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Bozak OK after leaving Maple Leafs practice

Friday, 11.22.2013 / 7:16 PM / News

NHL.com

Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak declared himself fine after reportedly limping off the ice during practice Friday.

"It's all good, just a little bit of a hard skate," Bozak said, according to The Canadian Press. "It's needed, and hopefully I'll feel good [Saturday] morning and go from there."

Bozak sat out the Maple Leafs' game Thursday against the Nashville Predators, the 11th straight he's missed due to a hamstring injury.

Bozak told the Toronto Star after practice he was fine and may return to the lineup Saturday against the Washington Capitals.

"You want to get back out there but at the same time, it's a long season," Bozak said. "There's a ton of hockey still to be played, so you don't want to push yourself and tweak something or get hurt again or even just not be able to play to your ability and hold the team back a little bit."

Bozak has three goals, six points and a plus-5 rating in 11 games. He last played Oct. 25 in a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery