No tear, but Frogren's done

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Jonas Frogren's knee injury is not as serious as the one suffered by fellow Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn, but he could still be lost for the season.

Frogren and Van Ryn both suffered medial collateral ligament damage on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre, after colliding with Edmonton Oilers centre Marc-Antoine Pouliot.

While Van Ryn suffered a tear, an MRI revealed yesterday that Frogren suffered a sprain -- meaning that his recovery time is only about four weeks, as compared to Van Ryn, who is out for about 10 weeks. But even with a four-week recovery time, Frogren likely is lost for the regular season, which ends for the Leafs on April 11 after a game against the Ottawa Senators.

Replays of the Pouliot-Van Ryn collision suggest that the Oilers' forward slew-footed the Leafs defenceman. However, Toronto coach Ron Wilson believes it was unintentional and the club does not plan to ask the NHL to look into it.

Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala, meanwhile, underwent surgery on Monday night to repair a labrum tear in his hip. The procedure was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon at the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Vail, Colorado and the Finn's rehabilitation time is expected to be 12 weeks.

Philippon was recently in the news after operating on New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, who also had a hip injury.

Toskala also is scheduled to undergo a surgical procedure on his groin later this spring and should be ready for the start of next season's training camp.

The Leafs are expecting veteran defencemen Tomas Kaberle (broken hand) and Erik Reitz (foot) back for next week's road swing to Tampa Bay, Florida and Montreal, although forward Niklas Hagman (concussion) is not expected back any time soon. Reitz was picked up on waivers from the New York Rangers on March 4 and has yet to play for the Leafs.

The Leafs have called up a pair of youngsters on defence, Phil Oreskovic and Anton Stralman, with Kaberle and Reitz out.


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