Leafs centre Tim Connolly pronounced himself “day to day” at practice Tuesday, which means his playing status for Thursday’s season opener against Montreal is uncertain.
That same uncertainty extends to winger Joey Crabb, who cleared waivers yesterday but remained with the Leafs camp instead of returning to the Marlies.
At the moment, Crabb’s status appears to be tied to Connolly. If the centre, who is nursing an upper body injury, is able to play tomorrow, it’s likely Crabb returns to the minors, or becomes a healthy scratch.
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Leafs coach Ron Wilson left the impression Tuesday that his scoring line with Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul will be without Connolly.
“He told me he was doubtful after practice (today).” said Wilson.
That plan appears to be Crabb, who was one of three players (Darryl Boyce and Matt Lashoff) placed on waivers, but the only one to remain with the Leafs.
Crabb filled in the wing spot on the third line yesterday with Phillipe Dupuis and Colby Armstrong.
The Leafs have had to start the season undermanned due to injuries to Connolly and Nazem Kadri. Other players like Tyler Bozak, Kessel, Matt Lombardi, are either nursing very minor injuries, or recovering from major layoffs.
That situation has opened the door for Crabb to fill in a roster spot. For how long remains a question mark.
“They told me I’m in for now and that’s all I know,” Crabb said. “It’s tough going through the process (waivers) but I’ll go with whatever they want from me. I’m happy with any role.”