Leafs alerted to H1N1 flu threat

MIKE ZEISBERGER, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:33 PM ET

DALLAS - Keep your hands clean and your minds open.

Until the swine flu vaccine becomes available, that’s all the Maple Leafs can really do to stave off the illness, which has already struck Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj and Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid.

“I don’t know if you can do anything unless you live in a bubble to avoid getting hurt,” coach Ron Wilson said after his team’s morning skate today here at the American Airlines Center. “We have to fly on planes which is one of the worst things you can do where you share the air with people.

“I don’t know if there is anything you can do. The shots have not been made available to us yet so you just cross your fingers and hope people don’t get sick.”

For Jason Blake, who is battling a form of treatable leukemia, heeding medical advice in this situation is vital.

“You have to try and be as careful as you can,” he said. “The doctors have told us about washing our hands and other things.”

Defenceman Mike Komisarek agrees.

“I don’t think you can worry about (discovering other players have it),” Komisarek said. “You just keep a cool head and take the necessary precautions to make sure we don’t come across anything like that.”

Loose Leafs

Nikolai Kulemin has been bumped up to the second line alongside Nik Hagman and John Mitchell for tonight’s contest against the Dallas Stars. He finished the game on that unit during the Leafs 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Monday ... Jonas (The Monster) Gustavsson gets his second consecutive start in goal.


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