Tuesday, April 8
April 8, 11:01 AM ET
Knee injury won't be healed for first round
TORONTO -- Doug Gilmour's knee injury has not healed enough
for him to be in the Toronto Maple Leafs' lineup until the second
round of the playoffs, if at all.
Any hope that the 39-year-old center might rejoin the Leafs late
in their opening-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers was
dashed after an MRI on his left knee. He has medial collateral and
anterior cruciate ligament damage.
''There is no way I can,'' Gilmour said Monday night, dismissing
suggestions that he might be ready for Game 6 or 7. ''Right now
time is dictating when I'll be back. I can't just put a freeze on
everything and go play.''
Gilmour expects to have another MRI in the next two weeks.
''It's frustrating but not altogether unexpected,'' he said.
''Thursday will mark four weeks since the injury and the original
estimate was six weeks.
''I saw the guys yesterday and wished them luck. It's going to
be tough to watch.''
Gilmour's left knee was injured when he collided with the
Calgary Flames' Dave Lowry on March 13.
The Maple Leafs open their best-of-seven series Wednesday night
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