Leafs recall forward Kapanen from Marlies, loan forward Fehr to AHL team
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TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs made a couple of roster moves ahead of their Saturday night game against Philadelphia, recalling forward Kasperi Kapanen from the American Hockey League's Marlies and loaning forward Eric Fehr to the AHL.
Kapanen has appeared in six games with the Marlies this season, scoring three goals. The 21-year-old recorded 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 43 games with the Marlies last season and had an additional eight points in nine Calder Cup playoff games.
Kapanen played in eight regular-season games with the Maple Leafs last season and scored one goal. He added two goals in six Stanley Cup playoff games.
He was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2015.
"I felt like I had a good camp, got some confidence there and looking at the lineup, it's hard to make," Kapanen said after Saturday's morning skate. "I think I've been playing well down with the Marlies and I'm happy to be up here.
"I feel like my all-round game has been pretty solid. I haven't been scoring as many points as I want to, but I've been playing well, I've been staying positive."
Fehr, 32, has appeared in four games with the Maple Leafs this season, registering four shots on goal and two penalty minutes.
Fehr played one game with the Maple Leafs before sustaining an upper-body injury last year and missed the remainder of the season. He had six goals and five assists for 11 points in 52 games with Pittsburgh before being acquired by Toronto in a trade last March.
Leafs coach Mike Babcock also announced that James van Riemsdyk and Matt Martin would sit out Saturday night's game with injuries. He expects both to return for Toronto's next game, in San Jose on Monday.