Leafs Acquire Martin Gerber and Erik Reitz

The Leafs have picked up Martin Gerber off of waivers. This is apparently a humourous response to the senators trading for Pascal LeClaire. Leaf fans need no introduction to the hilarity that is Gerber. Below are his stats for a good giggle. Remember when he got the 'flu' and the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup? Yeah, he stinks.

Anyway, this means that the senators are on the hook for half of his remaining salary which is $3.7M for the year or about $400,000 for the rest of the year. Also, he is a free agent July 1. I would imagine that this means that Toskala is either getting traded (not likely) or getting shut down to deal with his imaginary injuries.

I know some people have had a hard time with this move and maybe it's because they part of the media so they are retarded. Bruce Garrioch had the following to say about the deal

Martin Gerber has been absolutely awful in Binghampton (in the AHL). He’s been beyond bad… I don’t know what the Maple Leafs are thinking. I thought Brian Burke was smarter than this.

And the clowns on the Fan590 are struggling to figure this out so I'll paint them a picture. For whatever reason, Vesa Toskala is not going to be the Leafs' goalie anymore. Rather than play Curtis Joseph Burke is picking up a goalie that will become a UFA July 1st. That lets him put a better goalie in net in front of the paying customers which is a consideration that Burke has mentioned frequently. Why not bring up Pogge? Because the plan has been and will remain to be to give him the reins as number one on the farm through a complete season and the playoffs. Why change the plan as a knee jerk reaction?

Martin Gerber

#29 / Goalie / Ottawa Senators

5-11

211

Sep 03, 1974

GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Martin Gerber 14 839 4 9 1 3 40 2.86 397 357 .899 1

As for Reitz, I have never heard of him. Here is a picture and some stats:

Erik Reitz

#4 / Defenseman / New York Rangers

6-1

222

Jul 29, 1982

GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Erik Reitz 42 1 1 2 -6 65 0 0 0 0 22 4.5

At least he has a nice smile. Here's his Hockey Reference page. Basically, he's Erik Westrum in defenceman form. I hope that these are harbingers of trades to come.

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