McCabe going to Turin

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

A conference call between Team Canada officials yesterday confirmed that the Maple Leafs' Bryan McCabe, health permitting, will join the 23-man Olympic roster from the taxi squad.

Team Canada has held off on making an official announcement because the brass wants to see how McCabe holds up after missing nine games with a groin injury. McCabe has played just one game since his return, logging almost 30 minutes in the Leafs' 3-2 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

While McCabe will fill the spot vacated by Ed Jovanovski, who is scheduled to undergo abdominal surgery, the Canadian staff continues to wait on a decision by Scott Niedermayer, who is toying with the prospect of pulling out to have an operation on his knee.

Officials also discussed who will take McCabe's spot on the taxi squad.

The Leafs were given a day off yesterday to soak up the Florida sun, golf, fish or just veg by the pool. The two days between games are a welcome relief for McCabe.

"Being winded was not an issue -- I wasn't," he said of the game against the Lightning. "Even when I was hurt I pretty much was able to do everything I normally do in the gym.

"The timing and the speed were another thing. Obviously practice is a lot different than playing in the games.

"The timing is a little off, but my body felt like it was 100%."

REBOUNDING EAGLE

Quinn took a risk by playing the slumping Ed Belfour in back-to-back games in Florida and was rewarded when the Leafs left the Sunshine state with three of a possible four points.

Belfour stopped 68 of 72 shots on the swing through the southern U.S., although he did look shaky in allowing shootout goals to Vinny Lecavalier and Brad Richards Tuesday night.

"He has been in control," Quinn said of Belfour. "Then again, we've come to expect that kind of play of him. That's why over his career he has been considered one of the best.

Given the fact that the Leafs have back-to-back games tomorrow and Saturday, don't be surprised to see Mikael Tellqvist get one of those starts.


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