TORONTO - To play with your heart or your head: It's a fine line hockey players deal with every time they step on the ice in games and even in practice, apparently.
And it's an issue Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle felt obliged to address again on Thursday as he ran the risk of losing another front-line forward.
On the eve of David Clarkson's return from the 10-game suspension that has achingly delayed his debut with his hometown team, the Leafs coach was faced with the possibility of Joffrey Lupul missing time with a bruised foot after being on the receiving end of a shot in practice.
Differing circumstances, but in each case the "boys will be boys" mentality that has been part of pro hockey since Carlyle played the game was a cause for concern.
First to Lupul, who had the foot examined on Thursday after being nailed with a puck during an up-tempo rush drill. The high-scoring winger was to join the team charter to Columbus for Friday's game against the Blue Jackets, but team officials listed him as "day-to-day" with a bruised foot.