Stalberg's cobwebs clear

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

Two welcome faces were on the ice at the Mastercard Centre yesterday for the Leafs.

Speedy rookie winger Viktor Stalberg, their top pre-season scorer, who had an assist in two games before getting rocked by an Anton Volchenkov hit six days ago, was moving with ease at practice and could play tomorrow against Colorado.

"He has to take the baseline tests (today)," said coach Ron Wilson, of a check for concussion symptoms that are measured against Stalberg's healthy training camp exam. "The hard part is: Can you get a doctor on Thanksgiving to do the test? If not, hopefully he's tested Tuesday and cleared."

As the Senators' Volchenkov laid out their son, Maria and Eddy Stalberg were packing in Sweden to see Viktor play in the NHL for the first time, intending to be at the ACC on Saturday against the Penguins. They cancelled their trip and hope to re-book for later this month.

"I haven't had any symptoms since it happened," Stalberg said. "It was a scare (he had short-term memory loss), but next day it felt good and it's been better every day.

"(Head injuries) are a big problem these days and you have to be careful what you do."

Centre Wayne Primeau also was working out, though he had to avoid any collisions in the contact portion of drills as he lets a shoulder injury heal. He has been out a week and Wilson says it will likely be another seven days before he's ready.

Meanwhile, goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (groin) remains on injured reserve for a few more days.

lance.hornby@sunmedia.ca


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