Kadri survives

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, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

Nazem Kadri survived the first set of Leaf cuts last night after a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, but the first-round draft pick is still far from a regular spot.

"I'll say this a last time, unless he can play on our top two lines, he'll be playing in junior," coach Ron Wilson said. "I don't see much of a chance of that. You saw the way Matt Stajan played tonight (two points) and we didn't have Mikhail Grabovski in the lineup."

The Leafs split 17 players into their Marlies farm group last night, goaltenders Andrew Engelage and James Reimer, defencemen Josh Engel, Joe Ryan, Juraj Mikus, Phil Oreskovic and Todd Perry and forwards Kyle Rogers, Greg Scott, Robert Slaney, Mikhail Stefanovich, Alex Berry, Darryl Boyce, Tom Galvin, Dale Mitchell, Stefano Giliati and Richard Greenop.

Defencemen Jesse Blacker (Windsor) and Brandon Manning (Chilliwack) were sent back to their junior clubs as was forward Joel Champagne (P.E.I.).

Ex-Coyote Bill Thomas and Finn Juha Uotila have been released from their pro tryout contracts.

There are 44 players remaining in camp with five exhibition games to go.

LOOSE LEAFS

Chris Carmichael, personal coach of cyclist Lance Armstrong, will address the Leafs today at the MasterCard Centre ... Phil Kessel says he adopted No. 81 because No. 8 was retired at the University of Minnesota, with the Boston Bruins (Cam Neely) and Mike Komisarek had claimed it with the Leafs. "My family likes it now and I'll wear it," he said.

TAVARES ITCHING TO GO

SASKATOON -- John Tavares didn't lace 'em up against the Flames in Calgary, nor last night in Saskatoon.

Flames fans aren't the only ones disappointed the first overall selection in this year's draft didn't play those couple of games for the New York Islanders against Calgary.

"I hate watching. I wish I could play every game," Tavares said yesterday. "But it's about getting ready for the season. You're trying to get your timing back, and this is new for me. Those things will come."

VERSTEEG HURT

CHICAGO -- Chicago forward Kris Versteeg suffered an upper-body injury in the Blackhawks' 3-2 pre-season overtime loss to Washington Capitals last night and will be day to day.


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