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Toronto Maple Leafs star Tomas Kaberle joins teammates on two-game trip

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Toronto Maple Leafs star Tomas Kaberle joins teammates on two-game trip

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"I just like being with the guys again," said Kaberle. The star defenceman hasn't played since sustaining a serious concussion March 2 against New Jersey after a hit from Cam Janssen. He skated alone again Thursday before his team hit the ice for practice.

"It didn't improve much from yesterday," said Kaberle. "So we'll just have to wait and see."

Asked repeatedly when he thought he'd return, he said he didn't know.

"I know I'm not playing tomorrow," Kaberle said of Friday's game at Washington.

There is a slim possibility that Kaberle could play Saturday in Montreal.

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WELLWOOD OUT?: Leafs forward Kyle Wellwood didn't take part in Thursday's practice and it wasn't clear whether he'd be able to go Friday.

"When you take two months off, you're going to be sore after playing back-to-back games," said Leafs head coach Paul Maurice.

Wellwood, who missed 33 games with a sports hernia, returned for last Saturday's game against Ottawa and also played in Tuesday's win over Tampa Bay.

Defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo also missed practice Thursday. It's that time of year again where teams are mum on details so it's anybody's guess whether he'll play Friday.

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PARITY RULES: There's no shortage of teams feeling motivated by what eighth-seeded Edmonton did last spring and that doesn't exclude Toronto.

The feeling is that all bets are off if the Leafs can get in.

"There's a belief probably in everybody's locker-room that now you just have to get in and now you can get to the final," said Leafs head coach Paul Maurice.

"I don't think that there's the gap between No. 8 and No. 1 that there used to be," added Maurice.

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DARCY DECIBEL: Anyone near the Leafs bench during the game hears mostly one voice screaming all the time: Darcy Tucker.

"With our bench, it works well," said Leafs head coach Paul Maurice. "He gets to do it and nobody else has to. He's good at it and I think that's part of what he brings to the personality of our team, we need that.

"He's into the game, he's either running somebody or getting run, and likes to have a chat with the referee, and he likes to talk to the other team."

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Toronto Maple Leafs star Tomas Kaberle joins teammates on two-game trip