At this rate, the Maple Leafs dressing room will soon be known as Calgary East.
Less than a month after defenceman Dion Phaneuf, forward Fredrik Sjostrom and prospect Keith Aulie were acquired in a blockbuster deal from the Flames, former Calgary forward Jamie Lundmark practised with the Leafs for the first time Wednesday since being plucked off waivers.
"It's a team I grew up watching," said Lundmark, who had nine points in 21 games for the Flames. "Who wouldn't want to play here?"
The ninth overall pick in the 1999 draft by the New York Rangers, he has bounced around between the NHL and the minors most of his career.
Lundmark's acquisition is an indication of the pending roster moves the Leafs plan to make when the NHL's roster freeze is lifted at the end of the Olympics. With the league's trade deadline arriving right afterward on March 3, the Leafs will need bodies to fill up the roster in the event players such as Lee Stempniak, Wayne Primeau, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Garnet Exelby are moved.
Under the knife
Aulie is scheduled to undergo surgery early next week after an MRI revealed he suffered significant shoulder damage during a recent game with the AHL Marlies, ending his season in the process.
Aulie, 20, is expected to be ready for training camp in September.
He is in the first season of a three-year entry-level contract and is signed through the 2011-12 season.
Family time, at last
J-S Giguere and his family moved into a new home in Toronto on Tuesday after the recently acquired goalie managed to spend some quality time with them in Anaheim over the Olympic break.
"We had been on a two-week road trip when the Ducks traded me to the Leafs, so I hadn't really seen my family in about a month," Giguere said. "It was great."
Of course, the frigid February weather in Toronto is quite different from the sun-splashed neighbourhoods of southern California.
"My son made a snow ball the other day. He was all excited," Giguere said.