Wozniewski waits for an opportunity

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

Andy Wozniewski is playing the waiting game.

Having completed his five-game conditioning stint with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies, the young defenceman is back up with the Maple Leafs again, although there are no plans to put him in the lineup in the immediate future.

"We are going to push him hard," coach Paul Maurice said of Wozniewski, who underwent shoulder surgery in October.

"A year ago his pace was a concern. He managed to pick that up last year before he (injured) his elbow. Now we have to again get his pace from an American Hockey League level to the NHL level.

"Now the competition (between the team's young defencemen) starts again."

Wozniewski is just happy to be back in the fold.

"I felt really really good (with the Marlies)," he said. "I tested out my shoulder a number of times and really got my confidence back.

"I'm just going to keep practising hard and wait for my opportunity."

WRIST SHOTS

Maurice does not expect forward Boyd Devereaux to suit up tonight. Devereaux is being plagued by a nagging wrist injury and tested it out on the ice after practice yesterday.

"I can't say when I'll be back," Devereaux said. "Right now I'm just taking it day by day."

LOOSE LEAFS

The Mats Sundin-Nik Antropov-Alexei Ponikarovsky line has been drawing raves for their solid work, especially down low. "Those two other guys are so big, they create space for Mats to move," Maurice said ... Duff Goldman, host of the Food Network's Ace of Cakes, will present the team with a huge puck-shaped Maple Leafs cake prior to the game against the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre tonight. Duff uses drills and blow torches to create his masterpiece pastries, including a huge one for the Super Bowl.


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