Light schedule a concern

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

The Maple Leafs have hit a dry spell in their schedule and coach Pat Quinn acknowledged yesterday he's going to have to do some creative juggling with his goalies.

After a stretch in which they played six games in nine nights, ending with their match against the San Jose Sharks last night, the Leafs play three games in the next 13 nights.

Quinn does not want Mikael Tellqvist to get cold but has not approached Ed Belfour with the idea of possibly having a week off if Tellqvist plays.

"We're going to have to give some real thought to how we do this," Quinn said. "I don't want (Tellqvist) sitting out for two weeks. He is in a groove right now.

"(Maybe a week off) would be good for Ed."

The Leafs play host to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, the Dallas Stars on Saturday and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Dec. 12 before playing in Ottawa against the Senators on Dec. 17.

KRONWALL CLOSER

Rookie defenceman Staffan Kronwall, who did not make the three-game trip to the southeast U.S. last week because of a knee strain, did not sit around twiddling his thumbs in Toronto.

Kronwall said he underwent laser treatment and acupuncture, saw a chiropractor and iced his knee while his teammates were away. That's when he was not riding the bike.

Kronwall, who was injured last Saturday in a game against Montreal, expected to start skating today or tomorrow and is targeting the game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday for his return.

"I have been improving every day through the whole week,"Kronwall said. "I feel pretty good now."

OVER TO YOU, JOE

Last night marked the first time Alyn McCauley played in Toronto since the Leafs traded him to the Sharks on March 5, 2003 with Brad Boyes and a first-rounder for Owen Nolan. McCauley is the only one of the three left with the club that acquired him in that deal.

But McCauley expected the spotlight to be on another Shark, Joe Thornton.

"When we were skating around (in Buffalo on Friday night), I said to Joe: 'Yeah, you know what, now I won't have all the heat on me,' " McCauley said. "It's going to be the Big Joe Show."


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