Sked irks Wilson

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson isn't thrilled that the NHL schedule makers having his team face the Dallas Stars tonight on a back-to-back, after flying home following a game in the deep south last night, which was the third game in a five-game road trip. The Stars, meanwhile, have had two full days off since playing in Ottawa on Saturday.

But Wilson said all they can do is make the best of it.

"Maybe we'll be in rythm though,"he said. "A lot of times you don't feel as fatigued when you're playing well. So that's all I can hope for. We seem to have a lot of energy right now.

All you do worry about is weather issues right now. What time are we going to get back (to Toronto Tuesday morning)? Is there going to be more snow? What time do you get in? Three? Two? One? Nobody knows until you actually go through it."

CRACKING EGGS

Atlanta Thrashers coach John Anderson, who played 12 seasons in the NHL, most with the Leafs, was asked yesterday if he remembered his first game as a Leaf (when the subject of rookie Justin Pogge starting his first game last night came up).

"I was in Toronto and I was playing with Inge Hammerstrom and I pulled up at the blueline and gave him a pass and he scored. So it was pretty exciting for me," he said.

Anderson was then asked if he remembered Inge Hammerstrom having "eggs in his pocket" -- a reference to then Toronto owner Harold Ballard complaining about Hammerstrom's non-physical play. Ballard suggested that Hammerstrom was so soft, he could go into the corners with eggs in his pocket and not break any.

"Oh my goodness. I can't believe you remember Harold Ballard saying that," Anderson said. "Inge was a highly, highly skilled guy and I don't think he was afraid out there. I don't think he was the most physical player but I can't throw stones because I wasn't either. But he was a tremendously skilled player and I enjoyed playing with him."

SHOOTING FROM THE HIP

Wilson was asked if he was going to finally name a captain now that Mats Sundin officially has signed elsewhere (the Vancouver Canucks). Wilson said he is going to stick with the rotation of five assistants and not name a captain right now.

"We don't have a dominant personality in that (dressing) room yet who can handle all the bull.... (that comes with being the captain in Toronto)," Wilson said.


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