Maurice joins the 700 club

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Paul Maurice's 700th game as an NHL coach went by quietly on Tuesday. He was unaware of the milestone until he was told yesterday.

"Wow, I did not know that," Maurice said. "I'm going to have to tell my wife."

Maurice wasn't joking -- only 30 men before this season had reached that coaching milestone.

The 39-year-old native of Sault Ste. Marie, with the Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes, has 281 wins, 316 losses and 103 overtime losses/ties.

MORE TIME AND SPACE

With the trading of Mikael Tellqvist to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, Jean-Sebastien Aubin firmly became the No. 2 man behind Andrew Raycroft.

Truth be told, Aubin was in the same position before Tellqvist was dealt, but there are some positives for Aubin.

"I'm pleased because I get my net in practice and can concentrate more on working on things instead of (sharing a net with Tellqvist) and waiting 10 minutes between drills," Aubin said.

"Other than that, there is not much difference. (Mikael) was a great guy and I think everybody loved him in the dressing room."

Maurice indicated Raycroft will get each of the Leafs' next two starts, barring injury.

COLAIACOVO CONDITIONING

Defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo was cleared by team doctors yesterday to return to action. Last night, he had an assist as he began a three-game conditioning stint with the Marlies. Colaiacovo suffered a fractured finger with the Marlies on Oct. 22. Colaiacovo also will play for the Marlies tomorrow and Sunday.

LOOSE LEAFS

General manager John Ferguson will be a busy man next spring even if the Leafs fail to make the playoffs. Ferguson's wife, Stephanie, is due to give birth to the couple's fourth child April 3 ... Pavel Kubina confirmed it was superstition that made him change to No. 31 from No. 73 on Tuesday. "I pretty much played all my life with No. 13, and I could not get that here (as captain Mats Sundin wears it)," Kubina said. "With the tough start I have had, I did not feel good with No. 73 and that is why I switched."


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