Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Leafs Waive Veteran Michalek, Claim Ben Smith off Waivers from Colorado

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Leafs Waive Veteran Michalek, Claim Ben Smith off Waivers from Colorado

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Leafs waive Michalek, claim Ben Smith

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TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs placed Milan Michalek on waivers Monday and picked up veteran centre Ben Smith.

Michalek was acquired by Toronto last February in the trade which sent Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators. The 31-year-old had a goal and an assist in five games as a member of the Leafs checking unit.

Leafs coach Mike Babcock said Michalek would join the Toronto Marlies (AHL) if he cleared waivers.

Smith returns to the club after a brief stint with the Colorado Avalanche this fall. The 28-year-old joined the Leafs for 16 games last season, a spare part in the trade which sent James Reimer to San Jose.

Babcock said he thought Smith could be of help to the penalty kill as well as the faceoff circle. …

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