Mates to Mats: Go golfing

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

Mats Sundin was given a special gift from his teammates last night for reaching 500 NHL goals, but hopes he doesn't get a chance to use it until late June.

The Leafs presented him with an all-inclusive golf trip for four to Ireland, while alternate captains Tomas Kaberle, Bryan McCabe and Darcy Tucker gave him the stick, puck and official game sheet from his historic marker against Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff.

An avid golfer, Sundin has played major courses throughout Europe.

BLUE CROSS FILE

Centre Mike Peca returned last night from a one-game absence because of a hip flexor injury, and more healthy Leafs aren't far behind.

Forward Ben Ondrus (lower body contusion) is "close," coach Paul Maurice said yesterday, but conceded there is thought to starting Ondrus with the Marlies where he can get in game shape with up to 20 minutes a game, instead of a few shifts on the fourth line in Toronto.

Nik Antropov will travel with the team to Columbus today in order to continue getting in full team practices as he recovers from a leg injury. Defenceman Staffan Kronwall (ankle) and Andy Wozniewski (shoulder surgery) also are out.

WELCOME A-BOARD

Goaltender Andrew Raycroft has played five home games and says he's getting used to the nuances of the ice, boards and glass at his new Air Canada Centre home.

"There are still a couple of things you have to be careful of," Raycroft said. "Sometimes the puck comes out quickly off the backboard. But there are inconsistencies all over the league. In Detroit, the Red Wings take advantage of the boards and play them like a seventh man."

WELLWOOD TUNES OUT

Leafs' top scorer Kyle Wellwood swears it's true that he doesn't read newspapers, listen to radio or even own a TV and thus is immune to comments about his play, good or bad. The TV claim had writers rolling their eyes.

"I've just moved into a new place," Wellwood said. "TV is just too much of a distraction."

Wellwood does use a computer to stay informed.


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