Tellqvist having a tough time

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

Perhaps it's lucky for the Leafs that Jean-Sebastien Aubin is on such a tear, as Mikael Tellqvist isn't 100% healthy.

Tellqvist has spent his time in purgatory since the back-to-back losses in Montreal trying to overcome what he terms a "lower-body injury."

"I don't want to say much about it now," Tellqvist said earlier this week after practice. "If I had to play, I could. But it's something I'll get checked out after the season."

If the Leafs are eliminated by next week and Tellqvist's problem is serious, he might have to turn down an expected invitation to play for Sweden at the world championships in Latvia next month.

Coach Pat Quinn hopes Tellqvist doesn't stay in a funk about Aubin taking his job.

"How do you predict something like this was going to happen?," Quinn said. "We slipped (in Montreal), we tried another goaltender and all of a sudden, we're on a streak. I think Mikael understands that we're going with the guy who is hot and it could have just as easily been him.

"Mikael will be a good player and it's no reflection on him that Aubin is doing well."

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Aubin's determined bid to get a one-year contract from the Leafs brought back some vivid memories for Quinn, who had to fight hard for the opportunity to stay in the NHL with Punch Imlach's Leafs in the late 1960s.

"The one-year deal where you lined up in the hall at training camp," Quinn said with a laugh. "J.S. will have to grind every day to do the job he loves."

The $525,000 US one-way pact was agreed to before the Panthers lit Aubin up for five goals on Tuesday.

"If we'd lost, it probably would've let the air out of his balloon a bit," Quinn said. "He wasn't as sharp as he was in other games, but that's probably the most games he has played in a row in a long time."

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Toronto players will have pink ribbon decals on their helmets for Saturday's game against the Ottawa Senators in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Leafs' wives and partners will distribute 20,000 pink ribbons to the crowd and collect donations. The helmets will be auctioned on-line.


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