A walk down memory lane

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

Atlanta Thrashers forward Glen Metropolit wryly notes that each time he visits Regent Park there's a little less of it to see.

Parts of the aging downtown public housing complex is being flattened as a revitalization project. Metropolit has spent years as a journeyman, including stints in Europe, before regaining steady NHL work in Atlanta.

"One of the apartment buildings I lived in is down, the other is still up," Metropolit said. "I don't think they've touched South Regent yet, just the Dundas and Parliament area. They want to bring in the money I guess.

"I don't miss the neighbourhood really. I came back and had a little lunch with my grandmother last year and looked out the window. It's pretty depressing, people still just moping around. But they don't really know any other way. It's their way of life, it's their environment.

"But it's nice to drive through the old neighbourhood and see what's going on. Moss Park and the outdoor rinks were the place to hang out after school."

Metropolit, 32, says he likely will move back to the Toronto area when he retires.

"My wife is from Florida, but she loves it here and we have a little boy who loves to play hockey. It's hard to find ice in Atlanta."

CARLO COOLS HEELS

Carlo Colaiacovo's courageous return might be just a bit too quick for coach Paul Maurice's liking. The oft-injured defenceman's attempt to play in the NHL for the first time in 11 months will have to wait a couple of days at least.

"He still has a ways to go," Maurice said. "He could play and we'd really have to watch his minutes, but we want to put him in a situation where he would be successful. That part is not an exact science, but it's not going to be today."

HOLD THAT TIGER

A few Leafs weren't sure how to react to Maurice's assertion that officiating standards have slackened in the past few weeks.

"I don't know about that," defenceman Hal Gill said yesterday morning. "I'd love to believe that, but then I'd give a guy a good clutch and grab and take two minutes.

"There was one play in Montreal (Saturday) where I put a stick up on the guy's hands and really didn't hit him and we got called. So I'll let you know after the game tonight if they call it tight or not."


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