Injury bug not biting

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

The Maple Leafs came into September without any of the major injury issues of the past few seasons and their luck is holding up eight days into camp.

Winger Jason Blake, defenceman Jeff Finger and centre Matt Stajan all suffered lower extremity shot-block injuries the past few days, but will return during a busy schedule of games this week. Carlo Colaiacovo has survived a few brushes with the kind of mishaps that led to long-term problems for the defenceman.

Mikhail Grabovski's chin had been re-arranged by a railroad network of stitches from Friday night against Pittsburgh, but the little centre impressed coach Ron Wilson by coming right back to play in Buffalo on Saturday.

Centre Dominic Moore suffered a slight groin pull, but should be ready to go in a couple of days.

Jamal is feeling Blue

Jamal Mayers need not worry about separation anxiety from the St. Louis Blues.

The new Leafs winger will be seeing his old club three times in a bit more than two weeks and playing at least once in the upcoming home-and-home and the Oct. 13 regular-season match at the ACC.

"It's going to feel a little weird," Mayers said yesterday. "We went about three years without playing the Leafs and now that I'm here, it's three times in a few weeks."

Mayers is Toronto-born, but maintains a tight bond with his former team, texting ex-Leaf Brad Boyes often.

"My wife (Natalie) is from there and we'll probably go back a lot after I finish playing," Mayers said.

Mayer spent 10 years with the Blues and life on the Mississippi was great. He agrees with the definition of St. Louis as a big city with a small-town feel.

"It has got a real sense of community," Mayers said. "It has great schools, though not as many as Toronto.

"They're passionate about their Cardinals and Blues, but not so much the (0-4) Rams this year."

Marlies update

About 30 players are in the Marlies' camp at Ricoh Coliseum, among them tryouts Patrick Mullen, the son of Hall of Famer Joe Mullen, and Brian Ihnacak, son of Leafs' scout Peter. The Marlies will take about 23 players to St. John's for AHL exhibition games this week.


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