HANSON KNOWS ROLE
Christian Hanson knows exactly the address he needs to inhabit if his second stint as a Maple Leaf is going to result in permanent residency.
"I've got to get in front of the net," the big Notre Dame grad and son of Slap Shot legend Dave Hanson said prior to his first start of the season. "Banging bodies, getting pucks out from the corner and getting in front of net, that's what I've got to do."
Hanson, who played five games at the end of last season, was called up from the Marlies on Tuesday after it was learned that centre John Mitchell will be out of the lineup for as long as six weeks with a knee injury. And at 6-foot-4, 228-pounds, it is hoped he can be the physical presence sorely lacking many nights in the Leafs lineup.
Hanson, who played centre in college, started at wing on a line with speedsters Niklas Hagman and Mikhail Grabovski.
Leafs coach Ron Wilson put on his U.S. Olympic hat to discuss the play of big Lightning winger Ryan Malone, who is expected to be part of the team in Vancouver.
"We need some big guys like that," Wilson said of Malone, who had 14 goals in his first 21 games.
Wilson said that with Vesa Toskala out to nurse a groin injury, Jonas Gustavsson is likely to get a series of starts. Joey MacDonald, up from the Marlies, is the backup until Toskala returns.