Veteran defenceman Tomas Kaberle won't be playing tonight against the Calgary Flames at the Air Canada Centre. Kaberle reinjured his hand March 3 and coach Ron Wilson said earlier this week that he was hoping to have the Czech back tonight. But Kaberle did not participate in the regular practice yesterday at Lakeshore Lions Arena, instead working out with skating coach Graeme Townshend prior to practice, as did winger Niklas Hagman, who will also not be returning to the lineup any time soon. Hagman suffered his second concussion of the season on Feb. 26.
Wilson waved aside suggestions that, given the nature of his injury, it would be a good idea to shut down Hagman for the season.
"If he can't play, he can't play. It will all be a medical (staff decision). We're not going to shut down a guy who can play," Wilson said. "If he gets to the point where he can play the last 6-7 games, if he's 100% healthy, then he'll play. And that's the same with Kaberle."
Deep into the minors
The Leafs re-assigned goaltender James Reimer from the ECHL's Reading Royals to the South Carolina Stingrays. In 22 games with the Royals this season, Reimer posted a 10-7-2 record with a 3.30 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. The 6-2, 208-pound netminder also appeared in two games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, notching a 1-1-0 record with a 2.91 goals against average and a .870 save percentage. Reimer, a 20-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was the Maple Leafs' third choice, 99th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Olie the happy goalie
Goaltender Olaf Kolzig, who was traded to the Leafs on March 4 from the Tampa Bay Lightning but won't play this season after undergoing biceps tendon surgery to his left arm, said he is leaning towards retirement, but isn't bitter about being traded in what was essentially a salary dump.
"When everything is said and done, I can say I finished my career with the Leafs and my last game was a win in Montreal," he said. "That's not a bad way to finish."