Devereaux ready to go

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

Boyd Devereaux might finally get his chance to return to the Maple Leafs' lineup.

Devereaux has been out since Feb. 19 when he suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his right knee during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Air Canada Centre.

"I'm ready to go," the gritty winger said yesterday. "I felt really good in practice.I'm confident with how (the injury has healed)."

"He had a good day," coach Paul Maurice said of Devereaux. "I think he probably could have played Saturday night, but he hadn't had a full practice yet, so we wanted to hold him out. But we'll make a decision on him (this morning)."

LOOSE LEAFS

Forward Matt Stajan was swarmed by reporters yesterday after it was suggested he fits the bill as the next captain of the Leafs. "Mats (Sundin) is our captain,'' Stajan said. "And hopefully he comes back next year. Down the road? Who knows who it's going to be. I'm a 24-year-old guy. (Alex Steen) has great leadership qualities. And guys like (Darcy Tucker) and (Tomas Kaberle) have been leaders here a long time." ... What about wearing the "C" one day, Mr. Steen? "We're getting ahead of ourselves here," Steen said. "We're worried about the eighth playoff spot." ... Both Stajan and Steen received high praise from their captain yesterday. "Matt Stajan, I think, is playing the best hockey he has played in his career. It's great to see," Sundin said. "Alex Steen the same way." ... While Maurice does not expect Sundin to play tonight, anything is possible. "If he walks in and does the morning skate and feels fantastic, we wouldn't hold him out," Maurice said ... About six weeks after undergoing a meniscus scope, defenceman Staffan Kronwall is thrilled to be back with the Leafs. He figured he would finish the season in the minors but that changed when he was called up after Carlo Colaiacovo was injured. He made his presence felt in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators, flattening the Sens' Dean McAmmond with a clean hit, then dropping the gloves with Shean Donovan. "I'll take the hit when it's there," he said. "It's just exciting to be here this time of year."


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