Klee keen on return

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

Five days after saying he felt like he stepped in a hole during a game against the Washington Capitals, Maple Leafs defenceman Ken Klee stepped back on the ice yesterday.

"I am looking to get in at least one game this weekend (in the Leafs' home-and-home set with the New York Rangers, starting tomorrow night in Manhattan) before we go on the (Olympic) break," Klee said.

Klee sprained his left ankle last Friday against the Caps when he twisted it in a rut. He skated with Eric Lindros (wrist) yesterday before the rest of the Leafs hit the ice for practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena, but then stayed on for another 40 minutes for a full workout.

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Although coach Pat Quinn was taken aback by Klee's progress, he cautioned against seeing the 34-year-old in the lineup against the Rangers.

"The training staff gave indications he is not expected for the weekend," Quinn said.

If Klee manages to return, either Andy Wozniewski or Jay Harrison will be sent back to the Toronto Marlies.

Harrison, who has played in just six games but is tied with Bryan McCabe and Kyle Wellwood for the team lead with a plus-5, is prepared for whatever awaits.

"If I go back to the Marlies I will be eager to take what I have learned at this high level and apply it," Harrison said.

Fellow defenceman Alexander Khavanov, who has a cracked bone in his left foot, tried to put on a skate on Tuesday but could not bear the pain. Khavanov won't be back until after the Olympics.

Quinn, meanwhile, played down a report that suggested Carlo Colaiacovo (concussion) is done for the season.

"I don't know anything about that," Quinn said.


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