You would think hard-luck forward Eric Lindros would not need any more time off.
But the upcoming Olympic break might be just what the doctor(s) ordered for the Big E and his ailing wrist.
The Maple Leafs will not practice again until Feb. 22, at which time Lindros hopes to test the wrist again. The Leafs next game is Feb. 28 against the Washington Capitals.
Lindros refused to make any guarantees when asked when or if he'd be back. But he did offer the following nugget of information.
"Best case scenario -- I'd hope to be back for Feb. 28," he said.
"We'll have to see how things go over the next week."
Lindros continued to stick handle with one hand during the morning skate yesterday.
Meanwhile, don't be surprised if young defencemen Jay Harrison and Andy Wozniewski are returned to the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies in the coming days while the Leafs are off.
HITTING THE LINKS
Those Maple Leafs not going to Turin will have a lot of free time on their hands in the coming days.
While a number of vacations to the sunny south are planned, forward Jeff O'Neill could be in for the golf round of a lifetime.
O'Neill recently got a call from a friend who has a good shot at getting a tee time for the King City native at the famed Augusta National, home of the Masters.
"The best course I've ever played at is probably TPC at Sawgrass," O'Neill said, referring to the course where the Players Championship is held every year. "But this would top everything."
Friends became foes in the Leafs dressing room last night.
Six Leafs will square off later this week at the Olympics in Turin.
The list includes defenceman Bryan McCabe (Canada), forward Mats Sundin and goalie Mikael Tellqvist (Sweden), defenceman AKi Berg (Finland), defenceman Tomas Kaberle (Czech Republic) and forward Nik Antropov (Kazakhstan).
Behind the Canadian bench will be coach Pat Quinn.
"If I weren't going to the Olympics, I'd love to stay back here and work with our guys on some much needed things," said Quinn, obviously perturbed by back-to-back 4-2 losses to the New York Rangers.