Hagman to be tested

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman, who has missed two games since suffering a concussion on Dec. 6 against the Washington Capitals, was scheduled to undergo a follow-up baseline test yesterday to determine whether he will be able to play in Saturday's game in Pittsburgh.

Baseline tests, which consist of word memory and reaction-time examinations, are administered to athletes before the season begins and then a post-injury test is conducted on an athlete who suffered a concussion to compare with the first test to see if there is a deviation.

"If he passes that, then he'll be given the green light to skate full in practice (today), with body contact, and we're hoping he'll be ready for Saturday," coach Ron Wilson said yesterday.

Defenceman Jonas Frogren, who suffered an elbow injury on Nov. 22 against Chicago and has missed the past nine games, will be ready to play tomorrow in Boston against the Bruins, although Wilson may opt to remain with the defence group he has now.

WEIRD FEELING

Many of the veterans inside the Leafs dressing room were hoping Mats Sundin would be returning to Toronto. But now that it's obvious he is not, most wish him the best. Sundin, 37, played 13 seasons for Toronto but is a free agent and is expected to announce his signing with either the New York Rangers or Vancouver Canucks, as early as today.

"For sure it would be weird to see Mats in another uniform. You see that with any player when they change teams after being somewhere for so long, especially when that guy's the face of that organization," former linemate Matt Stajan said, "But he has the right to make his own decision and he has earned that and I wish him all the best if he goes somewhere else. If he comes here, it would be great, too."

ANKLE SKATERS

It's obvious that one of Wilson' pet peeves is being asked about a new or rookie player every time one of them has a decent game -- as has been the case this week with a pair of Marlies callups, defenceman Jaime Sifers and forward Jeremy Williams, both of whom have played well in the two games they've seen action with the Leafs.

"Well, we can bring up pretty much anybody and they're going to be able to play in the NHL. It's not like guys skate on their ankles in the minors and have no chance of playing in the NHL," Wilson said. "But what is nice, and it's good for all the people in the Marlies, is when you get called up you're going to get a decent chance to show what you can do and we're not going to put you on the end of the bench."


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