Bozak was toughest cut

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

When the final cuts were made yesterday, only three rookies remained on the Leafs roster: Big winger Viktor Stalberg, goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and thumper Jay Rosehill.

The toughest cut for coach Ron Wilson may have been Tyler Bozak, a free agent signee from the University of Denver who had a strong camp but was a tough fit initially, in part because of salary cap concerns.

"Unfortunately it was the numbers," Wilson remarked of Bozak.

"He certainly played well enough to be here, but not enough to play above a veteran.

"If one of the veteran people above him on our depth doesn't hold up his end of the bargain (Bozak) could be here on the weekend, for all we know."

Speed to burn

He may have trouble keeping up, but centre Matt Stajan likes the look of the new-look first line that Wilson will unveil tonight.

Stajan will line up between Jason Blake, the team's leading scorer from last season, and Viktor Stalberg, the speedy big man who led the league with six goals in the pre-season.

"With Viktor on one side and Blakey on the other, we've got a lot of speed," Stajan said. "Hopefully I can get out there and make some plays."

Quick hits

Vegas linemakers have set the over/under for the Leafs' season point total at 86, five more than this past season and seven less than it took to make the post-season in the Eastern Conference ... Tonight's game will be broadcast on CBC in a special Thursday-night edition of Hockey Night In Canada ... Wilson said Jiri Tlusty was sent to the Marlies because he has yet to prove he can score at the NHL level. "Since I've been here, he's had trouble scoring," Wilson said. "He has to go down and find his scoring touch and get confident and we'll make a spot for him."


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