MONTREAL - Colby Armstrong has a chip on his shoulder.
And really, when it comes to the Maple Leafs, who can blame him?
The Montreal Canadiens forward, injured for much of his two seasons in Toronto, happily is resuming his NHL career after the Leafs bought him out last summer.
“When I left Toronto, I still knew I could play,” Armstrong said.
“It was a tough time there, and I’m not really sure I found my spot there throughout the whole time. Missing so many games, being left out of certain situations when I was healthy, I don’t know if it was a good fit. Obviously, they felt the same way too.
“Mentally, more than anything, just battling the downs of not being involved with the team (when he was injured), the negativity you put on yourself. You can look back on that be like, hey, I made it through this, I know how to handle this a little bit better if it ever happens again. I am 30 years old and went through it at a later age. Definitely learned from it.”