CALGARY -- Maple Leafs centre Wayne Primeau made his first trip to the Saddledome since leaving the team in the off-season. But after an injury-riddled two-plus seasons here, the Toronto native doesn't have many fond memories of Cowtown.
Battling a nagging ankle injury, Primeau played just 67 games in the past two seasons, leading to speculation he would retire.
The Leafs acquired him in a July trade and Primeau has found new life in Toronto.
"During the season last year when I was injured, I worked with (Flames strength and conditioning coach) Rich Hesketh a lot trying to make myself available for the playoffs and give myself an outside chance," Primeau said. "I never quit working out. I was on the bike once or twice a day, trying to hopefully come back.
"I feel things have finally made a turn in the right direction."
Viktor Stalberg returned to the Leafs lineup last night after missing four games with a minor shoulder injury. That meant a night off for Rickard Wallin, who had played in the previous four games.
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Coach Ron Wilson's plan to do away with morning skates may be picking up steam, due in part to the amount of travel. The Leafs have scrapped game-day skates in two of their past three games.