Fletch wants to stay

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

Cliff Fletcher maintains he would like to remain a consultant with the Maple Leafs for the remainder of the season in the event a new general manager is brought in.

In the meantime, he said last night he remains in charge of making deals until his replacement is brought in, whenever that might be. He added that no trades are imminent at this time.

"I knew when I was brought in it was only for the (short-term)," Fletcher said. "I figured it might happen last summer."

Fletcher has at least earned the right to remain with the team, having done a good job since replacing John Ferguson.

SWEET MOMENT

Imagine how excited Kyle Wellwood was when he scored the first goal of the game in last night's 4-2 Vancouver Canucks victory over the Leafs.

"I definitely was hoping to score tonight," Wellwood said. "To get the first goal was all the better. It was exactly what I had been hoping for."

How did his former Maple Leafs teammates treat him?

"It was friendly up until I scored."

PEST NOT HIS BEST

The three-game trip through the west was an eventful one for Jason Blake, who whined after being a healthy scratch in the opener against Calgary Saturday. Despite his ranting, he turned in a productive game two nights later in Edmonton.

"He didn't do anything I didn't expect," Blake's agent, Neil Sheehy, said yesterday. "Players have to learn how to play the way coaches want them to, and Jason did that.

"I wasn't concerned. I knew he would get another chance. He made the most of it, and I'm proud of him for that."

ROCKET MAN

Luke Schenn got a taste of his past Friday night.

Schenn was reunited with a lot of friends and former teammates as he attended the Western Hockey League game between the Vancouver Giants and the Kelowna Rockets, his former junior team.

The outcome was not what he was looking for -- the Rockets lost the game 5-3 -- but at least he had a chance to quickly visit with the players and coaches before the contest.

"It was fun to see the guys," said Schenn, the fifth overall pick in the June entry draft. "But I'll tell you one thing: I'd much rather be up here with the Leafs than down there, that's for sure."

LOOSE LEAFS

Forward John Mitchell is expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow night when the Leafs face off against the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre.

Mitchell, ironically, suffered a slightly separated shoulder against those same Boston Bruins almost two weeks ago. Think he might be motivated for that game?


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