Kaberle's groin a real pain

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Tomas Kaberle has become the second casualty of training camp, though he's not as bad off as fellow defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo.

Kaberle, the Leafs' top defenceman, was kept out of yesterday's workouts with what coach Paul Maurice described as "a minor groin strain."

"We're being very cautious, more than cautious," Maurice said, adding that Kaberle's fitness scores at the start of camp were very impressive and did not indicate the injury was the result of being out of shape.

Kaberle likely suffered the injury in Sunday's Blue and White game. He didn't play against Buffalo on Monday and won't be making the trip to Ottawa this morning, though Maurice didn't rule him out of participating in practice with those players not going to Ottawa.

Colaiacovo remains out of the lineup, undergoing tests for headaches he experienced on Friday's first day of intense workouts.

Colaiacovo might be having recurring post concussion syndrome.

AXE ACTION

The first round of camp cuts should come after Sunday's game in Halifax against the Senators.

More than 40 remain in the main camp.

"We have three games coming up, you'll see a little movement later this week and more after this weekend," general manager John Ferguson said yesterday.

Unsigned junior defenceman Phil Oreskovic likely will be returned to Brampton of the OHL. Maurice wants a more workable number for single practice purposes as soon as possible.

"After Halifax, we'll have to take it down to the mid to high 20s," he said, aiming for a 23-man roster on opening night.

TAMING THE ZEBRAS

One small positive to glean from Monday's 4-0 loss to the Sabres came after the Leafs first penalty of the game, a goaltending interference call against rookie Jiri Tlusty.

"The referee came over and apologized that he made a mistake on the call," Maurice said.

"Tlusty went into the goalie (accidentally) and that was fine."

It's hard to imagine former coach Pat Quinn taking such a reversal so graciously.

The Leafs are hoping to improve what has been a very antagonistic relationship with the striped shirts.


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