Leafs Report

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Blake reflects

The sobering impact of swine flu hit home for Jason Blake this week.

At least close to it.

Blake was on hand Monday when 13-year-old Evan Frustaglio, his former Etobicoke neighbour, was laid to rest after passing away from the H1N1 virus.

"I went to the funeral the other day but I haven't spoken to the family," Blake said, feeling the Frustaglios need their time to mourn.

Blake, who was diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer just two years ago during his first season with Toronto, said such tragedies allows one to decide what really is important in life. Frustaglio, after all, used to play ball hockey in Blake's driveway.

"I don't think it's just the swine flu," Blake said. "I think it just puts everything in perspective. Every day is a gift. Especially when you have kids.

"It's devastating for the family. My heart goes out to them. I just think the nature of us, we live for tomorrow instead of today.

"My wife has taught me that over and over. Live for today. Tomorrow might never come. I think that's the biggest thing.

"My wife has been a teacher for me. You just worry about things in everyday life.

"It's a terrible thing."

Loose Leafs

Goalie Jonas Gustavsson was seen practising his puckhandling and shooting skills with Vesa Toskala yesterday. Gustavsson's ill-fated clearing attempt in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning resulted in a Vinny Lecavalier goal, reason enough for him to work on that aspect of the game.


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