Winger Alexander Suglobov was the casualty of Mats Sundin's return to the lineup last night, while defenceman Jay Harrison was placed on waivers earlier yesterday.
Suglobov joined Mikael Tellqvist and Brendan Bell in the press box. Suglobov played the last three games with his ice time increasing from 4:50 to 9:26, but had no points and generated few chances. He has no points in nine games.
Harrison was moved to the fringe of the 23-man roster when coach Paul Maurice decided to keep Wade Belak on defence when all forward spots were filled.
Harrison was pulled from the Marlies lineup just prior to their game yesterday against Syracuse and will find out at noon Tuesday if he clears waivers. Suglobov was also a candidate, but the Leafs obviously feel there was a higher risk of having him claimed.
JUST IN CASE
The loss of Sundin for almost three weeks gave Maurice a chance to test his version of a lineup disaster management plan.
"Somebody's going to get hurt, so we'd like to develop a bit of a framework to deal with those injuries," Maurice said. "We don't want to alter our game for a player going in and out, because it will happen again, whether it's Mats or Darcy Tucker.
"The most significant injury in terms of managing things was to (defenceman) Andy Wozniewski, with all due respect to Pavel Kubina. He was a guy I thought was playing very well in camp and looked like he was going to fill a huge hole for us. But we survived because Ian White and Brendan Bell played so well."
KILLER TRIP TO EUROPE
Leafs player development advisor Doug Gilmour is back from his first major scouting trip, an eye-opening visit to Russia and a four-nation tournament in Scandinavia that he said was held "about 150 miles from the North Pole."
Gilmour checked out some undrafted players and Leaf prospects such as Magnitogorsk forward Nikolai Kulemin, who was this year's second rounder, said one old-style Russian jet left a lot to be desired.
"(Assistant GM) Mike Penny moved his seat back and it got stuck, so he spent the whole flight looking at the ceiling," Gilmour said with a laugh.