February 2, 2010
Hanson has to waitLikely call-up must wait until everything is official to join Leafs
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
It's rarely a dull day for Leafs equipment manager Brian Papineau and his staff, but in times like these the boys are working overtime.
With bodies in and bodies out, there are bags to pack and others to unpack and all manner of gear to distribute.
And there's more work to do, as the Leafs must call up a body prior to their game on Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils to make up for the six players shipped out of town on Sunday.
The process was delayed on Monday because the league freezes a team's salary cup numbers immediately following a trade until all the parties pass medicals with their new teams.
With no complications expected in that regard, it looks likely that rookie Christian Hanson will be the player who gets the call from the Marlies and given the configuration of lines at practice on Monday, he would seem destined to skate with John Mitchell and Lee Stempniak.
Spare defenceman Jeff Finger was teamed with those two, but he clearly was just holding a spot until help arrives.
Out of necessity, the rest of the lineup will feature a new look from top to bottom.
The first unit is almost certain to consist of rookie Tyler Bozak at centre flanked by Phil Kessel and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
Rickard Wallin splits another group that includes newcomer Fredrik Sjostrom and Nikolai Kulemin, while the mucker trio will be comprised of Jay Rosehill, Wayne Primeau and Colton Orr.
As always, Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson isn't shy about mixing things up and could do so as early as the game-day skate on Tuesday morning at the Air Canada Centre.
But based on Monday's practice, the defensive pairings would look like this: Dion Phaneuf with Francois Beauchemin, Tomas Kaberle with Carl Gunnarsson and Garnet Exelby alongside Luke Schenn.
Incoming goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere will get the start in net for his Toronto debut.