Shedden movin' up in world

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

For those players who toiled under Doug Shedden in St. John's, the news that the former Baby Leafs coach will be the bench boss for Finland at the 2008 World Championship caught them by surprise.

Shedden was relieved of his duties as the coach of the Baby Leafs at the conclusion of the 2004-05 season, the team's final year on The Rock. Paul Maurice was brought in to replace him as the franchise moved to the Ricoh Coliseum.

Shedden moved to Finland, where he is in his second season as coach of Jokerit of the Finnish elite league. Among those on his roster is former Maple Leaf Clarke Wilm.

"It's great for Doug," defenceman Brendan Bell, who played for Shedden in '04-05, said. "It's amazing. I don't think anyone would have expected it or projected it.

"He went from St. John's over to Finland and had a real good year over there last year. Great for him. It's going to be a different experience for him. It's going to be a little different with international hockey but it's a great honour for him."

Ring the Bell

Maurice admitted yesterday that Carlo Colaiacovo and Andy Wozniewski probably had the inside track on making the team when training camp started. But because of the injuries suffered by the Leafs, Bell and Ian White ended up being the rookies who have entrenched themselves on the Leafs blue line.

"I'm not taking anything for granted," Bell said. "We're both happy where we are at, for sure. But I know personally I expect a little bit more. I'd like to contribute a little more."

BRUISED BRUIN

With much having been made of the Bruins early goaltending woes, Hannu Toivonen added to the problems when he injured his ankle last week during a stint in the AHL. But according to Boston goalie coach Bob Essensa, the main problem has been in his head. "For the most part, the biggest challenge has been getting the six inches between his ears corrected, playing with confidence and getting his game back to where we know it can be," Essensa told the Boston Herald.


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