Leafs Report

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

WILSON'S CATCH 22

Coach Ron Wilson is in a catch 22 with rookie goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, wanting to play him more, but handcuffed by the busy NHL schedule.

"I'd use him more, but I don't want to kill him," Wilson said. "When you're averaging four games a week, it's hard to play the same guy. I don't want a dead man walking by the time the Olympics come around (Gustavsson is backing up Henrik Lundqvist for Sweden). He won't get a break like (fellow goalie Vesa Toskala), so I have to manage his time more carefully."

Wilson also is mindful Gustavsson already needed two heart ablation procedures this season to control a rapid beat. But the schedule eases a bit after this five-game trip ends Saturday in Florida, with the next eight games spread over 20 days.

LOOSE LEAFS

While the Tampa Lightning scratched No. 2 overall draft pick Victor Hedman yesterday to give him a chance to think about a multitude of recent mistakes, the Leafs were playing their rookie Swede, Carl Gunnarsson, picked 189th in 2007 ... Mike Komisarek's return from an early January shoulder injury has been pushed back a week ... Jason Blake entered last night's game fifth in the NHL in takeaways with 47.


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