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MarliesTORONTO -- Went to Florida's practice just outside of downtown Toronto; held at the Ricoh Coliseum, home to the AHL's Toronto Marlins.

Don't know why they are called the Marlins, but word is the junior team here is called the Marlboros, and I guess being named after a Florida fish is better than being called a cigarette.

Truth is, I don't know what a Marlie is, just assumed they misspelled Marlins is all. So I'm sticking with that and ignoring that Marlboro is a name synonymous with English nobility. And good, light tasting cigarettes with less tar and nicotine than the other leading brand!

Some news came out of the session; Branislav Mezei is back in the lineup tomorrow against the Leaves, replacing the injured Noah Welch. According to JM, Welch is flying back to SFla today to be looked at by team doctors. Welch has a dislocated shoulder suffered when he hit the ice after throwing down in Tuesday's victory at Montreal.

JM does not know how long Welch is going to be out.

-- JM adds Steve Montador will probably not play on this trip despite Monty's claims of being 100 percent. JM says look for Montador to come back from his knee injury Wednesday against the high-flying Phlyers.

-- Tomas Vokoun took the day off after making 36 saves and beating the Habs. Lazy.

-- Speaking of Philadelphia, that 4-0 loss last night was indeed Bob Hartley's final game as coach of the Thrashers. JM says the firing of his fellow divisional coach is disappointing, yet part of the game. Hartley apparently wasn't very popular with his players, with some whispers that this Atlanta team was tanking it to get Hartley canned. Don't know if I believe that; I do think ATL is better than they've shown, but I picked them to finish fifth in the SE for a reason.

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