Three Leafs sit out

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

BUFFALO -- Clarke Wilm didn't destroy the food table in the middle of the Maple Leafs dressing room at HSBC Arena yesterday following the morning skate, but coach Pat Quinn wouldn't have been upset it he had.

A suddenly healthy Leafs club meant three regulars -- Wilm, Mariusz Czerkawski and Wade Belak -- were scratched last night against the Sabres. Quinn was glad to enter a game for the first time this season with an injury-free roster, and he hoped that those who didn't dress were not happy about it.

"Nobody likes not playing, but you have to be positive and not mope around the room," Wilm said after he was one of the last Leafs off the ice after the morning skate. "A lot of it is mental, because I could be in (tonight in Montreal) after not playing (last night). I have to be sharp."

Some might glance at Wilm's stats -- one goal, one assist and minus-3 in 13 games -- and wonder why he should be in the lineup. But when he has played, he has not only been an effective penalty killer but also has taken important faceoffs. Seeing Wilm on the ice late in close games has not been out of the ordinary.

"As long as we carry 23 guys, there are three who are going to be out. They don't have to like it, but I don't mind that at all."


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