Kyle likes scenery

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

Cliff Fletcher is happy that former Leaf Kyle Wellwood has revived his career with the Vancouver Canucks.

At the same time, Fletcher wants to make one point perfectly clear.

"It wasn't going to happen for him in Toronto," said Fletcher, who put Wellwood on waivers during the off-season.

"Maybe the experience has been a wakeup call for him. He has God-given talent, but he needed to know he had to pay the price. Talent isn't everything.

"At some point, he had to look in the mirror and say: "It's not them. It's me."

Three surgeries in a year did not help Wellwood's case during his final couple of seasons with the Leafs.

"Sometimes a change of scenery is good," Wellwood said. "I hold no grudges."

FLETCH LIVES

Fletcher, who hopes to remain as a consultant with the Leafs whenever a new president/general manager (aka Brian Burke) is in place, was scheduled to dine with former Leafs GM Pat Quinn last night. Quinn, who will coach Team Canada at the upcoming world junior championship, lives in the Vancouver area.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE

"I don't need a statue built of me if we win the Stanley Cup. I don't relish walking around Toronto being slapped on the back. If we won the Cup, I would touch my dad and my uncle's names, then get out of Dodge."

-- Leafs coach Ron Wilson

TROOP MOVEMENTS

Forward Jiri Tlusty was sent to Winnipeg yesterday afternoon to join the Marlies, who are in Manitoba to play the AHL Moose. "He needs playing time. And with John Mitchell almost ready to return, this was the best thing for him," Wilson said. " Mitchell, who has been out with a shoulder injury, is expected to return against the Boston Bruins Monday at the Air Canada Centre.

ROBERTO'S ROLL

The Maple Leafs face off against a Vancouver Canucks team today that has allowed just one goal in its past four outings, thanks to the stellar work of all-star goalie Roberto Luongo.


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