The Maple Leafs have placed winger Ryan Hollweg on waivers.
"We put him on waivers with the intention of assigning him to the Marlies or potentially he could get picked up by some (other NHL team)," head coach Ron Wilson said. "From our point of view, hopefully he'll clears waivers and he can get a few games in with the Marlies and we'll make a decision in the future on him. But he's not playing here and it doesn't do him any good to not get any action. He should go down and play."
The feisty Hollweg, who was acquired from the New York Rangers in the off-season for a fifth-round pick in the 2009 entry draft, has played in 25 games and has two assists and 38 minutes in penalties. He was suspended for three games by the NHL after hitting St. Louis defenceman Alex Pietrangelo from behind on Oct. 13.
The Leafs are still deciding on what to do with veteran farmhands Bates Battaglia and Boyd Devereaux, who were put on re-entry waivers earlier this week. There's a chance one or both will play against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.
Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle, who has missed the past six games with a broken right hand, skated prior to practice and was due to have his cast changed yesterday.
Mike Van Ryn is still out with a lower body injury and did not practise.
On the Pittsburgh side, the Penguins are expected to have defenceman Sergei Gonchar and left winger Ruslan Fedotenko in the lineup against the Leafs tonight at the ACC. Gonchar has missed the entire season with a separated shoulder and Fedotenko has been out since Jan. 6 with a broken right hand.
HITTING CLOSE TO HOME
Leafs winger and Buffalo native Lee Stempniak grew up about 20 minutes from Clarence Center, N.Y., the site of yesterday's deadly crash of Continental Flight 3407.
"It's unbelievable to comprehend," Stempniak said. "It's pretty close to home. A tragedy like that, it's just hard to put into words how devastating that is."
AROUND THE NET
Wilson has not decided whether to start the struggling Vesa Toskala in net tonight against the Penguins ... The Leafs will hold their annual Skills Competition tomorrow at the ACC at 11 a.m., with proceeds benefitting the Leafs Fund for Kids and the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund ... Leafs players and alumni will take part in the Leafs Skate for Easter Seals Kids on Monday at 1 p.m. at the ACC. A limited number of spots are still available for fans to take part in the skate.