TORONTO - You probably never thought of Leafs centre Tyler Bozak as a high-maintenance player, but his status remained a mystery at practice on Friday.
Held out of Thursday’s game in Florida for what the team described as a “maintenance” day, Bozak was receiving treatment at the MasterCard Centre but not on the ice with his teammates on Friday.
And with the playoffs around the corner, coach Randy Carlyle isn’t about to start issuing a detailed medical report about anyone on his roster.
“I haven’t seen him,” Carlyle said when asked about Bozak’s status and whereabouts on Friday. “He was hidden in the bowels of the training room, so I didn’t even get a chance to see him.”
In Bozak’s absence on Thursday, Nazem Kadri took the centre spot between Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel, who scored two goals in the 4-0 win over the Panthers. That led to the predictable rave reviews of the skilled trio, but don’t expect Carlyle to play his hand in terms of the possibility of keeping the threesome together Saturday and/or beyond.
“At this time of the year, I don’t really tell anybody what I’m doing,” Carlyle said. “Only the players.”