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Gilmour, Roberts Leave Leafs

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
VANCOUVER (CP) - Doug Gilmour returned to Toronto on Friday to have his injured left knee examined by doctors.

"We'll have our medical people have a closer look to fully assess what damage is there," said Pat Quinn, the Maple Leafs coach and general manager. "I won't know anything until they look at him.

"It was serious enough, it was not anything we could look after here."

Gilmour left from Calgary, where the Leafs played Thursday night, losing 4-3 in overtime. The rest of the Leafs travelled to Vancouver where they play the Canucks on Saturday night.

Gilmour, obtained from the Montreal Canadiens at Tuesday's trade deadline, didn't have crutches when he got off the plane in Toronto but he did have a pronounced limp.

Leafs winger Gary Roberts, suffering from a groin injury, accompanied Gilmour.

Asked whether he thought he would play again this season, Gilmour said: "How would I know?"

Gilmour then left without further comment.

There's concern that Gilmour's career could be over if there is serious ligament damage to the knee. He has indicated he will probably retire after this season.

The 39-year-old centre was making his much-anticipated return to the Maple Leafs on Thursday night when he collided with Calgary forward Dave Lowry early in the second period and injured his knee. Gilmour, who starred with the Leafs from 1992 to '97, was slow to recover then crawled on his knees back to the Toronto bench and didn't return. He left the arena on crutches.

Quinn refused to speculate if Gilmour had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

"I'm not a medical person," he said. "That's what is going to be looked at."

Toronto's Tie Domi said he talked to Gilmour that night in Calgary.

"He's tough," said Domi. "He wasn't walking on the crutch and already said it felt better."

Roberts, who missed the first half of the season following double shoulder surgery, suffered the groin injury during a game Monday in Edmonton.

"We all felt he was making some progress," said Quinn. "He seemed to feel suddenly it wasn't getting better and started to hurt a bunch more. He tried to push through it but sometimes that's not the best thing to do."

The Leafs also will be without Alexander Mogilny. The team's leading scorer returned home Thursday for personal reasons.

"It's a private situation," said Quinn. "He came yesterday after our skate and asked if he could get home, he needed to look after some things. He's gone and won't rejoin us until we get back home."

The Canucks will play Saturday without goaltender Dan Cloutier (knee sprain) and defenceman Mattias Ohlund (knee surgery). Forward Artem Chubarov (abdominal sprain) will be a game time decision.
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