Leafs keep Bozak around

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

HUNTSVILLE -- Viktor Stalberg made the grade to stay with the Mapler Leafs for opening night and he may have one of his college pals for company.

Stalberg's impressive play and team-leading six goals made it too difficult for management to send him to the minors.

And now it appears there's a strong chance another rookie with an NCAA background, Tyler Bozak, will stick with the lineup.

By tomorrow afternoon, the roster will be set with decisions on which players are left off because of injury (Phil Kessel, Mike Van Ryn and possibly Jeff Finger) and which will sent down to the Marlies.

Bozak is one of the forwards on the bubble, but his versatility and consistency throughout the pre-season has him in the mix.

As for Stalberg, Leafs GM Brian Burke said the 6-foot-3, 210-pound forward deserves his opportunity.

"He's earned it," Burke said yesterday. "He's not just putting points up, he's going to the right parts of the rink, he's competing for the puck and doing all the little things right."

Meanwhile, a glut of defencemen on the roster likely has spelled the end of Jonas Frogren's run as a Leaf.

The team put the Swede on waivers yesterday meaning his days in Blue and White are all but over.

"It's a roster issue and a cap issue," Burke said of Frogren, who had one goal and six assists in 41 games with the Leafs last season.

Fleury quits for good

CALGARY -- Theo Fleury wrapped up an emotional two weeks by saying goodbye -- for good yesterday -- to his NHL career.

Now, the pride of Russell, Man. is looking forward to getting a nod from the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"Four years ago did I deserve it? No I didn't," Fleury said of the game's highest honour.

"Do I deserve it now? I think I do. I fought really hard to get my life back."

Six years after being banned for substance abuse that sent his life spiraling out of control, Fleury was reinstated by the NHL after proving it's never too late to turn one's fortunes around. And he came very close to making the Calgary Flames in training camp this season.

Legace released

ATLANTA -- Veteran goalie Manny Legace was among two players released yesterday by the Atlanta Thrashers.

Legace, 36, appeared in one pre-season game for Atlanta.

Legace has appeared in 337 career games with Los Angeles, Detroit and St. Louis.

Stralman traded again

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets traded a 2010 third-round draft pick to the Flames for defenceman Anton Stralman yesterday. The 23-year-old Swede played 88 games the past two seasons for the Leafs before being traded with forward Colin Stuart to Calgary in July for centre Wayne Primeau.

B. Schenn sent down

LOS ANGELES -- Brayden Schenn is going to spend another season in the Western Hockey League.

The Kings returned the 18-year-old brother of Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn to the Brandon Wheat Kings.


Videos

Photos