Kabby to skate soon?

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Tomas Kaberle didn't have the opportunity to join his teammates in showing off the team's new state-of-the-art practice jerseys yesterday.

He was too busy riding the stationary bike in the bowels of the Maple Leafs dressing room at the time.

But if all goes well, the veteran defenceman will be back on the ice with his fellow Leafs some time this week, much earlier than many predicted.

"Hopefully, in a day or so, he can start skating," coach Paul Maurice said. "We'll have to see how things play out."

Kaberle suffered a concussion, back spasms and neck pains 11 days ago when he received a cheap shot from the New Jersey Devils' Cam Janssen, who was slapped with a three-game suspension for his actions.

While Kaberle works toward a return to the lineup, the remainder of the team emerged for yesterday's workout at the Air Canada Centre wearing the sleeker, form-fitting jerseys the NHL will implement league-wide next season.

The uniforms, made by Reebok, incorporate lighter fabrics designed to keep players drier and more flexible during games.

The reviews, to this point, are positive.

"I like it," defenceman Bryan McCabe said. "It's more airy. Everything's lighter.

"I just hope it doesn't shrink in the wash.

According to Reebok officials, the jerseys should be available to the general public in about a year. The cost of a game jersey is estimated to be about $350 while replica jerseys are slated to go for approximately $149.

"We want the chance to see how the experiment goes with the teams wearing them before putting them on the market," a Reebok spokesman said yesterday.


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