John Ferguson knows a decision could be looming.
When healing defenceman Pavel Kubina is activated from the injured reserve list, perhaps as early as next week, the Maple Leafs will have to make room for him on the roster.
"Speculatively, if he came off the list today, then yes, we'd have to do something," the Maple Leafs general manager said yesterday. "But five, six days down the road, let's get a feel for where we are at first."
Ian White can be returned to the Marlies without having to clear waivers, but the youngster has become a mainstay on the Toronto blue line. A more logical choice might be Jay Harrison, who has seen spot duty the past few weeks.
"We'll have to see how our defence looks at that point," Ferguson said.
Harrison, meanwhile, was back practising yesterday, a welcome sight for the Toronto brass.
Harrison suffered a hand injury in the Leafs' 5-4 shootout victory over the MontrealCanadiens at the Bell Centre on Saturday.
There was no broken bone in the hand, allowing Harrison to accompany the team to Tampa.
"It's encouraging," Ferguson said. "We weren't sure what it was."
Meanwhile, Ferguson said team officials are monitoring the progress of goalie Mikael Tellqvist, who broke the ring finger on his right hand during practice last week.
"Because it occured on his blocker hand, we have to wait and see when he can comfortably grip his goalie stick again," Ferguson said.
Discussions on a contract extension for Darcy Tucker continue. Ferguson and Tucker's agent, Carlos Sosa, have held further discussions since Sosa was in Toronto last week ... Kubina's girlfriend is expecting a baby Nov. 13. "It's my first child and I'm very excited," he said. "My girlfriend couldn't fly with me to Toronto so that makes it difficult. But I'm going to try to be a good father. I'll do my best."