Christian Hanson Has Recipe For Success With Maple Leafs

November 25th, 2009 by Derek Harmsworth Leave a reply »
As expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs began to make a few roster changes earlier this week.  And while it’s obvious that they were made mostly out of necessity due to injuries, fact is—while you never want to see a player hurt—this opportunity may be a blessing in disguise for most all involved.

Vesa Toskala has gone back to the IR, and John Mitchell has joined him there.  Both appear to have lower body injuries.

Toskala, who had been turning his season around a little bit, seems to have once again aggravated his consistently wonky groin, while John Mitchell, who has struggled a little in his sophomore season, appeared to damage his MCL when he collided with the boards Monday night.

For the part of backup goaltender, the Leafs have recalled Joey MacDonald.  A member of the Toronto Marlies, MacDonald was good in games this pre-season, as well as in the regular season with Toronto in October.  It is expected, however, that Ron Wilson will ride Jonas Gustavsson and give him the bulk of the starts in Toskala’s absence.

Replacing Mitchell will be Christian Hanson.  His story of course well d ...

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