San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced that the club has assigned goaltender Vesa Toskala to the Cleveland Barons, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League, on a conditioning assignment.
Toskala re-aggravated a groin injury on Nov. 8 at Colorado and was placed on injured reserve the following day. The 28-year-old Toskala has appeared in five games and has a 5.05 goals-against average.
The five-foot-ten, 195-pound goaltender from Tampere, Finland was originally selected in the fourth round (90th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.
To replace Toskala on the roster, the Sharks have recalled defenseman Doug Murray from Cleveland. Murray is being called up to the Sharks for the first time in his career. He started the 2005-06 season as one of the alternate captains for Cleveland, appearing in 19 games and scoring a goal on seven assists for eight points with 35 PIM. Murray had the best season of his professional career last year with the Barons by scoring six goals and 17 assists (23 points) in 54 games.
The six-foot-three, 240 pound defenseman from Bromma, Sweden was selected by the Sharks in the eighth round (241st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Murray played his college hockey at Cornell from 1999-03.
Murray is expected to join the Sharks in time for Friday night’s game in Buffalo against the Sabres.