Moore's rut no biggie

ROB LONGLEY AND MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

Toronto coach Ron Wilson is not surprised that former Leafs centre Dominic Moore has not been scoring as regularly since being dealt to the Buffalo Sabres.

"I think he's probably more into the role he's supposed to be in -- a third or fourth-line checking centre who is going to spend more time on the defensive side than be involved in the offence," Wilson said of Moore, who has three points in nine games with Buffalo.

"I've watched him play and he looks like the same guy who had been playing with us. They just have more skill up front and that skill gets to play in all the offensive situations."

Miller Time

While Curtis Joseph will get the start for the Leafs after his dramatic overtime and shootout heroics against Washington on Tuesday, the Sabres will welcome Ryan Miller back between the pipes.

Miller has been out for 13 games with a high-ankle sprain, a big reason the Sabres have slipped to the fringes of the playoff race.

"It's a big boost," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's tough to get by without your starting goaltender. You can miss key forwards, miss a defencemen but you look at Ryan's win-loss record and the team's record when he's in there and that all speaks for itself."

Heward hopeful

When defenceman Jamie Heward was acquired in a trade deadline deal with Tampa, most felt it was merely a paper transaction, given the veteran had been out for more than a month with a concussion.

But Heward skated prior to yesterday's practice and is hopeful to get a shot at game action before the season ends.

"I don't want the last vision of me (being) carried off the ice in a stretcher," Heward said yesterday. "I'd like to be able to have my last game taking my jersey off instead of having it cut off."

Briefly

A familiar face is back with the organization. The Leafs have signed defenceman Jay Harrison to a one-year deal believed to be worth $475,000 US. While Harrison, who was playing in Europe earlier this season, is seen as blue-line depth for the Marlies, he might get a shot with the Leafs while another of the young defencemen is sent down to help the farm club's quest for a playoff berth ... Nik Hagman, who has missed a dozen games with a concussion, will return for tomorrow's game.


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