Wozniewski on the mend

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

Andy Wozniewski won't ever match Mats Sundin's offensive numbers, but he might be able to duplicate the captain's ability to recover quickly from serious injury.

The Leafs' most impressive young defenceman at training camp was scheduled to attain a major milestone in his recovery from shoulder surgery yesterday, resuming skating for the first time at Ricoh Coliseum.

"I'm ahead of schedule and I'm very pleased," Wozniewski said Tuesday night. "I could have probably skated earlier, but there wasn't any real point to rush back if I can't have contact. But I'm stronger, I've gained all my weight back (220 pounds) and I'm a lot more confident now."

Wozniewski, who separated his right shoulder on Oct.7 against the Montreal Canadiens, hopes to be ready to play by late January or early February.

"Definitely," he said. "February would be four months (since the surgery) and that would be the target."

GIRL POWER

Jeff O'Neill couldn't resist some fun at American teammate John Pohl's expense the other day when Canadian women's former national team star Cassie Campbell stopped by to interview him for Hockey Night in Canada.

When Pohl came off the ice, Campbell apologized for sitting in the youngster's stall during her chat with O'Neill and got up to move. But O'Neill, knowing Pohl's girlfriend is Team USA captain Krissy Wendell, told Pohl to take a hike and berated him for dissing "Captain Canada" Campbell. The latter assured Pohl there was no slight and that Wendell was a fine player.

LOOSE LEAFS

Tuesday night represented general manager John Ferguson's 100th win with the club ... The re-charged Leafs had 32 hits to 18 by the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tuesday's 5-4 win. But they also were charged with 24 giveaways, twice as many as Tampa and six traced to defenceman Tomas Kaberle ...With defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo passing his test on Tuesday, it's likely he'll be back tomorrow night in Carolina ahead of Brendan Bell.


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