Tucker passes on skills event

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Maple Leafs winger Darcy Tucker gave yesterday's skills competition a pass to have an elbow injury stitched. He suffered a laceration a few games ago and had been playing in discomfort since.

He is expected to play tomorrow night against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo ended one of his conditioning stints yesterday with the Toronto Marlies, recording his third assist in as many games and missing a shootout chance in a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals.

General manager John Ferguson said he has not decided whether the injury-cursed kid will join the Leafs, which have an open spot on the 23-man roster, go on another two-week conditioning stint (this one requiring player consent) or be placed on waivers with the intent of a longer stint on the farm.

QUITE A NIGHT FOR WHITE

Defenceman Ian White had a roller-coaster evening on Saturday, scoring the game-opening goal, appearing on a between-periods interview on Hockey Night In Canada, followed by a third-period delay-of-game blunder when he cleared glass with the puck, leading to a Montreal goal.

"Sometimes the rules are your best friend and sometimes they're against you," White said.

KING OF KINGSTON TOWN

Don Cherry was naturally thrilled that winger Alex Steen would name his first-born son Kingston, the birthplace of Cherry, Doug Gilmour and Kirk Muller among others in the hockey community.

"That's about the only thing he's done right this year," said Cherry, noting Steen's low production numbers this year.

Cherry has been tough on Swedes in the past, though Alex and Kingston were both born in Canada.

LOOSE LEAFS

Toronto is in the midst of playing Original Six teams on four consecutive Saturdays but is already 0-2 against Boston and Montreal, with Detroit and the New York Rangers are next ... Kyle Wellwood's father Rick says he already has secured more than 70 tickets for friends and family when the Tecumseh native plays his only regular-season game at Joe Louis Arena this Saturday.


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