Newbury given yellow light

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

The Maple Leafs are taking a cautious approach with rookie winger Kris Newbury.

Newbury was kept overnight Saturday at Mount Sinai Hospital, but more to be on the safe side after tests determined he had not suffered a skull or C-spine fracture.

Newbury was knocked out by Pittsburgh's Ronald Petrovicky during a third-period fight in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Penguins at the Air Canada Centre.

"He is doing all right," Leafs general manager John Ferguson said yesterday. "He will be listed as day to day."

Did Newbury, whose helmet-less head hit the ice after he was knocked out, suffer a concussion?

"It's too early to state anything definitive," Ferguson said.

With Newbury out for an undetermined amount of time, Ferguson likely will get away without making any roster changes for a game tomorrow night versus the New York Islanders. Centre John Pohl, who has missed the past two games with back spasms, "should be able to" return, Ferguson said. The club will have a stronger idea after Pohl practises today and after the morning skate tomorrow.

Meanwhile, centre Michael Peca, who broke his right leg and suffered meniscus damage in his right knee in a game Dec. 22 against the Chicago Blackhawks, is off crutches and using a cane to get around. But there are no plans for Peca to return to the lineup in the regular season, which means he could have played his last game as a Leaf if the team does not make the playoffs.

Peca is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and there is no guarantee he will re-sign with Toronto.


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