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Kubina pleased wth progress


Pavel Kubina makes no promises.

But the healing Maple Leafs defenceman is not ruling out a return to the lineup as early as Monday when the struggling Philadelphia Flyers make their first visit of the season to the Air Canada Centre.

While hoping to be back so soon might be a bit premature, Kubina is pleased with the progress the knee had made since he stepped back on to the ice earlier this week.Kubina, 29, suffered a strain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee when he became entangled with the Florida Panthers' Todd Bertuzzi during a game in Toronto Oct. 9.

"There were questions, especially after Monday when I skated for the first time with the team with a big brace," said Kubina, who signed a four-year, $20-million US contract with the Leafs during the summer. "We were waiting to see how the knee would react and it was fine."
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That's good news. He played well when in the line-up, and his return will only help the team on the blueline. :thumbsup:
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Kubina Almost Ready

Maple Leafs' Kubina to return Thursday

Canadian Press

11/6/2006 3:44:43 PM

TORONTO (CP) - Pavel Kubina's life is about to change and it has nothing to do with his rapid recovery from a knee injury.

The Czech defenceman's wife, Andrea, is scheduled to give birth to the couple's first child in the next week and he's looking more forward to that than his impending return to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup.

"It's my first child and you don't know what to expect," the soon-to-be father said after practice on Monday.

Kubina collided awkwardly with Florida's Todd Bertuzzi during the fourth game of the season and was diagnosed with a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Doctors expected him to be out of the lineup for as long as six weeks, but it will have been slightly more than four when he returns Thursday for Toronto's game in Boston.

He attributes the quick return to the team's strength specialists and his own hard work. Kubina started riding a stationary bike two days after suffering the injury.
Congrats to them on their up-coming child.

And finally, it could be the end of Wade Belak on the blueline... unless Maurice is like Quinn and it's Bell or White who go instead. :p
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