Double whammy for Leaf

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

First Carlo Colaiacovo took a shot in the foot.

Then he took one from his coach.

Again.

Despite hobbling out of Lakeshore Lions Arena wearing a walking cast that ran almost up to his left knee, Colaiacovo must have been relieved to discover that subsequent X-rays showed only a bruise from the puck fired by teammate Dominic Moore during practice yesterday.

According to general manager Cliff Fletcher, Colaiacovo, who might be rested at practice today, should be able to suit up when the Maple Leafs play host to the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre.

Of course, his ego might be bruised more than his foot is, given Wilson's recent salvos concerning Colaiacovo's conditioning. Or, in this case, a lack thereof.

For the second time this week, Wilson suggested Colaiacovo's injury-plagued history likely correlates with his lagging physical condition.

"The big thing with Carlo -- and I tell him that every day -- is that: 'You're not in very good shape. It leads to all the other issues in the past', " Wilson said candidly, adding the organization is working with Colaiacovo to improve that part of his preparation.

Because of his various injuries, Colaiacovo, the 17th overall pick in the 2001 entry draft, has never played more than 48 games in an NHL season, that coming in the 2006-'07 campaign.

Colaiacovo becomes the second member of the 2007-08 Leafs to be called out for his poor physical condition by his coach.

During Vancouver Canucks training camp, Kyle Wellwood was accused of that by bench boss Alain Vigneault. He became the whipping boy of Vancouverites, earning nicknames such as Kyle Wellfed.

But after clearing waivers twice, a trimmer Wellwood, happy to get a new lease on life, has rebounded with the Canucks and leads the team in goals with eight.

A year ago, critics claimed the Leafs operated in a country club atmosphere. Obviously this gives new meaning to the term "fat cats."


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