Visor debate is on again

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

General manager John Ferguson never played in the National Hockey League and was not about to order his players to don facial protection in the wake of the Mats Sundin eye injury.

But he also has watched three of his players -- Darcy Tucker, Owen Nolan and now captain Sundin -- suffer near-serious wounds around their eyes since he arrived here in the summer of 2003.

"We certainly encourage any who wish to use a visor to put it on, absolutely, encourage them to do so," Ferguson said. "There is an aspect to personal choice and visibility and how we best sell our product without visors (meaning better marketing of a star player whose face is visible to cameras).

"But then obviously when players do get that injury, we don't have the benefit of having Mats in the lineup."

NO VITAMIN C SHOT

The Leafs won't have anyone wearing Sundin's 'C' during his recuperation.

Alternates Bryan McCabe and Tomas Kaberle will be joined by a third alternate, possibly Eric Lindros.

DEFENCE NEVER RESTS

Kaberle didn't look too winded yesterday for a man who played more than 30 minutes of Wednesday's 65-minute marathon against the Ottawa Senators. Right behind him was partner McCabe with 29 minutes and change.

The duo received the bulk of power-play time as coach Pat Quinn used rookies Carlo Colaiacovo and Andy Wozniewski sparingly.

"I'm sure I played 30 or 35 minutes at home (with his club team Klasdno in the Czech Republic), but not for as many games as we have here," Kaberle said.

Kaberle follows a strict recovery routine after long nights at the office.

"I usually sleep very well, but the next day after lunch will be the time I relax the most. That's the key. Then have a good meal the night before and be ready for the next game."

POWER SWITCH STILL OFF

Though the Leafs had one first-period power-play goal by McCabe, they missed a total of 10 against the Senators.

"We probably tried to over-pass a bit and the shots we took weren't hitting the net," Quinn said. "Maybe they were trying to pick corners and that's fine, but our power play was in position to do a bit more."


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