The Maple Leafs have placed forward Bates Battaglia on waivers.
Battaglia has been a healthy scratch for the most part, appearing in 13 games. He has no points and is minus-6.
The 31-year-old Chicago native makes $650,000 US this season and is under contract for the same amount next season. If Battaglia clears waivers by noon today, it is possible the Leafs will send him to the Marlies of the AHL.
In 2006-07, Battaglia became a feel-good story when he made the Leafs roster after a couple of seasons in the minors. Battaglia appeared in all 82 games and had 31 points. But he has been made expendable by the play of Boyd Devereaux, among others.
Centre Kyle Wellwood has not been providing much offence, which is a scary thought, because, after Mats Sundin, some see him as the next best thing in the organization. Wellwood had just four goals and two assists in 15 games heading into last night.
"I would like to see a little more jump and I would like to see his hands there as well," coach Paul Maurice said. "I would like to see him move his feet a little bit more."
Wellwood responded with two assists last night in a strong performance.
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The Leafs don't play at home again until Dec. 29, when the New York Rangers visit. The Leafs play their next seven games on the road, beginning on Friday in Atlanta against the Thrashers, but will be home for some breaks between games.
Some were looking forward to the three non-game days leading up to Friday.
"It's a rarity in our schedule," forward Chad Kilger said. "Other teams will have a week off and it seems like we play every other day. It will be nice to spend some time with the family."
Dale Mitchell, the Leafs' first pick (74th overall) in the 2007 draft, has not been putting up great numbers with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. A forward, Mitchell had 80 points last season, but has just 19 in 28 so far and is minus-5.