The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Korbinian Holzer on Sunday and returned forward Ryan Hamilton to the Toronto Marlies. Unfortunately for Hamilton he was only able to skate in one game for the Leafs and his size and net presence is something that may prove valuable later on in the season. With Clarke MacArthur close to returning from an injured finger and Mike Brown cleared for practice, Hamilton was the odd man out.
Holzer has been brought up because Carl Gunnarsson had to leave Saturday’s morning skate with a groin injury. Apparently Gunnarsson has been dealing with the issue since training camp and he was forced to sit out the game against the Boston Bruins because of it. Holzer has played in just three career NHL games for the Leafs and has yet to record a point.
There is no word yet on how serious the injury is, but what once looked like a source of strength for the Leafs, is now quickly becoming a very thin blue line. Jake Gardiner remains with the Marlies to work on his conditioning and Mike Kostka, Mark Fraser, and Holzer are relatively inexperienced. This probably means, dare I say it, more playing time for Mike Komisarek.