The Toronto Marlies have five games, starting Saturday, before the Maple Leafs are due back in Toronto for their first practice in 12 days.
It's probable that a few, including forwards Christian Hanson, Viktor Stalberg and Tyler Bozak will be returned to the Marlies so they can keep playing, but coach Ron Wilson did not want to confirm as much before a game on Friday night in St. Louis.
Bozak, with 11 points in 15 games, has the talent to be a productive regular. His instincts on offence are natural.
"They have given me a great opportunity and put me in tough situations, and I have played a lot," Bozak, who is averaging 17 minutes, 18 seconds per game, said. "It has been an unreal experience. Hopefully I won't have to go back down again."
NO PRESSURE HERE
Phil Kessel was asked if he thinks the pressure in Vancouver for the Olympics will be more than what he experiences as a Leaf.
"You know, I don't think it is that bad here, to tell you the truth," Kessel said. "People want to win and so do we. So it's not like pressure."
"He has been saying for the past few weeks he is excited and he is the guy carrying the flag. He does not want to stop playing. Hopefully this is not his last one." -- Tomas Kaberle on Olympian and Czech teammate Jaromir Jagr, who is playing in Russia.