Back to business for Leafs

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Plans still are being discussed for a tribute to Team Canada and recognition of the American contingent on the Maple Leafs for Tuesday's home game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

But there won't be much time for general manager Brian Burke, coach Ron Wilson and winger Phil Kessel to dwell on Sunday's 3-2 overtime defeat to Canada.

With just one day off and 21 games to play from Tuesday to April 10, there is a lot for the Leafs to concern themselves with, from the looming NHL trade deadline to playing the spoiler role.

Only a few of the Leafs' games can be placed in the category of meaningless and they will want to finish with a bang, if for no other reason than to separate the Boston Bruins from a top-five draft pick.

Boston holds Toronto's ticket from the Kessel trade.

Tuesday's game would be a good place to start, with former Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice's Hurricanes winning five straight prior to the two-week break to give themselves a five-point cushion on Toronto in the conference standings.

For those who put the Leafs on the back burner during the break, they hit a bump after creating momentum from the trades for Dion Phaneuf and Jean-Sebastien Giguere and lost their final two games before the break.

All players but Kessel had reported by Sunday. The Leafs have added forward Jamie Lundmark on waivers from Calgary as they wait on Mikhail Grabovski's sore wrist to heal.


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