Kaberle coming back

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

The Maple Leafs could have veteran defenceman Tomas Kaberle back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames at the Air Canada Centre.

Kaberle went down with a hand injury on March 3 against the New Jersey Devils and has missed the last four games.

As well, forward Niklas Hagman, who has missed the past six games with a concussion, could be back for Saturday's game as well.

Defenceman Erik Reitz, who was claimed off waivers from the New York Rangers on March 4, is expected to be back in time for next week's three-game trip.

Heward hoping to play

Defenceman Jamie Heward, who was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay on March 4, is hoping to get into the lineup before the season is over. Heward suffered a concussion on Jan. 1 when he was hit into the boards by Washington star Alex Ovechkin. It was not the 37-year-old's first concussion, but it was the toughest to deal with for the Regina native, who played for the Leafs during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons.

"I'm having some different feelings with this (concussion)," Heward said. "It's not responding to rest the way that the others did. The headaches lasted a little bit longer -- the fogginess, the dizziness, the confusion all were a problem. But that's all starting to go away now. At least I can get on the bike and see what happens in the next little while.

"I'm hoping to get on the ice next week while the team's on the road," Heward added. "If I can have a good week of skating, then it's just a matter of getting into shape and seeing what I can do after that."

Heward becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and is hoping to continue playing. If not, he wants to coach at some level.

Big Phil turning heads

Rookie defenceman Phil Oreskovic has turned some heads in his two games with the Leafs. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Brampton native came up from the Marlies with the reputation as a strong defensive defenceman and a tough guy (he won a decision over the New York Islanders' Tim Jackman in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime victory at the ACC). But it's his skating that has surprised some people. He credits Leafs skating coach, Graeme Townshend, with helping him in that regard

"Graeme's a tremendous, tremendous skating coach and he relates a lot of (practice) situations to game situations, which is nice because it doesn't get repetitive," Oreskovic said.

Oreskovic said his teammates have pulled a couple of practical jokes on him, basically to keep him loose, such as placing a C on his jersey.


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