Farewell Wellwood

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 12:20 PM ET

Kyle Wellwood's season is over.

Wellwood is scheduled to undergo a minor procedure on his injured groin today in Philadelphia, the latest in a series of medical treatments on the ailment.

Wellwood underwent sports hernia surgery 14 months ago, then had follow-up surgery in September.

"We're not calling it a surgery because it's not that big," coach Paul Maurice said. "It's a minor event on the opposite groin. More along the lines of revision from his first surgery...on the opposite side, which is fairly normal when you have one on one side. It's just a matter of time before you have something done on the other. So he's going to be done for the remainder of the year."

Interim general manager Cliff Fletcher said it is wrong to label Wellwood as "injury prone."

"We are told he will be fine after that procedure," Fletcher said.

Wellwood, 24, is slated to becomes a restricted free agent on July 1.

With questions hovering concerning his lack of conditioning, there is a possibility that he may have played his final game as a Leaf.

When asked about Wellwood's situation, Fletcher would not commit.

"That will be one of many decisions we will have to make," Fletcher said.

Wellwood had eight goals and 13 assists in 59 games.

STAJAN BOUND FOR WORLDS?

When the Team Canada brass examines the Leafs roster in the hunt for talent for the world hockey championship, they might be in for some slim pickings.

But it was confirmed yesterday that one Toronto player who definitely is on Canada's radar screen is centre Matt Stajan.

Stajan recently said he would "love" to play for Canada at the worlds, which run May 2-20 in Halifax and Quebec City, although he had not yet been contacted as of last weekend.

Stajan, 24, had 16 goals and 17 assists in 79 games.


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