Brown, Armstrong ready to return

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 PM ET

TORONTO - The Maple Leafs should get a burst of energy on Tuesday night against the New York Islanders.

Forward Mike Brown will be in the lineup after missing nine games with a shoulder injury, and Colby Armstrong, who missed four games because of blurred vision, was expected to get medical clearance on Tuesday morning.

The two were on a line with Darryl Boyce at practice on Monday.

A blood spot on Armstrong’s right eye has cleared up, and he agreed it might have been the result of a sucker-punch from Ben Eager, then of the Atlanta Thrashers, on Jan. 7.

“Maybe,” Armstrong said. “I just chalk it up to bad luck. In science class, when you look at a drop on a slide through a microscope, just the way it sits there, I could see one spot like that. It messed with my overall vision.”

Armstrong, as coach Ron Wilson has said, will get the ‘A’ vacated by Tomas Kaberle.

“It still blows me away that I get to put the jersey on all the time,” Armstrong said. “To wear a letter would be a huge honour.”

With Armstrong and Brown in full workout mode, Joey Crabb and Christian Hanson were the odd men out at practice.

Get outside

Leafs general manager Brian Burke told several hundred fans at the MasterCard Centre during a question-and-answer period that the Leafs have told the NHL that in the near future, they want to play host to an all-star game, a draft and an outdoor game.

There will not be an outdoor game at the Rogers Centre. It would have to be at BMO Field, which would need seats added to its capacity of 22,100.

“We’ve told the league we would like to host all three, but (with) the Rogers Centre, they can not guarantee that the dome can open and retract in the winter,” Burke said.

Lebda limping

Defenceman Brett Lebda was helped off the ice during practice after he was hit by a slapshot.

“He had a bruise on the side of his leg,” assistant coach Tim Hunter said. “Our trainers don’t suspect it is anything too serious.”

If Lebda is unable to play against the Islanders, one of Korbinian Holzer, Matt Lashoff or Simon Gysbers could be summoned from the Marlies.

Loose Leafs

Goalie Jonas Gustavsson is ready to return after recovering from another heart ablation procedure, but Hunter hinted that Gustavsson might get more seasoning with the Marlies. Either Gustavsson or Ben Scrivens will back up James Reimer against the Islanders ... As much as he loved watching the HBO series 24/7 featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, Burke said Leafs fans won’t be able to watch their team in the same kind of setting, saying he would not allow cameras into the Leafs dressing room ... Joe Colborne, acquired from the Boston Bruins in the Kaberle trade, scored two goals in the Marlies’ 6-4 win over San Antonio on Monday ... Leafs prospect Greg McKegg was named OHL player of the week after recording four goals and four assists in three games for the Erie Otters.


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