Issue comes to an Ed

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

The idea of possibly facing Ed Belfour tonight was met with different reactions from some of the Maple Leafs yesterday.

"It would be fun," centre Matt Stajan said. "I think Eddie would want to play. Do we want to play him? I don't know. We'll see him some time this year and it will be a good test. I think he is going to have a lot to prove especially after the way the team bought out his contract. Maybe he will want to give it back to us a little bit.

"But we have to make sure we get traffic in front of him, because what he can't see, he can't stop."

Belfour, who spent three seasons in a Leafs uniform but won just nine of 20 playoff starts, became an unrestricted free agent this summer after the Leafs paid him $1.5 million US to go away. He signed with Florida late in July after flirting with the Detroit Red Wings.

"I have no preference (whether Belfour starts tonight)," Darcy Tucker said. "We just want to play and not concern ourselves with anything else, just find a way to get two points."

The Leafs were 4-0 against Florida last season.

WHERE'S BRYAN?

Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe received a giant new contract in the off-season thanks in part for his ability to help quarterback the power play. But in three games, McCabe has just one assist.

Something for the Leafs to deal with is the fact the opposition has been taking away McCabe's ability to shoot from the blue line by sticking close to him. Coach Paul Maurice is not too concerned.

"They are in Bryan's shooting lane, but that's opening up more ice for everyone else," Maurice said. "Darcy has two goals, (Kyle Wellwood) has five assists and Mats (Sundin) is teeing them up like a madman. At some point they will respect the other shooters and Bryan will get the shot back. Hopefully we can expose the people they leave open."

LOTS OF WORK

Goalie Andrew Raycroft has not been told when he will get relief from starting a game, but knows he can't play them all.

"We have to keep everybody in it," said Raycroft, who has been sharp so far. "You want everybody to play and you just go with the flow."


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