start in Thursday’s home game against Columbus, the first time he has played in consecutive games.
Wilson said Toskala would get the start Saturday against Vancouver for the much-anticipated return of Mats Sundin to Toronto.