Leafs already falling apart

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

Barely a week into the NHL season and the Maple Leafs already have lost two prized rookies -- Viktor Stalberg (concussion) and goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) -- to injuries.

Meanwhile, prized sophomore Nik (Lulu) Kulemin can barely crack the roster and pseudo No. 1 goalie Vesa Toskala looks like he’s Finnish in this town.

Already, we can hear Don Cherry practising his anti-European rant.

Sliding Stafford

Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford might not play Sunday because of an injured right knee.

Stafford said he hurt the same knee in high school — during a freak accident on a Slip ‘N’ Slide.

Ah, the old Slip ‘N’ Slide ... an activity that the Detroit Lions have a patent on.

Chelly rolls

Chris Chelios doesn’t know when to quit.

There is speculation the 47-year-old defenceman will join the Chicago Wolves of the AHL early next week.

Chelios has played 25 seasons in the NHL.

What could possibly keep motivating him to play hockey?

Wouldn’t you love to hear him say: “I’m not retiring, because if I did I’d have to spend more time with my family.”

It’s him again

Doesn’t it feel like something has been missing from the NHL ... like a gnawing pain in your molars?

Of course, it’s Sean Avery. The New York Rangers nincompoop is set to make his season debut on Sunday after recovering from a knee sprain.

What’s in a name?

Major League Baseball needs to find a better name for its division playoff series.

ALDS sounds like some kind of rare affliction you wouldn’t even wish on A-Rod.

Speaking of ...

Usually, you can count on Alex Rodriguez tumbling during the fall.

But out of nowhere, the New York third baseman managed two run-scoring hits against the Minnesota Twins in Game 1.

And the only thing more annoying than watching A-Rod get a hit is to watch Kate Hudson get all excited because A-Rod got a hit.

Now, A.J. Burnett is due up to pitch in Game 2.

Sheesh, if he does well, too, it’s going to suck all the joy out of rooting against the Yankees in the playoffs.

Say what?

“Three years ago, I couldn’t make it up the stairs. My life could not be more different.”

Kyle Garlett, 38, preparing for the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii tomorrow.

Garlett has been diagnosed four times with cancer, had a bone-marrow transplant in 1994, had his right hip and left shoulder replaced in 2000 and had a heart transplant in 2006.

“He looked tall.”

— Keen observation by coach Rex Ryan after receiver Braylon Edwards’ first practice with his new team, the New York Jets.

Edwards is 6-foot-3.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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