Blake feeling better

ROB LONGLEY

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

The Leafs are taking the cautious approach with forward Jason Blake, who suffered a mild concussion in Tuesday's loss to Atlanta.

Blake, who missed Thursday's game against Ottawa, is will likely be out again for tonight's Air Canada Centre contest against the Flyers.

Coach Ron Wilson said he expects that Blake will join the team for the three-game western road trip, which begins on Monday against the Los Angeles Kings.

"He wasn't feeling well until (yesterday)," Wilson said. "We don't want to err there. Another knock and he could be out for a month."

It is likely that both Blake and Andre Deveaux, who was called up from the Marlies to replace him, will make the trip west. As well, Wilson said the team will likely carry an additional defenceman now that they are down to six on the roster.

STEEN MOVES UP

He had fallen to the fourth line with the Leafs before being traded to St. Louis but the Blues wasted little time taking a look at Alex Steen.

The former first-round pick made his Blues debut Wednesday against Colorado and centred the team's top line with Keith Tkachuk and Brad Boyes. While the move was essentially made as a fill-in for injured Andy McDonald, St. Louis coach Andy Murray said Steen will be given every opportunity to prove himself.

"There were times last year when (the Leafs) played him with (Mats) Sundin," Murray said of Steen, who logged 18:55 against the Avalanche. "We've got some guys coming back who are top-six guys, so right now that's the spot that's open."

Carlo Colaiacovo, who came with Steen as the two-player package for Lee Stempniak, was partnered with Jay McKee and was on the ice for 13:55.

HOME-TOWN BOY

Leafs centre Dominic Moore said yesterday that one of the advantages to now playing on the team he grew up cheering for is that he gets to meet his boyhood heroes, like Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark and Jim McKenny.

"Of course I only ever saw McKenny play in black and white, before they had colour TVs," Moore joked about the former Leaf defenceman who is now a sportscaster for CITY-TV and wasn't far away in the Lakeshore Lions Arena dressing room yesterday.


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