Among the Maple Leafs at Lakeshore Lions Arena yesterday for an informal on-ice workout was Jason Blake, who dearly wants to forget about a difficult 2007-08 season.
Blake was diagnosed with leukemia last October and scored just 15 goals, but managed to play in all 82 games. As recognition of his fight against cancer, Blake won the Bill Masterton Trophy.
"I feel great," Blake told Sportsnet. "With a new coaching staff, there's a new outlook here. For me personally, it was a rough year at the start with the (health) news. I put that behind me and am ready to go."
Watching the practice was coach Ron Wilson.
"I don't pay attention to any of this," Wilson said. "It's summer hockey. I'm just here to put names to faces."
Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher, meanwhile, said he has heard "nothing at all" from free agent Mats Sundin, who is taking time to decide whether he plays in the NHL again or retires. There have been rumours that a decision from Sundin could come this week, but that has not been confirmed.