Tellqvist on injured reserve

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

The farm continues to be a dangerous place for the Maple Leafs.

A club official confirmed yesterday that goaltender Mikael Tellqvist went on the injured reserve list Saturday night at the very moment his two-week conditioning stint with the Marlies ended.

The severity of the injury is not known, but Tellqvist continues to be a nagging problem for Leafs general manager John Ferguson, who has been unable to trade the 27-year-old career backup.

DEAL WITH INJURED 'D'

Defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo was with the Marlies trying to get back in playing shape from training camp headaches -- and doing quite well -- until fracturing a finger.

Coach Paul Maurice did have more encouraging news yesterday about Pavel Kubina and Staffan Kronwall, who are getting close to skating with the Leafs from leg and ankle injuries, respectively.

OFF THE MENU

The shootout goals by Tomas Kaberle and Kyle Wellwood on Saturday in Montreal gave Maurice more incentive to try new players in the club's shootout order. Players such as Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker and Alexei Ponikarovsky have hit a wall. The Leafs are 2-3 in shootouts this season.

"Tomas had scored three in the game, so how could you not use him?" Maurice asked. "After he found out he was going, he was smiling and looking forward to it. That's what you want to see, someone who is (relaxed).

"And every time I look down the bench (during a shootout), I see Brendan Bell looking at me and wanting to go in."

WOULD YOU BELIEVE?

Kaberle was one of the last Leafs to change from a wood stick to a composite model a few years ago.

"I'm an old-school guy," Kaberle said. "Whenever they make new equipment, I'm the last to try it, until they don't make the old stuff anymore."

But Kaberle said his first career hat trick will not see him start shooting recklessly, even though fans often shout in unison for him to unload and forsake his passion to pass.

"People might not see it, but many times there is a man between me and the net and it's a better play to pass," he said.


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