Maple Leafs Watch

TERRY KOSHAN and MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:54 PM ET


 NOLAN DENIES SURGERY NEEDED

 If Owen Nolan requires surgery on his right knee when the Maple Leafs season ends, it's news to him.

 Nolan flatly denied after the morning skate yesterday the speculation that he will have an operation during the off-season.

 "When the season is over, we will discuss (the extent of his knee injury)," Nolan said. "It's feeling pretty good. There are some moves out there that still aggravate the knee when I turn a certain way, but as far as my strength goes, it is starting to come back."

 Unlike captain Mats Sundin, who returned last night after missing four games with a leg injury, Nolan is not quite close to getting back in action.

 Nolan was injured in a game against the Ottawa Senators on March 27 and has missed the past 12 games.

 He said he will not be playing in Game 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday and has no return date in mind, but remains hopeful he will dress against the Flyers sometime.

 "I have lost a lot of muscle (in his leg)," said Nolan, one of the last Leafs off the ice yesterday.

 "Endurance (is an issue) from sitting out so long, I'm trying to build up the stamina and get rid of the swelling and pain. It is a bit of everything right now."

 HAMMING IT UP

 Tell us if you've heard this before.

 It's playoff time, Mikael Renberg's hamstring is acting up again.

 He skated yesterday and plans on participating in a full practice today.

 Yet when asked if there is a possibility that he might be healed in time to make an appearance in this series he shrugged his shoulders and said "I don't know."

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 MAPLE LEAFS INJURIES

 JOE NIEUWENDYK

 Back, day to day

 MIKAEL RENBERG

 Hamstring, day to day

 OWEN NOLAN

 Right knee, out indefinitely


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