Peca backpedals on timing of return

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Michael Peca made a difficult admission yesterday.

When it comes to medical issues, doctors know best.

He doesn't.

As he continues to recover from a fractured leg, Peca said he may have jumped the gun a bit when he claimed a couple of months ago that he would be back before the end of the regular season.

"I was speaking without knowing the full extent of the situation," he said. "If I had it my way, which, fortunately, I didn't, I would have pushed too much to get back and probably ended up taking a step back."

Peca, who began skating again last Saturday, was back on the ice yesterday at Lakeshore Lions Arena.

Joining him for part of the on-ice workout was his son Trevor, who turns seven next month.

Peca was asked how the skating is coming along.

"No real difference," said Peca, who is, at best, still likely at least two weeks away. "It was slightly better.

"(Any pain) is relatively limited. Any discomfort isn't related to the surgery. It's more the trauma of being out on the ice again after not doing it for (three months.)"

POHL POSITION

Forward John Pohl took part in yesterday's optional practice, an indication that the tightness in his back is starting to subside.

Despite the fact his right shoulder was wrapped after the workout, Pohl said he could have played against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Coach Paul Maurice opted to make him a scratch.

Asked about having to sit out against the Lightning, Pohl replied: "I feel fine. It's a bit sore, but I think (Maurice's decision) had as much to do with the numbers game as it did (an injury)."

MILESTONE MATS

Mats Sundin is well aware that he needs just one goal to tie Darryl Sittler for the franchise lead in career goals at 389. "I wasn't really thinking about it, then I went seven games without a goal. Maybe it would have helped my scoring had I thought about Darryl's (mark) more," Sundin said with a chuckle.


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