Colaiacovo passes test

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

Maple Leafs brass was pleased with Carlo Colaiacovo's return to hockey last night.

The defenceman played for the Toronto Marlies in Hamilton against the Bulldogs and had an assist in a 5-4 win.

"He was a step ahead of a lot of guys, even with the time he missed," said Mike Penny, the Marlies general manager and assistant to Leafs John Ferguson.

"I thought he was very good. He stepped into the lineup, had a lot of ice time and came out of it perfect with no health issues," Penny said.

Colaiacovo suffered a concussion in a game against Ottawa in January last season and had not played since.

SID SAYS HE'S NO FLOPPER

Sidney Crosby brushed off Ted Nolan's comments as gamesmanship yesterday, a day after the New York Islanders' coach accused the Pittsburgh star of diving.

"I don't need to defend myself," said Crosby, who has not been called for a diving penalty this season. "My play more than shows the type of player I am. I'd be worried if I went did that, but I don't."

SKED CHANGES POSSIBLE

Schedule changes might be coming.

After receiving complaints that only one out-of-conference division visits each city each season, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league would explore possibly changing the format instituted this year.

"We're going to look at it after the season and see what changes make sense," he said.


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