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Anaheim Ducks reassign backup G Justin Pogge, clearing way for Vesa Toskala

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks have reassigned goalie Justin Pogge to their minor-league affiliate in San Antonio, clearing the way for new goalie Vesa Toskala.

Pogge was recalled from the AHL on Jan. 31 after the Ducks traded goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to Toronto in a deal for Jason Blake and Toskala, the former San Jose backup who never got a firm hold on the Maple Leafs’ starting job in two and a half seasons with the club.

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After spending the past week clearing up immigration issues, the Finnish goalie is expected to practice with the Ducks on Sunday morning before their home game against Los Angeles on Monday night.

Toskala is expected to be the Ducks’ backup to Jonas Hiller, who seized the starting job from Giguere last season.