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Toronto also has a handful of new players, including James van Riemsdyk, acquired in a draft-day trade with the Philadelphia Flyers. Crabb said the turnover didn’t really surprise him.

“I was surprised when Burke got fired, obviously,” Crabb said. “[The Maple Leafs] didn’t make the playoffs; [they are] the only team that hasn’t made the playoffs since the last lockout.”

Ice chips

• Forward Brooks Laich could skate with the Caps on Thursday in Toronto. He has not played this season as he tries to get back from a groin injury. 

• The team had a full day off Wednesday. The new collective bargaining agreement requires two home and two road days off per month.