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Nolan hasn't received $5.6M option from Leafs

TORONTO -- The contract dispute between Owen Nolan and
the Toronto Maple Leafs apparently has advanced to the next
step.

Owen Nolan Nolan

According to a report on The Sports Network of Canada's Web site Thursday, the
NHL Players Association filed a grievance with the league on
behalf of Nolan, who did not receive the $5.6 million contract
option for 2004-05 from the Maple Leafs.

The Maple Leafs decided not to pay Nolan, believing the torn ACL
and MCL the right wing suffered was not hockey-related.
However, the five-time All-Star believes Toronto misdiagnosed
the injuries, which originally occurred in April 2004 and were
surgically repaired on July 26.

That month, The Toronto Star reported the Maple Leafs filed
paperwork with the NHL to buy out Nolan's contract in case they
lost a grievance with the union.

The first overall pTORONTO -- The contract dispute between Owen Nolan and
the Toronto Maple Leafs apparently has advanced to the next
step.

According to a report on The Sports Network of Canada's Web site Thursday, the
NHL Players Association filed a grievance with the league on
behalf of Nolan, who did not receive the $5.6 million contract
option for 2004-05 from the Maple Leafs.

The Maple Leafs decided not to pay Nolan, believing the torn ACL
and MCL the right wing suffered was not hockey-related.
However, the five-time All-Star believes Toronto misdiagnosed
the injuries, which originally occurred in April 2004 and were
surgically repaired on July 26.

That month, The Toronto Star reported the Maple Leafs filed
paperwork with the NHL to buy out Nolan's contract in case they
lost a grievance with the union.

The first overall pick of Quebec in 1990, Nolan has reached the
20-goal plateau nine times during his 14-year career. The
33-year-old native of Ireland scored a career-high 44 tallies
with San Jose in 1999-00 and has 349 goals in 915 games with the
Maple Leafs, Sharks and Quebec-Colorado franchise.ick of Quebec in 1990, Nolan has reached the
20-goal plateau nine times during his 14-year career.

The
33-year-old native of Ireland scored a career-high 44 tallies
with San Jose in 1999-00 and has 349 goals in 915 games with the
Maple Leafs, Sharks and Quebec-Colorado franchise.