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Belfour back in action

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by John McCauley


Ed Belfour says he's ready to play.
Graig Abel Photography
TORONTO -- Ed Belfour gets his second start of the preseason Friday night in Buffalo after clearing up what was a undisclosed physical problem.

"I'm fine," Belfour said. "It's just little maintenance stuff you have to keep on top of. It's nothing to worry about."

The veteran netminder was a game-day scratch prior to Wednesday's 3-3 tie with the Sabres.

"I'm always dealing with little things -- the groin and stuff like that -- nothing major," said Belfour, who declined to specify what the injury was. "As you go through camp, there's always little things that come up, for me anyway."

BOUND FOR THE ROCK

Thing don't look good for former first-round pick Brad Boyes when it comes to possibly making the Leafs.

The smooth-skating centre is among players assigned for the St. John's Maple Leafs AHL exhibition games Friday and Saturday in Thunder Bay, Ont., against the Manitoba Moose.

Others on their way: goaltenders Sebastien Centomo, J.F. Racine and Mike Minard, defencemen Regan Kelly, Jay Harrison, Chris Barr, Vaclav Zavoral, Ryan Bonni, Allan Rourke, Christian Chartier, and forwards Bob Wren, Nathan Barrett, Brad Leeb, Luca Cereda, Jonathan Gagnon, Riley Cote, Craig Mills, Carsen Germyn, Morgan Warren, Rob Palahnuk.

None of these players have been officially cut but it gives a good indication of management evaluations. The official word on their status is expected to come down Sunday when GM/coach Pat Quinn brings his numbers down to 30.

Young defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo has had such a strong camp Quinn is taking a longer look at the defenceman.

Shayne Corson will make his pre-season debut against the Sabres after missing some time with a strained hip flexor. Defenceman Ric Jackman is day-to-day basis after aggravating an ankle injury that limited him to just 11 games last season.
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