TORONTO - David Clarkson isn’t talking, but is playing Tuesday.
Phil Kessel wants to play Tuesday, but might be a late scratch because of an afternoon hearing.
Welcome to another day of suspended animation with the Maple Leafs.
Clarkson’s 10-game sentence for coming off the bench Sunday night against the Sabres is not quite carved in stone. He is said to be considering the CBA’s somewhat complicated appeal process, though has not formally made that move. That led to his silence again at Tuesday’s morning skate before a game with Ottawa, now two days after the Buffalo brawl. Anything to do with delicate CBA matters makes most involved clam up.
Kessel, meanwhile, faces a late Tuesday hearing with the NHL for his hack job on the legs of Buffalo enforcer John Scott, who came after Kessel in the faceoff circle and prompted Clarkson to jump the boards. Kessel joined Clarkson in Monday’s morning skate. He will sit if its deemed the Kessel hearing goes too close to the 7 p.m. faceoff against the Senators.
Clarkson was on the first line with Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk and coach Randy Carlyle said he would play “as many games as possible” before the suspension kicks in Oct. 1.