Unless general manager Brian Burke gets some interesting offers over the next couple of days, don't expect major changes on the Leafs roster before the new year.
Not that he's been flooded with offers, but Burke plans to adhere to his extended holiday moratorium on trades. The NHL deadline is Dec. 19 but Burke adds another 10 days to that meaning that if nothing happens by next Wednesday, the roster will freeze.
"I don't think (the Dec. 19 cutoff) is adequate time for players to make holiday plans with their families, especially European players," Burke said. "I want my players to enjoy the holidays, that's something special we do in Toronto and I think our players appreciate it."
Besides moving up the standings, the Leafs recent winning streak has given the players a huge bounce as was evident in the mood at yesterday's up-tempo practice at the TD Banknorth Garden.
"It's funny, in our business when you are winning it improves the quality of life in everybody from players to coaches, to training staff ... everybody," Leafs defenceman Jeff Finger said.
"Obviously in a city like Toronto, with the horrible start we had and how bad things were, it's amazing how quickly things can change."