White past frustrated

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

Matt Stajan isn't the only Leafs veteran who is upset and confused by his lack of playing time. Defenceman Ian White, who played 81 games for the blue and white last season, has been a healthy scratch for the first three games of the regular season. When rookie Jonas Frogren missed Monday's game against the St. Louis Blues because of a bruised foot, head coach Ron Wilson elected to play Anton Stralman, not White.

"No, there's been no dialogue and no indications as to what the plans are for me," White said yesterday, when asked if he has talked to Wilson about his playing time, or lack thereof. "I haven't said a word and they haven't said a word to me since I've been here. So I have no idea."

White, while subdued yesterday, said he will continue to work hard in practice, at defence and forward, and just "take it all in stride".

"I'm kind of past the point of being frustrated. Now it's just, come here and work hard and whatever happens, happens," he said. "I'm paid to be here, paid to work hard, I have a lot of friends in the room, so I'll just keep working for the guys in here."

There are rumours that White is on the trading block.

"I'll just let the chips fall where they may," he said.

FOOT FRUSTRATIONS

Frogren skated prior to the team's practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena yesterday, though it's likely his bruised foot will keep him out of tomorrow's game in New York against the Rangers, and possibly on Saturday against the Penguins as well.

"He's day to day," Wilson said. "It's nothing other than a bruise, but it's in a tender spot. He might have to sit down for a couple of days."

Defenceman Jeff Finger, who has yet to play a regular-season game because of a bruised foot, is said to still be about a week away from playing.

LINES, LINES, LINES

Wilson kept the same four lines intact during yesterday's practice, including the first line of Nik Antropov, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jason Blake. The so-called No. 2 line of newcomers Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and Niklas Hagman also will remain intact, for now. Kulemin leads the team with two goals and Hagman has one, but the talented Grabovski has yet to record a point. The third line of Alex Steen, Dominic Moore and Jiri Tlusty also practised together, as did the four-headed fourth line of Matt Stajan, Ryan Hollweg, Jamal Mayers and rookie John Mitchell. Stajan will play on that line tomorrow night in New York with Hollweg suspended for three games as a result on his hit on St. Louis defenceman Alex Pietrangelo on Monday.


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