Kronwall feels for Carlo

TERRY KOSHAN

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

Staffan Kronwall has sympathy for injured defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo, but not enough to want to trade places with him.

With Colaiacovo done for the season with tears in his left groin, the Maple Leafs recalled Kronwall from the Toronto Marlies.

"I feel bad for Carlo but I have to see it as an opporunity for me," Kronwall said after practice. "I want to make the jump (permanently)."

Kronwall has played in 10 games for the Leafs this season, but none since Dec. 4. He has no points.

In 22 games with the Marlies, Kronwall, who returned from a knee injury on Wednesday night that had kept him out for more than a month, had two goals and four assists. He will be in the Leafs lineup tonight in Buffalo against the Sabres.

NUMMINEN RETURNS

Sabres defenceman Teppo Numminen, who has been cleared to resume playing after having open-heart surgery last September, is expected to be on the ice at the morning skate today. It would mark Numminen's return to the ice.

"We'll see how he makes out," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff told the Buffalo News yesterday. "I think he'll do his on-ice testing, then do the pregame skate with the team. It wouldn't even be fair to comment (on a return) until I see a couple days of what the numbers actually are. I don't think it's fair to put a number on it in Teppo's case."

The Sabres' defence is already missing Nathan Paetsch, Jaroslav Spacek and Dmitri Kalinin.

NO-TOUCH, YES OR NO?

The issue of bringing no-touch icing into the NHL is being debated with the broken leg suffered by Kurtis Foster of the Minnesota Wild after he hit the end boards while racing Torrey Mitchell of the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

But Leafs forward Jason Blake wants icing the way it is.

"I like it because I use my speed and get on the puck," Blake said. "But at the same time, you don't want to see guys get hurt."


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