It wasn't a paper airplane -- after all it's only a few blocks between the ACC, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Ricoh Coliseum, home of the Leafs' AHL farm club -- but it appears to have been a paper shuffle that moved Colin Greening back and forth over the last 24 hours.
On Sunday, the Leafs had assigned the 29-year-old winger from St. John's to the AHL Marlies, but earlier today, he was practising with the NHL team. It appears the transactions involving Greening may have been part of a larger series of somewhat complicated moves between the Leafs and Marlies, including the big club's recall of prized prospects William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen from the farm team.
Adding to the intrigue is the need to have players on AHL rosters by 4:30 p.m. today to make them eligible for the Calder Cup playoffs, although emergency recalls (to fill out NHL lineups when injuries bring them below a minimum) may also come into effect.
Greening had a goal and two assists in eight games with Toronto after he was acquired from the Ottawa Senators as part of the trade that sent Dion Phaneuf to the Sens.
Greening is operating on a one-way contract that pays him 2.75 million this season. After that, there is a year left on the deal with a $3.2 million salary in 2016-17.