With several players on the limp, Toronto made a pair of recalls on Monday by bringing up defenseman Korbinian Holzer and forward David Booth from the Marlies.
Holzer, 26, is back in the mix following Roman Polak’s injury on Saturday against Detroit. While it’s not known exactly what’s ailing Polak, Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said the Czech rearguard would “be out for a while” after getting tangled with Tomas Tatar.
Holzer has 24 games of NHL experience on his resume, but has yet to play for the Leafs this season.
As for Booth, he’ll look to debut this week after missing all of the season with a broken foot suffered during the exhibition campaign. The 30-year-old, who inked a one-year deal this summer after spending the last few years in Vancouver, heads back to Toronto after a successful conditioning stint with the Marlies, in which he scored once in two games.
The Leafs have been thinned-out up front with injuries to Joffrey Lupul and Brandon Kozun, along with the suspension to Carter Ashton.
As for Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh, the likely candidates to come out for Booth would be either Richard Panik or Josh Leivo, both of whom got less than seven minutes of ice against the Red Wings on Saturday.