Leafs getting close to crunch time

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

The big cuts are coming closer for the Maple Leafs.

There are 37 players remaining in camp, with three exhibition games remaining after last night's match with Ottawa.

In at least two of those, coach Paul Maurice intends to use close to his starting lineup, keeping in mind there are two forwards hurt (Kyle Wellwood and Boyd Devereaux), one suspended (Mark Bell), while former New Jersey Devil Scott Clemmensen will eventually be starting in goal with the Marlies.

The 20-odd survivors will gather Monday at Lakeshore Lions Arena to begin two days of practice in preparation for the Oct. 3 season- opener against the Ottawa Senators at the ACC.

MAKE WAY FOR MYERS

The Leafs were given the boot from the Air Canada Centre yesterday morning for the filming of Mike Myers' new movie, The Love Guru.

Part of the plot revolves around Myers' portrayal of an Eastern mystic who helps the hockey team win the Stanley Cup.

Additional scenes will be filmed during exhibition game intermissions this week.

LAST OF THE DUKES

The retirement of goaltender Sean Burke last week was the end of an era for the Toronto Marlboros juniors. Burke was the last active player of 97 Marlies picked by NHL teams between 1969-89.

Only eight other junior franchises had more players drafted and all have been operating almost 40 years. The Marlies won seven Memorial Cups and after serving as the sponsored team of the Leafs, sent NHLers such as Steve Shutt, Mark Napier and the Howe brothers.


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