News: Toivonen has been sent back down to Rockford of the AHL, according to the Blackhawks' Official Twitter Feed.
Analysis: It was a short-term call-up, as Corey Crawford just had a case of the flu. With Crawford playing so well this season and veteran Marty Turco behind him, there seems little chance (barring injury) that Toivonen will see much NHL action in 2010-11.
News: The Blackhawks recalled Toivonen from AHL Rockford on Sunday, the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Analysis: Corey Crawford has the flu and will not be able to play Sunday against Columbus, so Toivonen will serve as Marty Turco's backup.
News: The Blackhawks assigned Toivonen to AHL Rockford on Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns reports.
Analysis: Marty Turco and Corey Crawford will handle the goaltending duties for Chicago this season, with Toivonen available to be recalled if the need arises.
News: The Blackhawks have acquired G Hannu Toivonen and D Danny Richmond from the Blues in exchange for G Joe Fallon and D Daryl Boyle.
Analysis: Toivonen, the 29th overall pick in 2002, has a 2.73 GAA and a .906 save percentage in 26 AHL games this season, while Fallon has a 2.64 GAA and .912 goals against average. Toivonen has 61 NHL games under his belt, while the 24-year-old Fallon has yet to appear in an NHL contest. Richmond, a 25-year-old agitator, has played in 49 NHL games, but none since 2007-08. Like Fallon, Boyle has yet to reach the big leagues. All of these guys are just organizational depth for now and have no Fantasy value.
News: Goalie Hannu Toivonen has come back to the NHL. After spending one year playing in Finland, Toivonen signed a contract with the Blues Thursday. St. Louis was the last team Toivonen played for in 2007-08 before leaving for Finland. Terms of the deal were not discussed.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Toivonen played in 52 games last season with Ilves Tampere of the Finnish SM-liiga, posting a 19-23-9 record along with a 2.68 goals against average and three shutouts. The 6-2, 200-pound goaltender has played in 61 National Hockey League games, recording an 18-24-10 record, one shutout and a 3.37 goals against average. The Blues already have Chris Mason and Ty Conklin in net, so Toivonen is just insurance in case something happens. He should not be drafted in Fantasy.
News: Free agent goalie Hannu Toivonen signed a contract with Ilves Tampere of the Finnish SM-liiga (Finland). He was a three-year NHL veteran.
Analysis: The Finnish goalie starter his career in the SM-liiga and now heads back after three disappointing campaigns in the NHL. He started out with a bright future with the Bruins, but once he failed in two seasons there, he was shipped to St. Louis. Toivonen was 6-10-5 with a 3.44 GAA and .878 save percentage in a backup role with the Blues. There is no need to hang onto him in Fantasy leagues.
News: Blues goalie Manny Legace stopped all eight shots he faced in the opening period Tuesday against the Predators as St. Louis built a 3-0 lead, but then was replaced by Hannu Toivonen at the beginning of the second after sustaining a hip flexor. It went all downhill for the Blues after that. Toivonen allowed the Predators to tie the game at three late in the third period and then lost the game in overtime when Rich Peverley scored on a wrister at 1:43. Toivonen made 14 saves in the loss.
Analysis: Toivonen is now winless in his last six outings (0-5-1). He was pretty much handed a win Tuesday and somehow blew the game. He once had a bright future with Boston, but is now nothing more than a flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News: Blues backup G Hannu Toivonen continued to struggle Sunday as he lost 4-3 in overtime to the Blackhawks to remain winless since Dec. 7. He made 27 saves in defeat.
Analysis: Toivonen has been brutal in a reserve role with the Blues this season, as he owns a 3.51 goals against average and an .872 save percentage. If you own this guy on your team in a non-keeper format, you need to quit playing Fantasy Hockey immediately. You should also not be using the Blues TG except in deeper leagues.
News:Hannu Toivonen stopped all nine shots in the third period, but the three goals allowed in the first two periods proved costly as the St. Louis Blues lost 3-2 to the Ottawa Senators. The Blues hadn't played in Ottawa since a 3-1 loss on Feb. 10, 2004. St. Louis is 1-6-1 on its season-high, nine-game road trip, that ends Sunday in Chicago.
Analysis: Toivonen has lost all three of his starts in March. He has made just seven appearances since January and his GAA has been 3.51. That should speak plenty of his Fantasy value --very little. He once had a bright future with Boston, but is now nothing more than a flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News: The Sharks scored past Hannu Toivonen just 1:10 into Friday's game against the Blues and it was all downhill from there for the netmineder. He allowed four first period goals and that's all the Sharks needed in a 4-1 win. Toivonen, who made 23 saves, has lost his last four decisions, and three straight outings since Feb. 9.
Analysis: Toivonen is 0-2-0 in two March outings with a GAA of 4.20. He has made just six appearances since January and his GAA has been well over 4.00. That should speak plenty of his Fantasy value -- very little. He once had a bright future with Boston, but is now nothing more than a flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News: Blues G Manny Legace lasted just one period during Monday's 7-3 loss to the Flames before being replaced by Hannu Toivonen in the second period. Legace allowed three goals on 11 shots. Toivonen, who took the loss, allowed three goals on 18 shots and the Flames capped the scoring with an empty-net goal.
Analysis: Toivonen saw his first action in a month Monday because Legace has been pretty solid in net. Toivonen is now winless in his nine appearances dating back to Dec. 7. He once had a bright future with Boston, but is now nothing more than a flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News: Blues backup goaltender Hannu Toivonen hadn't played in the previous seven games, and he had a shaky outing, giving up four goals on 15 shots before he was replaced in the second period by Manny Legace. Toivonen made five tough stops in the first four minutes, but Brenden Morrow's sharp-angle shot from low in the right circle got between the goalie and the left post at 5:02 of the first period.
Analysis: Toivonen is just a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period until further notice.
News: St. Louis Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen played the last 24:54 minutes Saturday after replacing Manny Legace. He allowed one goal on 12 shots in the 5-2 loss to Nashville.
Analysis: Toivonen, 23, played in two games with Peoria this week after being assigned on January 14. He posted a 2-0-0 record, including a 2.00 goals against average along with a .918 save percentage. Toivonen remains just a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period until further notice.
News: St. Louis Blues recalled goaltender Hannu Toivonen and forward Mike Glumac from the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL. In addition, the team has assigned goaltender Marek Schwarz to the Rivermen.
Analysis: Toivonen, 23, played in two games with Peoria this week after being assigned on January 14. He posted a 2-0-0 record, including a 2.00 goals against average along with a .918 save percentage. Glumac has played in 41 games this season with the Rivermen and ranks third on the club with 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists).
News: The St. Louis Blues assigned G Hannu Toivonen to the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League on Monday to get some playing time, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Marek Schwarz was called up to take his place.
Analysis: Toivonen wasn't playing much lately, with Manny Legace suddenly playing at an All-Star level, so the Blues would clearly rather him get some playing time than sit on a bench. Hold onto him for now if you have the roster space, as he will likely be back and we all know Legace might not play this hot forever.
News: St. Louis G Hannu Toivonen was bombarded with 37 shots and gave up six goals in Friday's 6-4 loss at Columbus. Toivonen is now winless in his last six games.
Analysis: Toivonen remains just a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period until further notice.
News: Blues G Manny Legace was removed from Wednesday's game against the Oilers following the first period because of an undisclosed head injury. Legace was hit on the head with a puck during pregame warm-ups. He survived the three shots he faced in the first period before giving way to Hannu Toivonen, who eventually lost the game 3-2 in overtime. He made 18 saves in relief of Legace.
Analysis: Toivonen is now winless in his last four appearances and has recorded an overtime decision in three of those contests. The Blues hope that Legace is not out for the long period because relying on Toivonen is risky. He remains just a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period until further notice.
News: Blues G Hannu Toivonen allowed four goals on 26 shots Saturday as St. Louis wasted a Paul Kariya hat trick in a 5-4 overtime loss to Dallas.
Analysis: Toivonen relieved Manny Legace on Wednesday and obviously did enough to deserve another start on Saturday night. Unfortunately it ended up in another loss for the Finn, who is now 5-4-2 on the season. Toivonen might get a start in Fantasy Week 14 (Dec. 31-Jan. 6), but since no one can be sure about that, he is a very risky No. 2 Fantasy goalie start for that period. Consider the Blues TG a low-end No. 2 choice.
News: Blues G Hannu Toivonen relieved Manny Legace midway through the second period of St. Louis' 5-0 loss to the Red Wings on Wednesday night. Toivonen stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced.
Analysis: Toivonen was great in five starts spanning the last two weeks in November and the first week of December, winning four of those games, but has since lost two in a row and has allowed 13 goals in his last two and a half games. Neither Blues goalie is an advisable start in Fantasy Week 14, with games against Detroit, Edmonton and Carolina.
News:Hannu Toivonen, who made 25 saves after giving up eight of the Avalanche's nine goals two days earlier, allowed four goals in regulation and one shootout goal in a loss to Edmonton Tuesday.
Analysis: Manny Legace (knee) is due back in the lineup soon and that will make Toivonen once again a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Blues TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option with Legace in net.
News: St. Louis goalie Hannu Toivonen faced only eight shots in the first period but was blitzed in the second period during Sunday's 9-5 loss to the Avalanche. He allowed the five goals on 15 shots and was replaced by Marek Schwarz to start the third period. Toivonen returned at 3:05 of the third period after Doug Weight scored his seventh goal 24 seconds into the third. "We didn't give Hannu a lot of help back there, and the game was back in reach, so we wanted to show him that we still believe in him," Blues head coach Andy Murray said. Schwarz made three saves and allowed one goal in 10:43 of ice time.
Analysis: Toivonen had a real off night by allowing eight goals and making just 17 saves. It doesn't instill the kind of confidence he needs to keep earning starts. Manny Legace (knee) is due back in the lineup soon and that will make Toivonen once again a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Blues TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option with Legace in net.
News: Blues G Hannu Toivonen, making his first start since Manny Legace went on IR Thursday because of a knee injury, turned aside 25 shots during a 4-3 win against the Oilers on Friday. Toivonen is 2-1-0 in three consecutive starts and has won four of his last five outings.
Analysis: Toivonen is now the man in net for the Blues until Legace is ready to take his rightful place in net. Treat Toivonen as a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period until further notice. The Blues TG remains a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Calgary's Dustin Boyd banked a shot off Hannu Toivonen, whose 34 saves weren't enough to prevent Calgary from beating the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Tuesday. It was a bad break for Toivonen who was otherwise spectacular in the middle period as Calgary outshot St. Louis 20-2. "It sucks, it really does, but it's gone now, there's nothing you can about it, you have to learn from it and see what I can do better next time," Toivonen said.
Analysis: Toivonen, who finished with 34 saves, got the call to start when Manny Legace hurt his knee during the pregame warmup.. As a result of Legace's injury, the Blues had no backup goaltender on the bench. When Legace is healthy, Toivonen is nothing more than a low-end No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period. But if Legace is out for any time, Toivonen becomes someone to consider in a No. 2 goalie spot.
News:Hannu Toivonen stopped 17 shots in the St. Louis Blues' 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Toivonen's best save of the night came on a one-timer in the slot by the Blackhawks' Martin Havlat with 16 minutes remaining. Toivonen, who improved to 4-2 on the season, also made key stops in the third period on Robert Lang twice and Patrick Sharp. Toivonen snagged Lang's wrister with 1:33 to play from just right of the slot.
Analysis: Toivonen has won his last three starts while allowing a total of four goals and making 77 saves. However, Manny Legace has been pretty outstanding in net and keeping Toivonen out of net. Toivonen is nothing more than a low-end No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period. The Blues TG is more of a high-end Fantasy option.
News:Hannu Toivonen made 25 saves in the St. Louis Blues' 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Toivonen made saves on Ryan Kesler early in the game and then made a nice pad save of Markus Naslund's shot to keep the Canucks off the scoreboard. Toivonen also made a point-blank left pad save on Taylor Pyatt's attempt in the second period during a brief 5-on-3 for the Canucks to preserve a 2-0 lead. However, Kesler scored for Vancouver, 5:11 into the third period, to break up Toivonen's bid for his second career shutout.
Analysis: Toivonen, in his first season with St. Louis, hasn't seen many starts because of the solid play by Manny Legace. Toivonen is nothing more than a low-end No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period. The Blues TG is more of a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Blues G Hannu Toivonen stopped 35 shots during a 3-2 shootout win Saturday against the Predators. It was his first start since Nov. 4 and third this season. The win also snapped a two-game losing streak for Toivonen.
Analysis: Toivonen, in his first season with St. Louis, hasn't seen many starts because of the solid play by Manny Legace. Toivonen is nothing more than a low-end No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period. The Blues TG is more of a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Blues G Hannu Toivonen stopped 22 shots during a 3-0 loss to the Blue Jackets on Sunday. It was his first start since Oct. 25, ironically, against the Blue Jackets. He also lost that game as well.
Analysis: Toivonen has only seen two starts this season because Manny Legace has been so good in net. Toivonen is nothing more than a low-end No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period. The Blues TG is more of a low-end No. 1/high-end No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: G Hannu Toivonen had several spectacular saves for the Blues, stopping three point-blank shots in the second period and another three in the third, but it wasn't enough during a 3-0 loss to the Blue Jackets Thursday. He finished with 25 saves.
Analysis: Toivonen was making his first start of the season Thursday in place of Manny Legace. Toivonen is the backup in St. Louis, but won't see many starts unless Legace is injured or struggles. Toivonen is nothing more than a low-end No. 3 Fantasy goalie or someone to use in leagues that have average points per game in a scoring period. The Blues TG is more of a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Manny Legace left Saturday's game at Los Angeles after tweaking his right knee. It is the same knee which he had an arthroscopy on last February. Hannu Toivonen might get the start on Wednesday against the Predators.
Analysis: Scoop up Toivonen if you are a Legace Fantasy owners. He is best used as a low-end No. 3 Fantasy option in weekly leagues and a low-end No. 2 option in formats which average points per game in a scoring period.
News: The Boston Bruins obtained center Carl Soderberg from the St. Louis Blues for goalie Hannu Toivonen on Monday. Toivonen, who spent parts of the last two seasons with the Bruins, became expendable when they obtained goalie Manny Fernandez from Minnesota on June 30. Tim Thomas was the Bruins regular goalie last season. Boston also has promising youngster Tuukka Rask, who signed a multiyear contract on May 5. "Hannu is a former first-round draft choice who gives our club depth in the goaltending position," Blues president John Davidson said. "Our scouts feel he has tremendous upside and a bright future in the National Hockey League."
Analysis: Toivonen, 23, was 3-9-1 with a 4.23 goals-against average for Boston last season. At Providence in the AHL, he was 13-13-1 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.37 goals-against average. Perhaps a change of scenery will be just what the doctor ordered for the once promising goaltender of the future. He is still very young and he might have a better shot at regular playing time in St. Louis.
News: Tuukka Rask signed a multi-year contract with the Boston Bruins and he is expected to join the Providence Bruins of the AHL to serve the team for the rest of its playoff stretch. That might signal the end of Tim Thomas' days in Boston and Hannu Toivonen might be used as the starter in 2007-08.
Analysis: Rask posted a 12-8-7 record with a 2.09 GAA and .926 save percentage in 30 games with Ilves Tampere of the Finnish League. He will be a solid keeper prospect in all Fantasy leagues and makes the Bruins TG good overall. His presence, coupled with Hannu Toivonen, likely means the B's will try and trade veteran Tim Thomas during the offseason.
News: General manager Peter Chiarelli told the Boston Globe that he wants to re-sign Hannu Toivonen, a restricted free agent.
Analysis: The prospect has failed to land a job as a regular with the Bruins, as Tim Thomas has notched the No. 1 job. Toivonen might be in need of a change of scenery to really burst onto the scene.
News: Hannu Toivonen, who was recalled from Providence of the AHL on Monday, made 28 saves in Tuesday's loss at Montreal and fell to 3-8-1 in 17 games this season. "He did an excellent job," Bruins coach Dave Lewis said. "He responded well to the pressure of this game and the importance of the Canadiens and the crowd and I thought he looked very comfortable in the net. He made some timely saves and he gave us a chance."
Analysis: It was his first appearance since Feb. 24, when he relieved Tim Thomas for the final two periods of a 7-2 loss in Florida. Toivonen looked to be a sleeper heading into 2006-07, but he never could beat out Tim Thomas, who was essentially a journeyman before last year. We are a little hesitant to suggest Toivonen as a keeper heading into 2007-08, but he is still relatively young. Remember, this is an organization which also traded for prospect phenom Tuukka Rask last offseason.
News: The Boston Globe reports Hannu Toivonen has been assigned to Providence of the AHL and he is expected to practice with the Baby B's on Wednesday. "We have to develop Hannu into the goalie we think he can be," said Bruins coach Dave Lewis. "Hannu hadn't played a lot, partly by my decision and partly by some of the things we had observed. For him to get better, he has to play. I think overall for him and his career, this [demotion to Providence] is the best way to go."
Analysis: Toivonen still remains an attractive option in long-term keeper leagues, but since they claimed Joey MacDonald from Detroit, he was no longer needed. Avoid him in all weekly leagues which do not allow owners to keep players.
News: Boston's Hannu Toivonen replaced Tim Thomas before the second period Saturday against the Panthers. Thomas, who won at Tampa Bay on Friday night, allowed three first-period goals on 19 shots. Toivonen stopped 28 shots. The Bruins lost 7-2.
Analysis: Toivonen might have earned himself another start, but remains only worth using in leagues that have average scoring systems. He remains a decent long-term keeper as well. Thomas is a solid No. 2 Fantasy goalie and will remains the team's starting goalie.
News: Tim Thomas replaced Hannu Toivonen to start the third period of Tuesday's game at Buffalo and finished with 11 saves while allowing one goal. Toivonen stopped 17 shots in his third start in five games and he gave up six goals.
Analysis: This is the second straight game in a row which the Bruins were forced to use two goaltenders. They've allowed 13 goals over the past two starts and neither is particularly attractive from a Fantasy perspective at this rate.
News: Tim Thomas allowed three goals on 15 shots in Monday's game against the Rangers and he was pulled midway through the second period by coach Dave Lewis. Hannu Toivonen came on and allowed a goal on the first shot he faced before settling down and making 11 saves on 14 shots in the 6-1 loss.
Analysis: Thomas is still a decent Fantasy option in most leagues, but this was a poor way to start the week for his owners. It is uncertain which goaltender will be called on to start Tuesday at Buffalo. Toivonen was scheduled to start that game.
News: Hannu Toivonen, looking for victories in consecutive starts for the first time this season on Saturday, stopped 36 shots for Boston in a 3-0 loss to the Senators.
Analysis: The Bruins would like to get Toivonen going, but he remains too unreliable to unseat Tim Thomas as the No. 1 goalie in Boston. Toivonen remains a low-end Fantasy reserve at this time.
News: Hannu Toivonen recovered from a shaky first two periods to record his first win in three months for the Bruins Thursday, as Boston beat Pittbsurgh.
Analysis: Toivonen, whose last win came on Oct. 19 against Calgary, allowed four goals on 21 shots through two periods before saving 12 shots in the third to force overtime. Toivonen is only worth a roster spot in larger average leagues or long-term keeper formats, as Tim Thomas remains the No. 1 goaltender in Boston and Toivonen is doing nothing to push him.
News: Hannu Toivonen allowed four goals on 35 shots in Thursday's game against the Islanders in a shootout loss. He is likely heading back to Providence of the AHL to play this weekend and will be replaced by Philippe Sauve as the backup to Tim Thomas.
Analysis: Toivonen is only worth a roster spot in larger average leagues or long-term keeper formats, as Tim Thomas remains the No. 1 goaltender in Boston and Toivonen is doing nothing to push him.
News: Boston recalled D Matt Lashoff and G Hannu Toivonen before Saturday's game, and assigned G Philippe Sauve to Providence of the AHL.
Analysis: Toivonen is the only player worth owning in Fantasy leagues at this time. He will likely get a few starts here and there, and could be used as a No. 3 Fantasy goalie. Ignore Lashoff and Sauve for now.
News: The Boston Bruins have assigned Hannu Toivonen to Providence of the AHL on Tuesday and recalled Phillipe Sauve to serve as backup to Tim Thomas.
Analysis: Do not look at this as too much of a demotion as rather a chance to have more playing time. Thomas has been doing a great job for the Bruins and the playing time has been little for Toivonen. He'll get more of a chance to play every day with the Baby B's. He remains a solid keeper in most Fantasy formats.
News: Bruins G Hannu Toivonen is expected to play one of the games on the Bruins' three-game road trip next week.
Analysis: Toivonen is at best a No. 3 Fantasy goalie at this time and probably is best suited in leagues that use averages.
News: The Boston Bruins recalled goaltender Hannu Toivonen and center Yan Stastny from Providence of the AHL on Monday. Toivonen was sent to Providence on Sunday to play against the Worcester Sharks. He stopped 26 of 28 shots in Providence's 3-2 shootout win.
Analysis: Toivonen has a 2-3-0 record with a 4.24 goals-against average in eight games with Boston this season. He also had played five games with Providence, earning a 1-4-0 record. Tim Thomas will likely remain the starter, so only consider Toivonen in larger leagues as a reserve.
News: Boston goaltender Tim Thomas, playing in his 21st straight game, was lifted at the start of the second period in favor of Hannu Toivonen on Saturday against the Devils, who won the game 5-1. Toivonen stopped 25 shots in relief.
Analysis: Perhaps fatigue caught up with Thomas and that could explain his rusty performance on Saturday. He will likely remain the team's starting goalie, although Toivonen will probably get a start thanks to his strong relief performance on Saturday. Thomas has won 10 of his last 13 starts, but is only being started in 39 percent of Fantasy leagues. He remains a must-start in most Fantasy leagues thanks to his durability and his status as full-time starter. Toivonen is not a recommended Fantasy option at this time.
News: The Boston Bruins recalled Hannu Toivonen from Providence of the AHL on Sunday. He posted a 1-4-0 record with a 3.33 GAA in five games with the Baby Bruins.
Analysis: Toivonen has managed a 2-3-0 record with a 4.20 GAA in seven games with Boston this season. He will serve as the backup to Tim Thomas for now and remains more valuable in keeper Fantasy leagues at this point.
News: G Hannu Toivonen, who was apparently supposed to return after playing three games at Providence, was held up by an ankle sprain, with coach Dave Lewis saying Brian Finley would likely start one of the three games the club was playing in a four-day span.
Analysis: Neither of these goalies are great Fantasy options right now for the B's.
News: The Boston Globe reports Hannu Toivonen suffered a leg injury during an AHL game on Saturday while playing with the Providence Bruins.
Analysis: The severity of his injury is not yet known, but his return date to the NHL does not look like it will be any time soon.
News: The Boston Globe reports that the Bruins have assigned Hannu Toivonen to Providence of the AHL on Tuesday. He practiced with Boston earlier in the day. Mark Stuart was also assigned there.
Analysis: In seven games, Toivonen went 2-3-0 with a 4.19 GAA and an .869 save percentage. It's unclear what the Bruins will do in goal. They could call up Brian Finley to pair with Tim Thomas.
News: Bruins G Hannu Toivonen, making his first start since Oct. 21, got yanked in the third period of Saturday's game against the Lightning after giving up five goals on 21 shots. Tim Thomas replaced Toivonen and went on to stop all seven shots he faced. The Bruins won 6-5 in OT.
Analysis: Toivonen was the talk of the town at the beginning of the season, but now has fallen out of favor in Boston. Thomas has been playing well as of late and appears to be the best goalie for the time being. Consider Thomas and the Bruins TG a low-end No. 2 Fantasy option. Toivonen is at best a No. 3 Fantasy option, but seeing how he hasn't played in a while, his Fantasy value is slipping.
News: The Boston Herald reports there are rumors surrounding the Boston Bruins and the San Jose Sharks. A rumored deal has the Bruins acquiring G Evgeni Nabokov for veteran F Glen Murray.
Analysis: The rumor has a little bit of credence, since these two teams made a blockbuster last season and appear to be suitable trade partners. However, the Bruins already have Tim Thomas and youngster Hannu Toivonen manning the nets and it is likely a third team would have to be involved to make a potential deal work. We'll monitor this for you, however.
News: Bruins G Hannu Toivonen got pulled from Saturday's contest against the Sabres after giving up four goals on 17 shots. He was replaced by G Tim Thomas, who gave up two goals on 13 shots. The Bruins lost 6-2.
Analysis: Neither Toivonen or Thomas have been impressive this season for the Bruins, but it seems that the Bruins are giving Toivonen more of a shot in net to see what he can do. Continue to use Toivonen and the Bruins TG as a No. 2 Fantasy goalie. Thomas should be used more as a No. 3 option in deeper leagues.
News: Bruins G Hannu Toivonen is expected to start Saturday against the Sabres after making 28 saves Thursday. He allowed four goals in each of his prior two starts, but Bruins coach Dave Lewis seems determined to see what the 22-year-old can do after he was limited to 19 games last season due to a sprained ankle. Toivonen allowed four goals in his only start against Buffalo on Oct. 20, 2005.
Analysis: We expected that Toivonen would be given plenty of chances early in the season to beat out Tim Thomas for the starting goalie job in Boston. He is 2-2-0 in five games with a 3.10 GAA and a .900 save percentage. Continue to use Toivonen as a No. 2 Fantasy goalie.
News: Hannu Toivonen allowed two goals on 28 shots in Thursday's game against the Flames to pick up the win.
Analysis: After allowing a total of eight goals in his past two starts, Toivonen settled down and picked up his second regulation win of the season.
News: Rookie Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen stopped 35 shots Saturday but the Bruins lost another one falling 4-1 to the Islanders.
Analysis: Toivonen has been in goal more than teammate Tim Thomas and it looks as though the rookie is inching out at the team's No. 1 goaltender. It could be a rough season for the Bruins and the wins could be sparse at times. Continue to use Toivonen as a No. 2 Fantasy goalie.
News: Bruins G Hannu Toivonen stopped 24 shots Wednesday against the Thrashers, but allowed four shots to get by in a 4-1 loss.
Analysis: Although he allowed four goals Wednesday, Toivonen has played well in his two starts but he will continue to share time in between the pipes with Tim Thomas. We expect Toivonen to emerge as the clear-cut No. 1 goaltender in Boston, but it appears head coach Dave Lewis has promised to give them at least a few starts to show what they can do. Stay tuned to see if Toivonen can become the No. 1 guy in Boston.
News: The Boston Herald reports coach Dave Lewis will continue to rotate goaltenders Tim Thomas and Hannu Toivonen early in the season, as he gets an idea of what both can do. Thomas struggled in the opener at Florida, while Toivonen had it on lockdown at Tampa Bay the next night.
Analysis: We expect Toivonen to emerge as the clear-cut No. 1 goaltender in Boston, but it appears Lewis has promised to give them at least a few starts to show what they can do. That hurts the Fantasy value of each player in the short-term.
News: A day after having to relieve Tim Thomas of goalie duties, Hannu Toivonen started Saturday for the Bruins and led them to a 3-2 victory over the Lightning. He saved 30 shots and did allow both of Tampa Bay's goals.
Analysis: Thomas' poor performance Friday might tempt the Bruins to force Toivonen into the No. 1 role sooner than expected. Still nothing has been said about a change in goal, but Toivonen has played well in the team's first two games. More people own Toivonen (62 percent) than Thomas (31 percent) in Fantasy leagues, so we aren't the only ones anticipating a goalie change. Use Toivonen as a No. 2 goalie for the time being.
News: Bruins G Tim Thomas had a night to forget Friday letting seven goals slip past him in the team's 8-3 loss to the Panthers. He saved 21 shots, but was pulled from the net in the third period for G Hannu Toivonen, who went on to allow one goal but stop seven shots.
Analysis: Thomas' poor performance Friday might tempt the Bruins to force Toivonen into the No. 1 role sooner than expected. Nothing was said about a change in goal, so expect Thomas to be back in net but keep a close eye on the situation. More people own Toivonen (62 percent) than Thomas (31 percent) in Fantasy leagues, so we aren't the only ones anticipating a goalie change. Keep Toivonen reserved for now.
News: Hannu Toivonen finished with nine wins and five losses to go with a team-best 2.63 GAA in 20 games played with a .914 save percentage.
Analysis: Toivonen missed a huge chunk of the season due to an ankle injury, but the team saw the emergence of Tim Thomas who got them into the chase for the playoffs briefly.
News: The Boston Herald reports the Bruins have elected to shut down Hannu Toivonen (ankle) for the remainder of the season. "With three games to play in the season, I think the common sense thing to do is make sure (Toivonen is) 100 percent so that he can move forward," coach Mike Sullivan said.
Analysis: Toivonen remains a solid keeper prospect, although Fantasy owners might have a bad taste in their mouths from this past injury-plagued season.
News: Hannu Toivonen (ankle) is expected to miss the remainder of the season, as he has not made the progress necessary to return to game action. "Obviously it would be good to get some games this year," Toivonen told the Boston Herald. "But Iím not going to force it."
Analysis: If you have been holding onto Toivonen, expecting a triumphant return, perhaps it is time to cut bait. He is only worth holding onto in keeper leagues at this point.
News: Hannu Toivonen (ankle) was able to practice with the Bruins over the weekend for the first time since suffering his injury back on Jan. 5. "Itís good to get out there and feel like youíre getting out there with the guys. Mentally, itís a boost to myself to get out there," Toivonen told the Boston Herald.
Analysis: Well, Toivonen is not much for quotes, but it sounds like he was happy to get out there. Anyway, it is uncertain where he fits in with Tim Thomas recently receiving an extension and 2003-04 Calder Trophy winner Andrew Raycroft in the mix.
News: Hannu Toivonen (ankle) was able to skate after practice with the weekend, but he continues to recover slowly. "It felt all right taking a couple of strides out there," Toivonen told the Boston Globe. "I'm trying to take baby steps and that was another step. Even with no gear on and without pucks, it's probably one of the best feelings in the world that I've had for a while."
Analysis: Toivonen is a long way from returning and it is unclear where he or Andrew Raycroft fit in exactly with the emergence of Tim Thomas. Keep him reserved in all Fantasy leagues until the Boston goaltending situation becomes more clear.
News: The Boston Herald reports that Hannu Toivonen (high ankle sprain) skated a little bit Wednesday, but took the day off Thursday.
Analysis: Toivonen doesn't know when he'll get back on skates, which means Tim Thomas has more time to secure his spot as the top goaltender.
News: The Boston Herald reports that Hannu Toivonen (ankle sprain) said he hopes to start skating "in a few days."
Analysis: Andrew Raycroft will beat Toivonen back to the ice, but Hannu should reclaim his job at some point.
News: The Boston Herald reports that Andrew Raycroft (right leg) spent several minutes on the ice at Boston Garden Sunday taking shots from part-time coach Ray Bourque. ďMy range of motion is a lot better than it has been,Ē said Raycroft. ďItís definitely getting a lot better. Hopefully the next couple of days it keeps getting better and Iíll be able to practice fully on Wednesday or Thursday, then go from there.Ē
Analysis: Both Raycroft and starter Hannu Toivonen (high ankle sprain) are among the many battered and bruised Bruins. Toivonen said he won't skate for at least another week or so. That means Raycroft should see starts sooner.
News: The Boston Globe reports Hannu Toivonen (sprained right ankle) is making nice progress in his recovery from injury. He has been able to shed his protective boot and he is now riding a stationary bike trying to get back in shape.
Analysis: Toivonen is hopeful of returning in the upcoming week, but he is likely seven to 10 days away from a return. Keep him reserved until he can officially return. Once he does, Tim Thomas will likely be shuttled back to Providence of the AHL.
News: The results for Hannu Toivonen's ankle MRI were returned negative. The rookie has just a mild sprained right ankle and might be able to get back on the ice soon. "It's just a little sprain so it should be all right," Toivonen told the Boston Globe. "It's definitely good news. I'm a little bit relieved about it. Hopefully I'll be back on the ice soon."
Analysis: Keep Toivonen reserved until he can officially return to the ice and play in consecutive games to prove his health. He is still at least a few days to a week away from a return, so Andrew Raycroft will hold down the fort in his absence with Jordan Sigalet as the backup.
News: According to the Boston Globe, there is still no official word on how long Hannu Toivonen (ankle) will be out of action. The 21-year-old goalie underwent an MRI on his sprained right ankle this past Friday, but the team has not reviewed the results yet.
Analysis: Toivonen should be benched in all leagues for the upcoming scoring period. Continue to reserve him until there is a better understanding of the extent of his injury.
News: Toivonen suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's game against the Senators and he was forced to leave after two periods. Andrew Raycroft finished up the game.
Analysis: Toivonen is considered day to day and might sit on Saturday against the Lightning to rest up. Set your lineups accordingly in all daily Fantasy leagues.
News: Hannu Toivonen allowed three goals on 18 shots in Tuesday's game at Washington, but that was good enough to pick up the win.
Analysis: Toivonen is 4-3-2 over the past nine starts and remains entrenched as the No. 1 netminder in Boston.
News: Hannu Toivonen allowed five goals while making 34 saves in Sunday's game at Vancouver in his third straight start. He was going back-to-back after knocking off the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday.
Analysis: Toivonen looked sharp at times on Sunday night, but he was peppered by the Vancouver offense. It appears as if he has unofficially wrestled the No. 1 job from Andrew Raycroft, who is 1-7 over his past eight games.
News: Hannu Toivonen allowed four goals in Saturday's game at Edmonton, but he also made 36 saves to pick up a win.
Analysis: Toivonen was rewarded with a second consecutive start after shutting out the Senators on Thursday. Monitor what Andrew Raycroft does on Sunday night in Vancouver. If he struggles, Toivonen might see even more playing time this week and beyond.
News: Hannu Toivonen accomplished quite the feat on Thursday against Ottawa. He put the clamps on the league's highest scoring team in the league for his first-career shutout by stopping all 26 shots.
Analysis: Toivonen ended the 22-game point streak by Dany Heatley. Andrew Raycroft is 1-7 over his past eight games, so this performance might have bought Toivonen more playing time. We will see.
News: Hannu Toivonen will be the team's starting goaltender for at least the next week with Andrew Raycroft (hamstring) out of action.
Analysis: Toivonen is worth scooping up in all daily Fantasy leagues if available. Rookie Jordan Sigalet was recalled from Providence of the AHL to serve as the backup.
News: Hannu Toivonen made his NHL debut on Saturday night against Pittsburgh. He made 23 saves and allowed six goals, but thanks to a third period comeback and overtime goal by Glen Murray, he picked up a win.
Analysis: The 21-year-old netminder has plenty of upside, but Andrew Raycroft's starting job is not in jeoparday and this is why.
News: Tim Thomas was assigned to Providence of the AHL on Monday, so Hannu Toivonen has secured the backup job behind starter Andrew Raycroft.
Analysis: Toivonen is only worth a roster spot in keeper leagues unless Raycroft suffers some sort of a long-term injury.
News: Hannu Toivonen is the team's starting goaltender as training camp opens due to a holdout by 2003-04 rookie of the year Andrew Raycroft. "I'd rather be in Boston for sure," said Toivonen. "It's the NHL, and everybody wants to be in the NHL. That will be my goal. This is my third year playing in North America and I still have a lot to learn. I feel confident about myself. I think I was able to play at the AHL level really good and I think I got better throughout the last year. I think I'm ready for the big stuff."
Analysis: O'Connell is confident they can get Raycroft signed before the regular season opener on Oct. 5 against the Canadiens. He was 29-18-3 with a 2.05 GAA and seven shutouts in 54 games at Providence in 2004-05. He is worth adding in the late rounds on Draft Day as insurance for Fantasy owners who select Raycroft early on.