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LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

CALL A PLUMBER

The plumbers took control of the scoring in Sunday's scrimmage, with fourth-liner Mike Brown and hard-edged tryout Mike Liambas both scoring for Team Armstrong in a 4-3 win over Team Kennedy. Both tough guys beat Jonas Gustavsson with high wrist shots.

"Mike Brown can do a lot of things," coach Ron Wilson said. "I don't know about offence, but he had six goals (last year with Anaheim) and to put the occasional puck in the net is huge. We want him to be banging. There will be opportunities (to play). I'm impressed with his attention to detail. He's a great skater, a punishing hitter and, I'm told, he will help our penalty killing, too. He's a great addition."

DALE NOT OVER HILL

There were two nice assists in the game for winger Dale Mitchell, the club's first pick, 74th overall in 2007. From flat on his back in the corner, he somehow fed Mikhail Grabovski for a goal.

"Anything to get noticed," laughed the 5-foot-9 Mitchell.

"One thing I've tried to focus on is play in my own end on the boards, getting pucks out. In junior you can get away with it, here they can score a goal on it and it's basically your fault."

MUELLER MAKES MARK

After getting shoved off the puck frequently and looking a little lost in his first NHL setting, 6-foot-3 winger Marcel Mueller closed with a nice goal on a hard shot.

"In the German League and at the world championships, he was a proven scorer and we have to see if he can do that here," Wilson said. "He has a heck of a shot and he's a big guy who can really skate."

AULIE ALL READY

There will be an important step for defenceman Keith Aulie this morning as the 6-foot-5 prospect gets his first exposure to contact drills. Acquired in the Dion Phaneuf trade with Calgary and pegged as a future NHLer. He injured his shoulder soon after joining the Marlies in February and the surgery has finally healed.

FINGER HURTS KNEE

In a totally unintentional way, a knee injury to defenceman Jeff Finger could help the Leafs escape a numbers' crunch.

Finger will be out about a week after "tweaking" the knee in Saturday's opening scrimmage, coach Wilson says. Finger's $3.5 million US salary has been a hot topic all summer with too many one-way NHL contracts on the blue line and the club already about $200,000 over the cap. While the Leafs insisted Finger would get every opportunity to make the starting six before they consider dropping anyone to the AHL Marlies, his chances diminish the further he falls behind the pack. He'll likely miss all five of this week's exhibition games.

FRED, MAC AND MIK

When winger Fredrik Sjostrom gets back at or near the start of the regular season (he's resting a surgically repaired shoulder), Wilson sees him on a potential third line with Clarke MacArthur and Grabovski at centre. Grabovski, who is challenging Nazem Kadri for a role in the middle behind first liner Tyler Bozak, also scored on Sunday.


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