Colborne likely headed to Marlies

TERRY KOSHAN and LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:26 AM ET

TORONTO - Barring a minor miracle, forward Joe Colborne is going to start the 2011-12 season with the Toronto Marlies.

“He is still learning,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said Thursday. “One thing to me is, obviously, he needs to get a little stronger, but he knows that.

“We’re going to be patient with him. He’s learning the game and has tremendous hockey sense. (The NHL) is a man’s game. Everybody is stronger and quicker.”

If the 6-foot-5, 213-pound Colborne is sent down, it likely guarantees a spot for one of Nazem Kadri or Matt Frattin.

How conscious is Colborne of the spots that are available?

“I’m not too worried about it right now,” Colborne said. “I have been trying my best to not pay attention too much to what is going on in the media. When you start doing that, you quit thinking about the game and start worrying about who your linemates are.

“All I can say is I am still here and made it through the first round of cuts. (But) if it was my choice, I would be up here for good.”

MORE CUTS COMING

After a pair of two-hour workouts on Thursday with most of the 47 Leafs still in camp, expect Wilson to make more roster moves after the home-and-home set with the Buffalo Sabres. He wants to be down to approximately 26 players for the final three games.

“We will be down to a number that we can go on the ice and just have one practice,” Wilson jokes, “because I am too old for two practices to be honest with you, “Everybody out there we see as potentially being in the NHL or being call-ups and they should be part of this process as we try to figure out what we are doing as a team.”

LOOSE LEAFS

Wilson on Frattin and Colborne: “They should not feel any pressure at all because they are just beginning their careers.” ... The Leafs officially will unveil their third sweater on Friday. A Sabres’ clothing store in Buffalo beat them to it this week, with the logo bearing a close resemblance to the one the club started wearing in 1967. There appears to be a silver lining in the logo as well ... Wilson said he had no idea when Mike Brown would get through a lower-body injury to re-join full practice ... Defenceman Luke Schenn on the significance of the Sabres’ series: “If look at teams that made the most off-season moves, they’re definitely one of them. They’ve only got better, they have one of the best goalies in the game (Ryan Miller), they’ve added Robyn Regehr and Christian Ehrhoff and a couple of good forwards. And people don’t remember that Derek Roy was out all last season. This will be a big test for us.”


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