Joey MacDonald couldn't miss the large media crowd surrounding Jonas Gustavsson in the dressing room yesterday.
Forgive MacDonald for thinking he's the definite starter tomorrow night in Vancouver, but a solid, pain-free practice by Gustavsson and a possible change of heart by coach Ron Wilson could see a faster return by The Monster.
Gustavsson had his most thorough workout yet as he overcomes a groin injury. While getting back tomorrow could be a stretch, he should be ready to play on Monday.
"It's hard to say, I need more practices," Gustavsson said of rushing things.
Four goalies were on the ice yesterday and on the flight west, MacDonald, Gustavsson, Vesa Toskala and tomorrow's back-up, James Reimer. Toskala is working through a knee injury and stayed out the least amount of time yesterday.
Luke Schenn's benching late in last week's loss to the Rangers raises the question of Wilson making a significant lineup change tomorrow. But sitting the former Kelowna Rockets star in his first game in B.C. since making the NHL would be a shocker. Today's practice in Vancouver should shed some light.
No tamper tantrum
Brian Burke played down his clashes with Vancouver counterpart Mike Gillis, who put the NHL on to the Leafs for tampering allegations at the draft. "I haven't paid much attention to any of that stuff," Burke said. "We were never formally notified of any claims, and they were summarily dismissed by the NHL."