Roster at full strength soon

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

Injured Maple Leafs Nik Antropov and Mariusz Czerkawski both figure they should be ready to return to the lineup at the Air Canada Centre Tuesday night versus the Washington Capitals.

Antropov has been out because of a knee injury and Czerkawski has had a sore shoulder. On top of recovering to complete physical health, Antropov has been dealing mentally with the recent death of his father, Alexander.

"It's a difficult time, but it is my job to be here and work, that's what I get paid for," Antropov said. "I have to reset my mind and just focus on hockey."

Centre Clarke Wilm missed last night's game because of a bruised foot, which was hit by a slapshot from Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. Wilm did participate in the pre-game warmup and could be ready to play tonight against the Washington Capitals tonight or Tuesday. Once all three return, and as long as there are no further injuries, the Leafs will be one over the 23-man roster limit, and someone will have to be sent to the Toronto Marlies.

Though Kyle Wellwood might be the easiest to send down because of his contract status, he does not deserve it. Nathan Perrott is another possibility.

GRAHAME GETS IT

Tampa Bay Lighting goalie John Grahame is enjoying his role as the No. 1 netminder in Tampa.

Grahame took over after Nikolai Khabibulin left to join the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent.

"It's great and it's 100% everything I thought it would be," Grahame said. "You have to take the good with the bad. But it's nice to go out and prove yourself and just get into a rhythm."

Grahame has been learning to forget about bad outings as quickly as possible.

"If you are going to dwell on it, it will kill you in the end," the 30-year-old Denver native said. "You have to have a short-term memory."

Grahame's father, Ron, played four seasons in the NHL. Grahame shares one rare hockey achievement with his mother, Charlotte. Like her son, she has her name engraved on the Stanley Cup. John won in 2004 with the Lightning and his mother, who works for the Colorado Avalanche, had the honour bestowed in 2001.


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