Cavalry coming

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

The Leafs expect to have both defencemen Tomas Kaberle and Mike Van Ryn back tomorrow against the Ottawa Senators from their respective hand and leg injuries.

That would give the Leafs a healthy defence for one of the few times this season, but would mean a quick demotion for Anton Stralman, summoned yesterday from the Marlies for the fourth time this season.

TALK OF THE TOWN

The NHL general managers' meetings will be held March 9-11 in Naples, Fla., well after the trade deadline has expired. Such a gathering usually provided the execs with one-stop shopping prior to the deadline and generated a blitz of rumours, but there will still be a lot to gab about. .

"Rumours are helpful to the business (generating media and fan buzz), as long as they don't spook the players," Leafs general manager Brian Burke said.

Next month's meetings are sure to be eventful, with the renewed debate about fighting among other topics. Burke says he will also keep plugging away at his proposal to allow teams that are trading to pick up part of the departed player's salary to prod more deals.

"It's like Groundhog day, I keep putting it on the table, like one minute for an overtime penalty," Burke said.

"I look at (former Quebec Nordiques boss) Marcel Aubut. He put video replay on (the agenda) every year and about threee years later, people said it makes sense."

WANG HANGS IN

Islanders owner Charles Wang has once more told developers in Queen's, N.Y., that he's not interested in being a tenant of a new sports complex being hatched near Queen's, closer to Manhattan. An arena is being proposed near the baseball Mets new home, Citi Park, but Wang is holding on in hopes his vision of a renovated Nassau Coliseum and hotel project will get through its current legal hurdles with local government.


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