The road to recovery

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

A couple of wounded Maple Leafs slowly are making their respective ways down the road to recovery.

Forward Mark Bell, for one, estimates he is about a month away from returning to the Maple Leaf lineup. Bell underwent surgery several weeks ago to repair a broken orbital bone in his face.

Forward John Pohl, meanwhile, has long ditched his crutches and hopes to begin skating by the time the Leafs return from their trip through Florida and Washington in 10 days.

Pohl badly sprained his ankle three weeks ago, the most recent setback in what has turned out to be a hard-luck season for him.

"I can pretty much walk and do everything," he said. "I also want to get back on the ice pretty soon.

"It's been a pretty frustrating year for me. Everything about it has been frustrating. This is just another thing to add to that."

SABRES UPDATE

As the clock ticks down toward the Feb. 26 trade deadline, all eyes in Buffalo are on pending Sabres unrestricted free agent Brian Campbell.

If the gifted puck-carrying defenceman does not ink a new deal in the coming days with the Sabres, it is believed Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier will be under pressure to deal Campbell.

Campbell, whose Sabres visit the Leafs tonight at the Air Canada Centre, was asked yesterday about being in such an unenviable position.

"It's not easy, and I can't really say I'm having fun with it," Campbell told the Buffalo News. "I wish it wasn't me, to be honest with you."

It is believed Regier is poised to make an offer to the Campbell camp, although the Sabres GM was coy when asked about that possibility down at the GMs meetings in Naples.

"I'm not going to answer that right now, quite frankly, because I'll have that conversation with the agent," Regier told reporters.

Some observers estimate Campbell could command $7 million US per season on the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

The Leafs will be looking for revenge after dropping a 1-0 decision to the Sabres at the HSBC Arena eight days ago.


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