Moore's future unclear

STEVE BUFFERY AND MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Maple Leafs centre Dominic Moore, who becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, may have a contract extension signed by tomorrow.

If not, the Leafs will likely deal him prior to Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.

Moore's agent and Leafs general manager Brian Burke are currently negotiating a contract extension. The first year Leaf is having a career year with 12 goals and 29 assists.

Moore has said that he would prefer to stay in his hometown and play for the Leafs.

NO EMBELLISHING

Tim Stapleton scored his first official NHL goal on Saturday in Toronto's 4-3 overtime victory over Ottawa (he scored the shootout winner in Long Island on Thursday). It wasn't much of a goal, but Stapleton was assured by some observers that he can tell his grandkids in future years that it was a thing of beauty.

"I don't know about that," he said. "You have YouTube now. So they can see it."

Stapleton's line mate Jason Blake saved the puck for Stapleton.

GREAT SCOTT

Former Marlies goaltender Scott Clemmensen might be back in the American Hockey League right now, but he has no plans to stay there.

At least not long term.

"I've always believed I could be a regular in the NHL and I think I proved that," Clemmensen said from Lowell. "I'm hoping this season showed people that.

"I think I did."

Clemmensen usurped prospect Justin Pogge as the Marlies starter last season and led Toronto to the playoffs. After the two sides parted ways in the summer, Clemmensen signed with the Devils, starting the season with AHL Lowell.

When Martin Brodeur hurt his arm, Clemmensen was called up and wrestled the No. 1 job from Kevin Weekes, leading the Devils to first place in the Atlantic division during Brodeur's 50-game absence.

Clemmensen was sent down last week when Brodeur was activated, because of waiver rules. Weekes would have had to clear waivers, while Clemmensen did not, because he was originally called up as a - emergency replacement.


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