Van Ryn's headache

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Given some time to think about it, Mike Van Ryn can't be sure whether he suffered a concussion when he was crushed by the Montreal Canadiens' Tom Kostopoulos during a game on Nov. 8.

"I've had them before and I didn't feel as bad as I have when I've had other ones," Van Ryn said. "I think with getting hit in the head, breaking my nose and losing the teeth, I think it's kind of tough to decide if it's a concussion or if it was just my face being really sore and having a headache from it.

"Anytime you break your nose, you're going to have a headache for a while. I think I got over it well. The fact I've been able to work out as hard as I have, I don't think it's really been an issue."

For the first time since he was hit from behind by Kostopoulos, Van Ryn was back on the ice yesterday, skating for about 20 minutes. But the broken left hand Van Ryn suffered on the hit will keep him out for at least another two weeks, if not longer.

Van Ryn has not seen a replay of the hit and does not plan to watch it.

NO BURKE YET

The hiring of Brian Burke as general manager probably won't be happening for a few days at least, and don't be surprised if Cliff Fletcher remains in place through the weekend.

Burke is with family in Boston and plans to stay there through the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. But this situation probably will get to the point where Burke simply has to come to Toronto to put his name on a contract.

FACEOFF

Tonight: vs. Atlanta, 7:30 p.m., LeafsTV, AM 640

Update: The Thrashers, coming off a 2-0 loss against Columbus, have lost three in a row after tying a franchise-record with five consecutive wins ... Atlanta has 16 points and is currently 15th in the Eastern Conference ... Slava Kozlov, Bryan Little and Ilya Kovalchuk are tied for the team lead in scoring with 17 points each ... At minus-12, defenceman Mathieu Schneider has one of the worst marks in the NHL.

Injuries: Defenceman Zach Bogosian (broken leg) is out.

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"Anytime you break your nose, you're going to have a headache for a while."

Mike Van Ryn on his injuries.


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