Bell put on waivers

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

The Maple Leafs placed veteran forward Mark Bell on waivers yesterday and said there would be more moves announced today.

"We still have to -- even with two players (on the injured list) -- find spots for two people, and that will probably entail waiving two more people," Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher said.

The Leafs must get their roster down to 23 players by 3 p.m. tomorrow, when all NHL rosters must be set.

Bell, 28, can be claimed by another team or sent to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

The Leafs acquired the rugged forward from the San Jose Sharks along with goaltender Vesa Toskala last season for draft picks. But Bell managed only four goals and six assists in 35 games for the Leafs and has not played well during this pre-season. Bell is set to earn $2.1 million this year and will become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season.

HOLLWEG SUSPENDED

Leafs left wing Ryan Holl-weg received an automatic two-game suspension without pay yesterday for his third game misconduct in a 41-game span in the boarding/checking from behind category.

Hollweg will miss Toronto's season-opener in Detroit on Thursday and a game against Montreal on Saturday.

The incident occurred in the Leafs' 7-3 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday. Hollweg also picked up misconducts against Edmonton on Jan. 5 and Montreal on Feb. 3 when he was with the New York Rangers.

SHAPE UP, CARLO

Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said he is impressed with the play of defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo during the pre-season, though he has stressed to the Toronto native that remaining injury-free, which Colaiacovo has yet to do since being drafted 17th overall by the Leafs in 2001, is not simply a matter of luck.

"I talked to Carlo about his improving his conditioning," said Wilson, adding that most injuries occur late in shifts when players are fatigued and mentally not as aware.


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