GM holds on to callups

TERRY KOSHAN and LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

General manager John Ferguson is not committing his final two farm team callups just yet, despite the dire playoff situation the Leafs are in with 10 games remaining.

One reason is that with so many injuries on defence, to Alex Khavanov, Carlo Colaiacovo and Andy Wozniewski, the Leafs are in an emergency callup situation. They have been able to plug in Brendan Bell (now injured) and Ian White without dipping into the post trade-deadline limit of four callups. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin also is exempt.

Toronto has used up two callups, forwards Ben Ondrus and Aleksander Suglobov. The latter was acquired at the trade deadline, was called up, played twice with little return and then was benched by Pat Quinn in what many interpreted as a spat between GM and coach.

But after two road wins with a long-awaited spate of even-strength goals, Ferguson does not seem anxious to exchange his forwards for any Marlies.

"If you're asking whether there are guys down there who are playing better than our best up here ... I'd say we dress the best roster we can every night," Ferguson said.

KILGER A HIT WITH LEAFS

There's another reason to view Chad Kilger as one of the Leafs' few positives this season.

The 6-foot-4, 224-pound Kilger has laid the body more than any other Leaf, registering 133 body checks in 69 games.

Kilger has managed to master the skill of using his body without taking himself out of the play.

"I don't look at stats a whole lot, but I knew I was up there," Kilger said. "When you are younger, you run around a bit more because people say you are not physical enough. When the hits are there you take them. In this game now, when you start running around and are looking for hits, you could cost your team because you can't hook or hold to get back into the play."


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