Boyd Devereaux hobbled out of the Air Canada Centre last night, hopeful that his ailing knee will not keep him sidelined for too long.
The veteran forward is scheduled to undergo an MRI on the knee today after he was injured in the latter stages of the Maple Leafs' 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Devereaux was helped off the ice and into the dressing room in the game's final five minutes.
"I'd like to think it's not too bad but the tests will show us for sure," said Devereaux, who collected his 11th assist of the season early in the first period.
While trade talk seems to be all the rage around the Maple Leafs these days, the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets have their own gaggle of candidates who might be moved.
Veterans Ron Hainsey, Michael Peca and Adam Foote are among the names that have been bandied about in Columbus, where the Jackets must decide whether to be buyers or sellers.
The players would like to keep the core of their team together and make a playoff run. The franchise has never reached the post-season in its six-plus years in the NHL.
"It'll happen sometime ... hopefully this year," Foote said of his team's attempt to finally make the playoffs.
"We want to keep this dressing room together. We've talked about it."
The Jackets entered play last night three points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"We want to convince (Jackets GM) Scott (Howson) that we don't want to be sellers," Peca said.
Rick Nash, for one, would love to be part of the 2010 Canadian Olympic team.
The bitter taste of Canada's disappointing 2006 showing in Turin still in his mouth, he wants badly to help wipe away those frustrating memories.
"Hockey's our sport, so we all know it will be gold or nothing in Vancouver," he said. "That's the mindset that will be there. You can't be nervous or scared about that either. You just have to want it badly.