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Vesa Toskala looks up at the Madison Square Garden game clock during the Maple Leafs' 7-2 loss Monday night to the New York Rangers. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)
Vesa Toskala looks up at the Madison Square Garden game clock during the Maple Leafs' 7-2 loss Monday night to the New York Rangers. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)

Toskala, Mitchell head to IR Add to ...

The anticipated roster overhaul will have to wait, but general manager Brian Burke did some tinkering to his last-place Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

With both centre John Mitchell (knee) and netminder Vesa Toskala (groin) hurt in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Monday, the Leafs placed the pair on injured reserve and recalled goalie Joey MacDonald from the minor-league Marlies. The Marlies' leading scorer, Christian Hanson, who has eight goals and 18 points in 18 games in the AHL, was promoted.

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Placed on waivers, meanwhile, was little-used tough guy Jay Rosehill, who had just returned from a two-week conditioning stint with the AHL team.

After an afternoon practice in Toronto, the Leafs boarded a plane Tuesday for a two-game road trip beginning Wednesday in Tampa Bay against the Lightning.

Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said Mitchell's injury was the more serious of the two.

"Vesa ­- it's a minor injury," Wilson said. "He won't come on the trip but I don't think he'll miss a lot of time. Mitchie's probably going to miss somewhere up to six weeks.

"We're going to be bringing someone up from the minors and we'll get one of our young guys in [Mitchell's spot] We'll go from there."



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