Nash ready to go

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

Tyson Nash arrived in Toronto last night all cranked up and ready to go.

Acquired along with a fourth-round draft pick from the Phoenix Coyotes for goaltender Mikael Tellqvist earlier this week, Nash, one of the elite superpests in the game, will make his Marlies debut tonight in Hamilton against the Bulldogs.

As a Marlie, he will be reunited with coach Greg Gilbert.

"Greg was my coach in (AHL) Worchester years ago," Nash said last night.

"We talked earlier this season when the Marlies were in San Antonio.

"It's been a whirlwind few days. I went from (AHL) San Antonio, where I had been playing, to Phoenix, to Toronto.

"As I said before, it is a thrill to be with a Canadian team.I'm from Edmonton and no one watched American teams back then."

During a conversation with general manager John Ferguson, Nash said he was told the opportunity was there to join the Leafs should he impress down on the farm.

"I'm only half way there. I belong in the NHL and I know I'll have to earn that right. I'm not trying to be cocky, but that's the way I feel."

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The Maple Leafs have signed a trio of team officials to contract extensions.

Player development coach Paul Dennis,goaltending coach Steve McKichan and video analyst Chris Dennis are now all under contract through the 2008 season, Ferguson announced yesterday.

Paul Dennis assists players within the organization with their personal and professional development. He aslo runs the team's prospect camp.

McKichan, meanwhile, is in his third season with the club and has received glowing endorsements from the likes of Andrew Raycroft and Justin Pogge.


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