TORONTO - Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after the team’s morning skate Thursday that he expects injured fourth-line winger Mike Brown to miss up to two weeks with an undisclosed upper-body injury.
“It won’t be day-to-day,” Wilson said after the skate.
Brown left Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout win over the Florida Panthers in the second period after taking a heavy hit from defenceman Keaton Ellerby along the boards.
Brown, a 25-year-old energy guy for the Leafs, signed a three-year contract extension with Toronto on Wednesday.
Prior to Thursday night’s tilt against Carolina at the Air Canada Centre, a lot of the buzz centred around whether or not the Leafs would be going after Hurricanes defenceman Tim Gleason for levelling forward Nikolai Kulemin with a single punch during a scrum the previous time the two teams met, a 6-4 road loss last week for Toronto. Many pundits chastised Gleason for punching Kulemin since the Leaf is clearly not a fighter, though the 225-pounder did give Gleason a couple of shots to the face with his gloves on before the ’Cane responded by dropping his own.
“It adds a little bit of excitement, I think,” Leafs tough guy Jay Rosehill said when asked if the Leafs would be seeking retribution.
That question has long since been answered — with Rosehill and Gleason battling to a draw in the first period — but the 215-pound bruiser did admit he could see how Gleason did what he did.
“It’s happened (to me),” Rosehill said. “I like to usually know who I have a hold of, but things like that happen. And I’ve been on the other side of it where I’ve been going into a game knowing that there’s guys that have my number and it’s just part of the game when you play that style of hockey.”
WITH A REBEL PAL
Thursday night’s game was a reunion of sorts, and we’re not talking about former Maple Leafs Ian White and Jiri Tlusty. If you didn’t know any better, you might have thought the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League were in town.
No fewer than six former Rebels were dressed for the game, including Leafs starting rookie goaltender James Reimer, who played with the team from 2005-08; captain Dion Phaneuf, who was a Rebel from 2001-05; and forwards Colby Armstrong (1998-2001) and Kris Versteeg (2005-06). On the Hurricanes side, there was forward Brandon Sutter (2004-08) and goalie Cam Ward (2000-04).
“There’s a lot of us,” Reimer said. “It’s a nice little reunion.”
While coach Ron Wilson seems to have an idea as to when injured forward Mike Brown will return to action, he doesn’t seem to have one on tough guy Colton Orr. Orr, who has been sidelined since Jan. 20, had his faced slammed into the ice during a fight with Anaheim’s George Parros. Concussion worries are likely the source of Orr being place on the injured reserve list ... Phaneuf didn’t make it to the Leafs’ morning skate on Thursday. Perhaps the team’s captain had a little too much fun at the Conn Smythe Celebrities Dinner and Auction on Wednesday night where he was seen with his girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert ... The Leafs have loaned forward Jerry D’Amigo to the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. The 19-year-old D’Amigo has played 41 games for the Marlies this season, the Leafs AHL affiliate. He has five goals and nine assists, along with 23 penalty minutes.