The Jeremy Williams saga continues.
Williams, who has five goals in 10 games since being called up from the Marlies, had missed 11 games prior to Thursday's match in Colorado, because of a shoulder injury. The Regina native was scheduled to come back against the Avalanche, but missed the game because of a "bug." At least that's the official reason. Turns out, Williams was hit hard by teammate Jeff Finger in practice Wednesday and reportedly hurt his back. He is feeling better, but did not dress for last night's game at the Air Canada Centre against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Basically, a healthy scratch.
"We had a winning group up front (in Colorado) and I'm not about to make any changes to our lineup," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.
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A number of Leafs were pumped about Doug Gilmour being honoured last night at the ACC, particularly Toronto-area natives Matt Stajan and Dominic Moore.
"He was my hero when I was a kid," Moore said. "What I remember most about him was his heart. He was one of those guys who wore his heart on his sleeve every game. It seemed he always had a black eye or two. He played the game the way I wish I could play it."
Stajan was fortunate to attend a few of the playoff games in 1993 when the Leafs took on Curtis Joseph's St. Louis Blues in the second round. In one game, Gilmour scored a wraparound goal from behind the net in a game where Joseph had stood on his head.
"I was a huge Doug Gilmour fan and obviously that goal on Cujo has got to be one of my favourites, as I'm sure it is for a lot of Leafs fans," Stajan said. "I was about 10 years old when he was in his prime years and the Leafs had their playoff runs. I was lucky enough to go to a few of those playoffs games, and I had my Dougie Gilmour jersey."
Spotted at the morning skate yesterday was NHL legend Bobby Orr, talking with Leafs president and GM Brian Burke and Frantisek Kaberle Sr., the father of Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle. Kaberle's timing to visit from the Czech Republic to see his son play couldn't be any worse, as Tomas is out for about a month with a hand injury suffered on Thursday in Colorado. Kaberle Sr. is a former national team player for Czechoslovakia. Burke has been joined by his family in Toronto and they are ready to move into their new home.