Time for Leafs to rest, heal

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

The Maple Leafs should be a new-look team after the all-star break with injured Darcy Tucker due back, more rest for Kyle Wellwood and the eventual return of defencemen Ian White and Andy Wozniewski. The Leafs have four days away from the rink and six days between games.

"We bought ourselves some time with (Tucker's) injury and we hope he can get back to being pain-free," coach Paul Maurice said.

"Because we've run some of these guys so hard in terms of minutes per game, we've got a number of guys who are going to use the time to heal and most importantly to get some rest in the stretch."

CULTURE SHOCK

A few Leafs will use the break to get out of town, with some notable exceptions.

"I'm going to a major city in Canada for two days, from Oakville to Toronto," Maurice said. "Seriously, my family have been here a year and a half and we haven't done anything (of a tourist nature).

"We'll also get to tuck the kids in every night. I usually spend weekends watching hockey."

Family man winger Wade Belak is also sticking close to home rather than go to his off-season home in British Columbia.

"We thought about going West, but I figure five hours on a plane with two kids, two dogs and a screaming wife is not good," Belak cracked.

"So we'll just lay low in Toronto and have some dinners with people we haven't seen all year."

CHANCE TO SHAPE UP

General manager John Ferguson has not written off winger Alex Suglobov, who was sent to the Marlies on a conditioning stint as of Saturday.

Ferguson cited the unproductive winger's back injury as one reason he had not scored in 14 games this year.

Ferguson traded defenceman Ken Klee to the New Jersey Devils for Soglobov last year.

HITTING DOUBLE DIGITS

The Leafs already have been involved in six games this season where the combined score was 10 or more goals, equalling last year's total.


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