The Maple Leafs wouldn't mind breaking bread with Fabian Brunnstrom, but will have to wait their turn at the buffet table.
The 23-year-old Swedish forward prospect reportedly has been making the rounds in North America this week, with a stop in Dallas done and another tonight in Denver to take in Game 4 of the Avalanche-Red Wings series.
The Leafs hope to meet with Brunnstrom and his agent, J.P. Barry, late this week. An unrestricted free agent, Brunnstrom turned heads this season with Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League. He is being courted by several NHL clubs, but not all would be able to offer the carrot the Leafs are dangling, -- a regular job in the NHL next season.
The Philadelphia Flyers, not unlike many of their NHL brethren, have taken a keen interest in Brunnstrom.
"He's big, he skates well, he's young and he's got skill," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "I think he'll fit in with our young group. I'm sure he's going to sign with someone in the next week to 10 days. He's one of those guys who has slipped through the cracks a bit."
MARLIES INK GENERAL
The Marlies have signed Dale Mitchell, the 74th pick overall by the Leafs in the draft last year, to an amateur tryout contract.
The Oshawa Generals forward rebounded with a good playoff, recording 16 points in 15 games to tie John Tavares and Brett MacLean for the team lead, after struggling at times during the season.
"We'll see where it leads," Marlies GM Mike Penny said. "If someone gets hurt, he can be called upon. It's up to the coaches."
The Marlies open the American Hockey League best-of-seven North Division final tomorrow night at home against the Syracuse Crunch.
Fans who attend Marlies playoff games at the Ricoh Coliseum will have to continue to glance toward the ends of the rink to see video replays and check the time remaining in each period.
The centre-ice clock at the Ricoh fell to the ice last week, while the Marlies were in San Antonio for their first-round series, as maintenance staff worked on the hoisting mechanism. No one was injured. There likely would have been extensive damage to the ice, but special-effects lighting units that were under the clock cushioned the fall.
In the meantime, giant video screens have been placed over seats at each end of the rink.