Maple Leafs forward Kris Newbury was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL yesterday, prior to the Leafs-Florida Panthers tilt at the Air Canada Centre. Newbury was recalled by the Leafs on Jan. 3 and played his first NHL game of the season that night against the Ottawa Senators. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound native of Brampton has appeared in 21 games with the Marlies this season, registering six goals and 18 assists for 24 points with 36 penalty minutes and a plus-2.
Rookie defenceman Luke Schenn returned to the lineup last night after going down with a strained knee on Dec. 6. Fellow rookie defenceman Jaime Sifers sat out to make room for Schenn. Also returning to the lineup was tough guy forward Andre Deveaux, who missed the past three games with sore foot. Newbury's move to the minors made room for Deveaux. First-line centre Matt Stajan, who suffered an eye injury prior to a practice in Washington Dec. 27, will return to action tomorrow in Montreal.
CALLING UP THE BOYS
Schenn, who was a member of Canada's 2008 gold-medal-winning world junior team, called a few friends from this year's triumphant squad after the gold medal win over Sweden on Monday night, including former world junior teammates Thomas Hickey and Zach Boychuk, and former Kelowna teammates Jamie Benn and Tyler Myers.
"Before the game I was kind of nervous for them, because all of Canada was watching and they're playing in Ottawa," Schenn said. "But there's no better feeling than representing your country and winning gold."
There's a sense that Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke is close to pulling the trigger on a deal, although head coach Ron Wilson threw cold water on that yesterday.
"No. We haven't even talked at all about that," said Wilson, when asked if he has heard anything about a possible trade. "A lot of teams in the same position as we (are) haven't made a move either.
Nothing's going to happen for a while."