Hagman glad to be back

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

While he may not be up to the speed he showed earlier in the season, Nik Hagman is just happy to be skating with a clear head.

After missing 13 games because of a concussion between Feb. 28 and March 27, Hagman has a goal and two assist in the five games since his return, including an assist last night.

But getting back into action was important both physically and psychologically.

"Some players like (Boston's Patrice Bergeron), it takes so long for them to come back and other guys have had to retire after concussions so I was obviously concerned," Hagman said after the morning skate yesterday. "Once you get (a concussion), you can't help but hope everything will be back to normal. It's a huge relief."

The last thing Hagman wanted to do was head into the off-season with lingering doubt.

"For me to get a chance to get to play these last games, obviously, it's good mentally that I feel 100% normal and don't have to spend the whole summer worrying that something isn't going to be right."

One last Cujo show

Leafs coach Ron Wilson said he is considering starting Curtis Joseph for tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Air Canada Centre.

Wilson said he would like to give Joseph one more home game before the season ends. It is unlikely that the popular veteran will return to the team next fall.

Rookie show

When Christian Hanson made his NHL debut this past Friday in Philadelphia, he was the 10th rookie to dress for a game this season for the Leafs.

It started with Luke Schenn, John Mitchell, Nikolai Kulemin and Jonas Frogren on opening night in Detroit and since then the Leafs lead the league in rookie games this season with 362 prior to last night.

Loose Leafs

Back-to-back games have not been a high point in the schedule for the Leafs in recent weeks. In fact, Toronto has lost both ends of the past two such situations: To Philadelphia and Montreal this past weekend and to Buffalo and Boston the previous week. The Leafs return home to play Buffalo tonight ... As expected, veteran Brad May was a healthy scratch last night so that he could reach his milestone 1,000th career game tonight at home against the Sabres, the team that selected him 14th overall in the 1990 draft.


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