Belfour on the mend

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

The road to recovery figures to be a long one for Ed Belfour, Carlo Colaiacovo and Andy Wozniewski.

Belfour, 40, was in Los Angeles yesterday undergoing successful back surgery on a herniated disc. He is expected to begin rehab next week when he arrives back in Toronto.

Belfour plans to return to the NHL next season after an estimated three-month recovery over the summer. His agent, Ron Salcer, said last week there have been no talks concerning a contract extension with the Leafs, who must give the goalie a $1.5 million US kiss off if they decline his option for 2006-07.

Meanwhile, a pair of familiar faces dragged their bruised bodies to the Air Canada Centre yesterday morning.

Like Belfour, the injured Colaiacovo and Wozniewski likely have played their final games of the 2005-06 campaign.

At least Colaiacovo received some optimistic news late last week when he was cleared to begin light workouts by renowned concussion specialist Dr. Karen Johnston of Montreal.

"I've started riding the (stationary) bike a little bit and it has been great," he said."There is no timetable. Just being able to do anything has been a relief, really.

Wozniewski has not played since injuring his shoulder during a game against the Ottawa Senators on March 4.

"It's coming along slowly," Wozniewski said. "I don't have full range of motion yet, so it is going to take some time."

With Nik Antropov returning from a bout with the flu, John Pohl was returned to the Marlies.

JERSEY AUCTION

The Marlies will hold a hockey equipment sale Sunday at the Ricoh Coliseum.

During the sale of a wide variety of Leafs and Marlies hockey equipment, three game-worn St.John's Maple Leafs jerseys will be up for grabs in a silent auction. The jerseys, which belonged to Kyle Wellwood, Matt Stajan and current Marlies captain Marc Moro, have each been signed by the player and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity.

The sale will be held in Marlies Alley at Ricoh Coliseum at 3 p.m. with access limited to those who hold tickets to the Marlies-Syracuse game later that afternoon.

All proceeds from the silent-action jersey sale will go toward Special Olympics.


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