You wanted it, you got it.
Those Maple Leaf fans who have been clamouring for callups from the Marlies to come and rescue the four-win parent club got their wish today when forward Christian Hanson was recalled.
That said, the nature of the callup isn't exactly what many wanted. Their fervent wish was that some big money player (Jason Blake) or underachiever (take your pick) would be punished with a demotion, and one of Hanson, Tyler Bozak or Viktor Stalberg would get the call.
The 23-year-old Hanson, however, is being recalled because of a knee injury suffered by centre John Mitchell in Monday's loss to the Islanders, an injury that will put Mitchell on the shelf for six weeks.
Lousy break there. Mitchell, 24, is in a contract year and wasn't exactly burning up the league with two goals in 22 games. He's a confounding youngster, a kid who shows impressive flashes from time to time but is maddeningly inconsistent and doesn't seem to react favourably when given a chance in a prime time role.
The Leafs went into the season a little worried that a breakout year from Mitchell might make him a target of an offer sheet next summer.
That's not likely now.
Hanson, meanwhile, has been impressive in the AHL, with 18 points in 18 games. However, as seen with Jiri (Yo-Yo) Tlustly, success in that league doesn't necessarily translate to the bigs.
Hanson, a centre with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last year, has been playing mostly right wing for Dallas Eakins at the Ricoh Centre except for taking some draws on the penalty killing unit. That he was recalled instead of pivot Tyler Bozak is either evidence that the Leafs may want to try him in the middle or that there's a determination to promote based on quality of play, regardless of position.
Hanson has outplayed Bozak, who has missed time recently with the flu.
Mitchell's loss leaves the Leafs with Matt Stajan, Mikhail Grabovski, Wayne Primeau and Rickard Wallin up the middle. GM Brian Burke has also suggested he'd like to see Phil Kessel play a little centre, as well.
The danger for the Leafs, meanwhile, is that after a very healthy opening 15 games, injuries are starting to mount. Mike Van Ryn is gone for the season, Mike Komisarek hasn't returned yet, Vesa Toskala's groin is acting up again - enough to force the recall of Joey MacDonald today - and now Mitchell is out.
The last thing these Leafs can afford is a big bite into their depth chart.