Operation success for Carlo and Boyd

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

There have been no shortage of Maple Leafs visiting the surgeon's office lately.

In the past week alone, both Carlo Colaiacovo and Boyd Devereaux have had successful surgeries and will be available for the start of training camp, general manager John Ferguson said yesterday.

Colaiacovo underwent successful surgery on his knee in Toronto on Sunday.

The hard-luck Colaiacovo, who spent much of last spring and summer grappling with a bout of post-concussion syndrome, is expected to begin his rehabilitation in about two weeks.

Favouring his right leg, Colaiacovo was walking with a limp after the season finale against the Montreal Canadiens on April 7, the victim of what he believed was a slew foot from Saku Koivu.

Devereaux, meanwhile, had his ailing ankle scoped last week.

DELAY OF GAME

It appears the team's new practice facility will not be completed in time to host the 2008 training camp.

According to Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment executive Bob Hunter, the official groundbreaking for the proposed four-pad complex is expected in June, several months after it had been tentatively scheduled to take place. Hunter said the delay came after the Lakeshore Lions Service Club, the organization behind the building of the facility, was forced to present the proposal to city council again last week after original cost estimates had ballooned.

LOOSE LEAFS

Concerned about where he fit in, defenceman Staffan Kronwall met withFerguson to discuss his future. There were reports that Kronwall was considering playing in his native Sweden next season if he didn't receive a one-way contract with Toronto.

"Everything's fine," Ferguson said. "Staffan is a big part of our plans and I told him that."


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