Brian Burke is in a better position today to lure a restricted free agent to Toronto than he was yesterday.
That's because the Maple Leafs GM has re-acquired a second-round pick in the 2010 draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Toronto's third-round pick in 2011 and an '11 second-rounder that was previously obtained from Calgary.
The Leafs now have a first-round, second-round and a third-round pick in the 2010 draft, the required assets needed when making an offer to a restricted free agent.
The Leafs rookies, meanwhile, will play Pittsburgh's prospects tonight in Kitchener, as part of a four-team tournament that also includes Ottawa and Boston.
Jackets tie up Brassard
COLUMBUS -- The Blue Jackets have signed centre Derick Brassard to a four-year, $12.8-million US contract extension.
Cloutier nets a look
The Detroit Red Wings have given Dan Cloutier a chance to serve as a backup goalie.
The team has announced that Cloutier will attend training camp and battle with Jimmy Howard.
Cloutier, who spent most of his career in Vancouver, was out of hockey last season.
In the 2002 playoffs, Cloutier allowed a pivotal goal from centre ice, a miscue that allowed Detroit to overcame a 2-0 series deficit in the quarterfinal.
Sens help Heatley
OTTAWA -- The Sens are trying to help Dany Heatley move -- back to Ottawa, for now.
Camp invitations were sent out to Senators players last week and the unhappy winger, who has asked for a trade, was told if he needed any help making travel arrangements between his summer home in Kelowna, B.C. and Ottawa, the team would be happy to help.
Murray said the chances of deal before camp, which begins next Saturday, are slim.
"There is nothing new to report," Murray said.
"Time is just kind of winding down here towards next week. I've talked to a couple of teams.
" We've gone back and forth, but it's not anything differ than has been said before."