EDMONTON - In what had to be considered a bit of a surprise, Luke Schenn was made a healthy scratch on Wednesday night for the Maple Leafs' game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
While Schenn had a rocky ride in the Leafsí 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome on Tuesday, he wasn't alone. Almost every member of the Toronto defence corps would have received a failing grade in that one.
While there was speculation that Schenn might have been involved in a trade, he was on the ice in the pre-game warmup, which scuttled many of those suggestions.
Most observers figured veteran Mike Komisarek might have been the odd man out after being burned several times and taking an undisciplined penalty. In the end, that was not the case.
Keith Aulie replaced Schenn on the Leafs blueline and needed just 41 seconds to register a point, assisting on Joffrey Lupulís first-minute goal.
Forward Colby Armstrong also returned to the lineup, replacing Joey Crabb.
Carl Gunnarsson simply canít watch.
While heís relieved that the injury he suffered during practice on Monday from a collision with Jay Rosehill is just a low ankle sprain and not the more-serious high ankle variety, sitting on the sidelines is driving him nuts.
Gunnarsson, who is expected to be out about a week, caught bits and pieces of the Leafsí 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night on the television in the Toronto dressing room in the Saddledome. But not the whole thing. Far from it.
ďI canít stand not being in there,Ē Gunnarsson said. ďIt just eats me up. Iím cheering for the boys, but itís too much to take.Ē
Gunnarsson said he is very grateful that his injury wasnít worse.
ďAt first I didnít think it was that bad,Ē he said. ďBut after several minutes, when the pain didnít go away, you start to worry.
ďI just canít wait to get back.Ē
Until then, you can count on him doing a lot of pacing.