A decision on the status of forward Kris Newbury is expected today.
Newbury, who suffered a concussion during a fight against the Pittsburgh Penguins last month, has been practising for about a week without the lingering headaches that plagued him immediately after the incident.
"He's really pushing himself and there don't appear to be any lingering effects," coach Paul Maurice said. "I'll be able to tell you (today) if he has been cleared."
Newbury is champing at the bit to get back into action.
"It seems to be getting better every day,"he said.
Maurice does not believe people should view the NHL in such a doom-and-gloom light because of the Chris Simon incident.
The New York Islanders pugilist made headlines throughout North American when he swung his stick at the face of the New York Rangers' Ryan Hollweg Thursday night on Long Island.
"I don't think we see things like that happen very often," Maurice said. "This game is played as close to the edge as possible and, even so, (such incidents) are almost completely gone from the sport."
Maurice does not neccessarily feel a harsh suspension would serve as a deterrent to others.
"I'm not so sure the death penalty lowers the crime rate," he said. "I just think every 1,000 games or so someone loses it and does something (silly).
"I actually find that in my 12 years there is much more camraderie betwen (opposing) players than there was before that time."
Captain Mats Sundin has not scored in the past six games and failed to register a shot on goal in the Leafs' 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators Thursday night at Scotiabank Place ... Kyle Wellwood lined up on the wing alongside Sundin and Darcy Tucker during yesterday's workout, which mainly featured special-teams play. Yanic Perreault, meanwhile, centred Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky.