Kaberle eyes return ... if he gets green light

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

One of Tomas Kaberle's advisers has suggested to his client that it might be in his best interests to wait until this coming weekend for his attempted return to the Maple Leafs lineup.

But the competitive Maple Leafs defenceman privately responded by saying he would love to come back and beat the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night, the team he was injured against on March 2.

Kaberle told his aforementioned representative he will skate again today and will be re-evaluated by Dr. Karen Johnston, the renowned concussion specialist who has helped other NHLers, past and present, like Eric Lindros, Scott Stevens and Mike Richter.

A private person by nature, Kaberle has informed the media he wants to put the Cam Janssen incident behind him and no longer wants to answer questions about it.

MEDICAL TESTS

In any event, Kaberle will have to pass a number of medical tests before getting the green light to return.

Janssen, meanwhile, is aware of the media circus that will be waiting for him in Toronto.

"I'm used to that by now," Janssen told New Jersey reporters. "It's nothing new. I'll just repeat myself like I do with you guys."

Having played for the Windsor Spitfires and Guelph Storm, he understands the passion -- and venom -- of hockey fans north of the border.

"I love playing in Toronto," he said. "It's awesome. I played juniors up there. I love the Canadian atmosphere. But it's going to be a tough game."

Added Janssen: "I'm not worried about what (the Leafs) are going to do to me. I'm just worried how we are going to come out. They need the win and so do we, so I think they are going to be more focused at putting the puck in the net than getting back at me."

Was the Kaberle incident overblown?

"If it happened in centre ice and it wasn't around the boards, then nothing would have happened. It wouldn't even have been a good hit. He probably even wouldn't have fell," Janssen said.


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