Carlo feeling good

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:03 AM ET

Defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo and centre Kyle Wellwood could be back on skates soon for the Leafs.

"Carlo says his knee has never felt this good since the surgery," coach Paul Maurice said yesterday of the six-month wait. "He expects to be back on the ice in three or four days. and to go full tilt.

"Kyle is just ending his three-week program (following a second surgery to fix a hernia)."

By the end of this week, centre Mark Bell will have less than 10 games remaining on his league suspension. If activated on time, he would play Nov. 6.

MATS TO THE MAX

Mats Sundin, who, after last night's assist, still needs a goal to break Darryl Sittler's franchise record and one point to pass Sittler in points as a Leaf, was productive from the moment he arrived in Toronto.

On Jan. 20, 1995, in the Leafs first post-lockout game against Los Angeles, playing on a line with Mike Ridley and Mike Gartner, Sundin recorded an assist in a 3-3 tie against Kelly Hrudey and the home-team Kings. The next night, he scored on Arturs Irbe in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Sundin is also five penalty minutes shy of 1,000 in his NHL career.

HOME COOKING

This is the week the Leafs need to make hay at home, four ACC dates in eight days. Outside of a short hop to Buffalo, the Leafs don't have to make any trips by air until Pittsburgh/New York at the end of the month.

"We want to be a good team at home, but we can't put all that emphasis on this week," Maurice said.

LOOSE LEAFS

Yesterday marked 77 years since the Leafs purchased future Hall of Fame defenceman King Clancy from the Ottawa Senators for $35,000, the last $10,000 arriving at the last second when club boss Conn Smythe won a long shot bet on his race horse.


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