Maple Leafs fans will get another glimpse at the future tomorrow night in Buffalo as Joe Colborne has been called up from the AHL Marlies to replace injured Mikhail Grabovski.
Colborne, the big 22-year-old center acquired from Boston in last year’s Tomas Kaberle trade, has already played nine games with the Leafs this season, scoring once and adding three assists.
A 16th overall pick in 2008, Colborne is seen by the Leafs as a future top-six center in the NHL. Toronto already has four centers — Grabovski, Tyler Bozak, Tim Connolly and Matthew Lombardi — under contract for 2012-13. So if Colborne becomes a full-timer NHLer next season — and it’s probably time for that to happen — GM Brian Burke might have to make a move.
Colborne has 16 goals and 21 assists in 60 games with the Marlies.
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The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.