Though Phil Kessel would like to have younger brother Blake in the Leafs organization, it doesn't appear that will happen, at least this season.

Blake worked out informally with Phil and other home-sticking Leafs this past summer and his name has popped up with the Orlando Solar Bears, the East Coast Hockey League team with which the Leafs and Minnesota Wild share an affiliation. But Blake is a defenceman and the Leafs have a full contingent on the Marlies and also the Bears, where they sent Dylan Yeo and Zach Yuen after the farm team's training camp.

A mid-round pick of the Islanders in 2007, Blake's connection to the Bears is coach Vince Williams, who was with him with Trenton of the ECHL.