Bug bugs Williams

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

Jeremy Williams is one frustrated Maple Leaf.

The hard-shooting winger was hoping to return to the Toronto lineup last night for the matchup against the Colorado Avalanche after missing a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury.

But that was not to be.

"I picked up a bug the other day and they don't want it to spread," Williams admitted after the Leafs morning skate at the Pepsi Center.

"It's tough sitting out and watching the guys play. You want to get in there so bad."

Williams hopes to return to action tomorrow when the Leafs host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Air Canada Centre.

"He's not ready to come off injured reserve yet," coach Ron Wilson said.

Defenceman Jeff Finger, meanwhile, returned to the lineup last night after missing seven games with a torn biceps.

Double take

Leafs forward Matt Stajan was looking forward to lining up against his long-time teammate Darcy Tucker last night.

Of course, it would take a while for Stajan to get accustomed to seeing Tucker in Colorado duds.

"Darcy was in Toronto so long, you just got used to having him wear blue-and-white," Stajan said yesterday morning. "I'm sure when I see him, I'll be doing a little bit of a double take."

Tough lesson

While many observers figured the world was ending when Justin Pogge, the Leafs goalie of the future, was rocked in a 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild Tuesday, Wilson saw the glass being half full.

"It's good for these kids to go through some adversity like that," Wilson said. "It was only one game. The important thing is to see how he rebounds."

The same goes for rookie defenceman Luke Schenn.

Schenn had one of his poorest games of the season against the Wild, often caught out of position while attempting to create offence.

"He played like he thought he was still in the Young Stars game," Wilson said. "That's not his game."

Schenn agreed.

"Defensive responsibilities come first," Schenn said. "That's what I have to concentrate on."


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