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Leafs waive Smithson

Dec 4, 2013, 12:31 PM EST

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After a 13-game audition with Toronto, Jerred Smithson could be on his way out of town.

The veteran center was placed on waivers Wednesday, the Maple Leafs announced. Head coach Randy Carlyle was blunt in both his assessment of and reasoning behind the move.

“We felt we have players ahead of him,” Carlyle said, as per Sportsnet’s Fan 590. “Simple as that.”

Smithson, 34, signed with the Leafs in early November after a successful tryout with the AHL Marlies. Toronto was dealing with major issues at the center position at the time of the deal — Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland were both out of action — and Smithson went on to appear in 13 games for Toronto, failing to register a point while averaging 10:20 TOI per game.

Putting Smithson on waivers is somewhat surprising, given Bozak suffered another injury during Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to San Jose. Bozak is expected to undergo an MRI today and if he’s unable to play, the Leafs would be left with Nazem Kadri, Trevor Smith, Peter Holland and Jay McClement as its top four centers.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Changing the topic slightly. The Leafs should never have let Rob Ford wear a Leafs jersey at last nights game. Whenever he wears a team jersey, he jinxes the team. He wore an Argos jersey to the playoff game that they lost to Hamilton. He wore a Bills jersey and they lost to Atlanta. By contrast, he did not go to the Santa Claus parade (the parade organizers asked him to stay away) and the forecast rain did not occur. The next time he shows up at a Leafs game wearing a Leafs jersey, he should be forced to remove it before he is allowed to take a seat.

    • sfp311 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Even more off-topic, how do you manage to keep up with everything on HBT last night and this? Bravo proudly, bravo.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        A touch of insomnia last night.

    • gregman98 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      The only reason it didn’t rain at the Xmas Parade is because Ron Ford doesn’t own a Santa jersey.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        He is fat enough to play Santa but is a Grinch at heart (assuming he has a heart)..

    • c9castine - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      hey, PROUDLYCANADIAN(?!)….i might worry more about getting the crackhead out of office before i worried about keeping him from wearing your favorite teams jersey.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        His powers as Mayor have been effectively castrated by City Council.

  2. muckleflugga - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    i quit watching the national for rob ford updates…leno and letterman among the many have all the hoot by hoot accounts

    tres poosay

    i never had any idea until today, rob ford owns the leaf’s forty six year lament

    let’s all laugh at toronto, ottawa’s too easy

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