Wellwood will be ready

MIKE ZEISBERGER and LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Kyle Wellwood's foot injury will not keep him from being ready for training camp, Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher said last night.

"We had him in and our medical staff had a good look at him," Fletcher said from Arizona. "He should be fine when we start up in September."

The injury-plagued Wellwood broke a bone in his right foot two weeks ago while playing indoor soccer.

As for Fletcher, he isn't putting a timetable on his stint running the team. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. president Richard Peddie said Wednesday Fletcher likely would remain the general manager until at least the end of the 2008-09 season.

"They want to make sure they get the right guy," Fletcher said of the Leafs' GM search. "I told them last month that I would do the job until that happens. I have a 19-month contract that runs through a year from September, so I'll do whatever is needed over that time."

COMIC RE-LEAF

The Leafs' front office foibles were fair game for NHL awards host Ron MacLean last night. He suggested Toronto would have a Brian Burke bobblehead at their draft table next week, nodding approval of each pick. He also kidded that MLSEL president and CEO Richard Peddie was in favour of announcing last night's winners first and then the nominees, as per the team's recent cart-before-the-horse hirings.

BONJOUR MONSIEUR WILSON

Guy Carbonneau welcomed Ron Wilson to the front row in the Canadiens-Maple Leafs' rivalry, believing the new Toronto coach is well prepared for a tough hockey market.

"He's animated and he's experienced, I think he's the right guy for the job," Carbonneau said. "I do the same thing in Montreal. (When fans and media are mad), you have to listen to it, but you still have to stick to your plan."

Carbonneau lost a close vote for the Jack Adams Award to Washington Capitals' Bruce Boudreau, while Wilson placed fifth after a 49-win season with San Jose. Wilson had two first-place votes from NHL broadcasters.

BOOTS UNDER INVESTIGATION

The FBI wants to study documents California businessman William "Boots" Del Biaggio III gave to sports and government officials guaranteeing his share of the NHL's Nashville Predators and a new arena lease for the team.


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