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Former Avs John-Michael Liles is getting a chance at being in the Leafs lineup once again.

Maple Leafs defenceman John-Michael Liles has his work cut out for him.

After being a healthy scratch for 12 consecutive games, the diminutive D-man will have to get back to speed quickly against Sidney Crosby and the high-flying Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre.

Liles is being brought in in favour of Mike Kostka who has played in all 27 games for the Leafs this season.

The Toronto Star has an awesome story about some men who don't let age - or disease - stop them from playing the sport they fell in love with.

Oliver is one of a couple of dozen players age 70 or older who, despite age, illness and some artificial joints, show up to skate on Tuesday mornings at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md. They come for the exercise and also because it keeps them off the streets and is better for the aging process than, say, staring at shopping channels on TV.

The winner of this marvels-of-medicine sweepstakes, a dubious distinction, appears to be Frank Early, 75. He used to work high iron and has had two heart attacks and bypass surgery — and he has a lung half-lost to cancer, three back surgeries, which took some disks and about three inches of bone, a repaired rotator cuff and a missing toe. He plays defence. And as people in the game know, best not mess with Frank.

Some are cancer survivors. Several have had heart attacks and open heart surgery. At least one has a pacemaker. The number of bypassed arteries is around 20 or 25. There are several artificial knees, various arthroscopic procedures, a half-dozen repaired rotator cuffs and about a dozen stents. And there have been lots and lots of stitches.

The Winnipeg Jets are happy that the realignment was approved.

The Winnipeg Jets are officially moving west in what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman calls a “fan friendly” realignment that was approved Thursday by the league’s board of governors.

“We’re very relieved, as much as we enjoyed those trips down south,” said Jets governor Mark Chipman.

Other teams also get some of their wishes fulfilled and fans will not have to deal with as many time zone issues to watch their home teams play away games.