Belak puts on kid gloves

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

Wade Belak is used to carrying a hockey stick, now he gingerly manoeuvres around his Toronto home with 31/2 month old daughter Andie in his arms.

"I get to be with her more than if I were playing, but it still gets boring for me without hockey," Belak said yesterday.

The defenceman is getting the same vibe from talking to many Maple Leafs and National Hockey Leaguers as the lockout enters its 44th day.

"There was just (Los Angeles Kings) Jeff Cowan and I working out today with a Jr. A goalie in Oakville ... it's hard to get ice."

Here's what the Leafs are up to at the moment, with their 2004-05 salaries in US dollars in parentheses:

Goaltenders

ED BELFOUR ($6 MILLION)

Location: Recovering from back surgery in the Toronto area and watching his son Dayn play goal for Streetville Jr. A.

MIKAEL TELLQVIST ($500,000)

Location: As of yesterday, had a 2.15 goals-against average and a record of 2-3-1 as the No. 1 stopper in St. John's.

Defencemen

WADE BELAK ($1 MILLION)

Location: Doing home improvements, filled in some time with the Original Stars League.

AKI BERG ($1.4 MILLION)

Location: Playing for a club team in Timra, Sweden.

TOMAS KABERLE ($2.93 MILLION)

Location: Joined brother Frantisek on Kladno of the Czech League.

KEN KLEE ($2.5 MILLION)

Location: Spending time with his wife and two boys in the Denver area.

BRIAN LEETCH ($6.4 MILLION)

Location: Spending time at his off-season home in Cape Cod, Mass., with his family.

BRYAN MARCHMENT (FREE AGENT)

Location: Working at his Toronto business re-fitting trucks.

BRYAN McCABE ($4.45 MILLION)

Location: Leaf player rep has been travelling between Toronto, Calgary and Long Island, is talking to a Swedish team about a job.

KAREL PILAR ($525,000)

Location: Playing at home for Sparta Prague.

Forwards

NIK ANTROPOV ($1.325 MILLION)

Location: Is expected to join the Ak Bars Kazan in Russia.

HAROLD DRUKEN ($400,000)

Location: Broke out of a slump his two goals for St. John's this week.

TIE DOMI ($1.9 MILLION)

Location: Having recovered from hip surgery, he's now having work done on the left hand he broke in the playoffs.

CHAD KILGER ($800,000)

Location: Working out with a Tier II team in Cornwall.

ALEX MOGILNY ($5.5 MILLION)

Location: Has split time between the west coast and his Toronto home, where his son plays hockey.

JOE NIEUWENDYK ($3 MILLION)

Location: Is at his cottage in Ithaca, NY.

NATHAN PERROTT ($400,000)

Location: Three points in six games with St. John's.

ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY (FREE AGENT)

Location: Is home in the Ukraine, deciding whether he'll play for a team in the area.

GARY ROBERTS ($3.75 MILLION)

Location: Running his downtown Toronto gym.

MATT STAJAN ($950,000)

Location: Has five points in seven games with the Baby Leafs.

MATS SUNDIN ($9 MILLION)

Location: Has been in the Toronto area, but will soon begin serious training for December's IMG tour of Europe.

DARCY TUCKER ($2.1 MILLION)

Location: Staying in his family home north of the city.

CLARKE WILM ($450,000)

Location: He's pointless in seven games with the Baby Leafs.


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