Saturday, November 5, 2005
Sharks' Toskala activated from IR
San Jose Sharks: The Sharks activated goaltender
Vesa Toskala from injured reserve Saturday and sent goalie Dimitri
Patzold back to their top affiliate in Cleveland.
Toskala, Evgeni Nabokov's longtime backup, injured his groin in
a game against Dallas on Oct. 26, and Nabokov has been out since
Oct. 21 with a shoulder problem.
Toskala is 0-3-0 with a 5.07 goals-against average and a .826
save percentage this season. Nolan Schaefer has thrived in his
absence, winning five consecutive games.
Schaefer, who began the season in Cleveland, is fourth in the
NHL with a 1.91 GAA. He posted his first shutout Friday night,
making 21 saves in a 1-0 overtime victory over Anaheim.
Patzold dressed for three games, but didn't appear for the
Phoenix Coyotes: The Coyotes claimed center Yanick Lehoux off waivers from Los Angeles on Saturday.
Lehoux, who has been playing in the Swiss National League this
season, will join the Coyotes in Minnesota before Tuesday's game
against the Wild. If he saw action, it would be his NHL debut.
The Kings drafted Lehoux, 23, in the third round in 2000.
He had five goals and four assists in 11 games with Swiss teams
Geneve-Servette or Basel. Last season, Lehoux had 23 goals and 31
assists in 38 games with Manchester, leading the American Hockey
League in goals and points before an injury curtailed his season.