'Sad day' for Gamache

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

Simon Gamache could not hide his frustration.

The diminutive forward was placed on waivers yesterday and has until noon today to clear. Should it play out that way, he likely would be sent to the Marlies, although he is not sure that is an option he would pursue.

"It's a sad day for me," said Gamache from the Scotiabank Place press box. "I'm very disappointed. I didn't come here to play in the AHL.

"No way did I want to finish off my first callup this way. Hopefully they will keep me up. But in reality, it's me again."

Gamache has not decided if he would report to the Marlies.

"There are not many options I can pursue. But there are some."

Gamache had two goals, two assists and was a minus-one in 11 games with the Leafs.

HOLLYWOOD TUCKER

While Darcy Tucker gets closer to returning from his knee ailment, he'll be on the tube this week making a guest appearance on Little Mosque on the Prairie.

"It was fun,"Tucker said. "Ron MacLean was there and that made it a bit more comfortable. I've known Ron for a long time, so that made it a bit easier.

"It should be interesting. I know my kids will like it.

"The most nervous part was trying to geSt the script down. I can't tell you how many lines I had but there were enough to make me nervous."

LOOSE LEAFS

Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson is enthused that the proposed four-pad practice facility near Lakeshore Lions Arena finally got the go-ahead from the city last week. "It will be exciting," Nicholson said yesterday.

THE LOW-DOWN

Senators assistant coach Ron Low had quite the scare during yesterday's morning skate when a pair of Ottawa players accidently collided with him, sending Low's head bouncing off the ice with a crack. Low immediately was rushed to hospital, leaving behind a pool of blood on the Scotiabank Place ice surface.Fortunately doctors stitched up the gash in his skull, allowing him to attend last night's game.


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