January 10, 2007
White tumbles on to Leafs injury list
By LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

Add Ian White to the grey area of Maple Leaf injuries.

The rookie defenceman last night joined a long list that includes four forwards and a blueliner, with what he termed a "minor separation."

"I really thought it would be worse than it is right now," said White, who nonetheless had his left arm in a sling after the 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. "I went in pretty hard, (in a race for the puck to negate icing) direct on my shoulder, but it could always be worse."

He'll undergo an MRI today. Brendan Bell, the last healthy Leaf defenceman, likely will play tomorrow in Buffalo.

"Ian's become such an important part of our team," coach Paul Maurice said. "He moves the puck, he skates the puck."

Forward Kyle Wellwood can't even say when he can practice again or whether he will have to check his slow-healing groin/hip flexor injury with a specialist.

"I'm trying to get back, skating every day and waiting for the pain to go away," he said. "You always want to wake up and have it gone. But it hasn't happened yet and I'm not sure when it will."

Also out of the picture for the immediate future is winger Darcy Tucker, who has a small crack in his foot.

"He's been off skates long enough now that it will take him a few days (to regain game shape)," Maurice said.

Winger Alexei Ponikarovsky, out because of a separated shoulder, could be back Saturday. Nik Antropov is ahead of schedule in his recovery from an ankle sprain and should not be much further behind Ponikarovsky.


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