It just gets worse for the Leafs
RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
|Leaf Mike Komisarek is a question mark for the Leafs. Do they pay his big contract or do they pass. The Toronto Maple Leafs practiced at the Mastercard Centre in Etobicoke on Thursday September 29, 2011. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)
The appearance of James Reimer on the ice was the lone ray of sunshine for the battered Maple Leafs on Friday.
Reimer, out since suffering a head injury Oct. 22, against Montreal, last practised on Oct. 26 in Manhattan.
Toronto’ starting goalie, 4-0-1 on the season, was on the ice for about 15 minutes, taking shots from assistant coaches.
Head coach Ron Wilson cautioned Reimer’s conditioning has fallen behind due to his absence and he is still at least 10 days away from returning to action.
The team’s most recently sidelined skaters will miss more than that.
Wilson said defenceman Mike Komisarek and forward Matthew Lombardi will both miss at least three weeks due to undisclosed upper body injuries. Lombardi appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Nashville.
Colby Armstrong remains out long-term, while Mikhail Grabovski is a couple of weeks away from game action.
Wilson said Mike Brown (upper body and all-around soreness) should be available either Saturday against Washington or Sunday in Carolina while Clarke MacArthur is hoping for a Sunday or Tuesday return when Leafs are in Tampa.
Ben Scrivens will start against the Capitals.
Wilson said call-ups would be made from the Marlies following their Friday night clash with Rochester.
No decisions had been made about who would get the call and Wilson noted that a number of Marlies have only recently recovered from the medical ward themselves, including centre Joe Colborne, who was expected to play on Friday.