Life of Bryan improves

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Injured defenceman Bryan McCabe hopes to resume skating by the end of the week.

McCabe is scheduled to visit doctors today, when he is counting on getting the green light to strap on the blades.

McCabe fractured three bones in his left hand when checked by the Montreal Canadiens' Andrei Kostitsyn on Dec. 15 in Montreal.

"It has been exactly a month now," McCabe said yesterday at the Air Canada Centre. "They originally said 6-8 weeks so we'll have to see how it goes."

The Leafs have not won a game in regulation since McCabe's injury, posting just an overtime victory over Florida and a shootout decision over Tampa Bay.

LESS IS MOORE

Forward Dominic Moore, who played his first game as a Leaf on Saturday in San Jose, is getting accustomed to being in blue and white.

As he checked out his new digs inside the dressing room at the Air Canada Centre, Moore was not surprised at the amount of media that greeted the players as they left the ice after practice yesterday.

"It's pretty amazing playing for your home-town team that you grew up cheering for," said Moore, who was snapped up on waivers late last week.

Moore said that former Leaf Doug Gilmour, now a member of the Toronto management, was "my hero growing up."

"I remember getting a stick from him once," he said.

"It's still up on the wall at my parent's house."

LOOSE LEAFS

Forward Darcy Tucker yesterday hosted a skating party and luncheon at the ACC for 36 families whose lives have been touched by childhood cancer. Tucker partnered with the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, which is comprised of five specialty pediatric oncology hospitals and is a leader in Ontario's childhood cancer arena ... Don't expect the visiting Carolina Hurricanes to have sympathy tonight for the Leafs, who have dropped five consecutive decisions. "I don't think about the other team," Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said. "We have a very good team that is underachieving."


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