Colaiacovo in tough

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

Carlo Colaiacovo was forced to eat humble pie. Again.

For the second time in three games Colaiacovo was made a healthy scratch by coach Ron Wilson, forcing the young defenceman to watch last night's Maple Leafs-Anaheim Ducks game in street clothes.

Colaiacovo also sat out the Leafs 1-0 shootout loss to the New York Rangers Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Such are the woes of being a member of the Leafs crowded blue line.

For his part, Wilson offers no apologies for having to make tough decisions concerning his defencemen.

"I'd rather step on a few toes rather than stomp on somebody's foot," said Wilson, reacting to his penchant of rotating defencemen in and out of the lineup.

"We want two guys -- (Pavel) Kubina and (Tomas) Kaberle -- in every game. We also want to give as much ice time to (Luke) Schenn and (Anton) Stralman as we can."

That leaves Colaiacovo, Ian White, Mike Van Ryn and Jonas Frogren battling to get into the lineup.

Adding to the logjam will be Jeff Finger, who was inked to a four-year, $14-million US free-agent deal in the off-season. According to Wilson, Finger will be poised to return to action from a foot injury by the end of the week.

Asked about Colaiacovo's reaction to the situation, Wilson bluntly replied: "It's tough for him, not for me. I've been doing this long enough."

FINGER FOOD

Finger, who has yet to make his Leafs regular-season debut, is taking no chances when it comes to being clunked in the foot again.

Finger is using carbon-fibre pads on top of his skate boots, covering up the area of his laces.

"They are very light. You barely notice them," Finger said. "You can never be too cautious."

He admits being frustrated at being sidelined this long.

"It's getting better but there still is some pain," he said.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE

Asked about how he felt concerning the possibility of a second team coming to Toronto, Wilson shrugged his shoulders.

"I don't know. That's above my pay grade," Wilson said.

There would be one scenario that would leave him in favour of a second Toronto team.

"If we could split the media, yeah," he said. "Half of you could go to that fictional team."


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