Maple Leafs will have to make roster moves after Games

Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk (centre) is congratulated by defenceman Carl Gunnarsson after he...

Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk (centre) is congratulated by defenceman Carl Gunnarsson after he scored against the Lightning on Thursday night. Captain Dion Phaneuf says Gunnarsson is 'one of the most under-rated (defencemen) in the league.' (USA Today)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

Randy Carlyle chose not to speak to the media on Friday after the Maple Leafs came home from Tampa Bay in the early hours and reported for a noon off-ice workout.

Recovering Dave Bolland and Trevor Smith were the only players on the ice, but it’s unclear yet if centre Peter Holland (foot), winger Carter Ashton (hand) or Colton Orr (healthy scratch) will be back in the lineup after the Leafs finished a two-game road trip on a strong note, using seven defencemen and restoring Frazer McLaren on the fourth line.

The seven-man experiment was a way to get an idle Paul Ranger in the lineup and it seemed to work to counter the Lightning using a similar alignment. There will have to be some roster moves to the Marlies when NHL play resumes later this month with Bolland and Smith expected to be activated.

 


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