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Leafs back in action after Olympic break

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer, right, saves a shot as Washington Capitals right winger Joel Ward, left, and Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly close in during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Nov. 23, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

After a 19-day Olympic break, the Toronto Maple Leafs are back on the ice on Thursday night, playing the Islanders in New York.

There’s a lot of talk about the return of Leafs centre David Boland. It’s been almost four months since he suffered a severed ankle tendon in a game back in November 2013.

He’ll be on the trip to New York, but likely won’t play.

“I don’t doubt that David Boland can end up coming back and be the same player he was before he got hurt,” Leafs general manager Dave Nonis told Sportsnet 590 the FAN.

“Whether he’s able to do that in the next two or three weeks, that remains to be seen, but we’re pretty hopeful that he’s going to get back to full speed and be able to help us down the stretch.”

The Leafs are into the final stretch of games this season, with 22 games to go on the road to the playoffs.

The team says both Phil Kessel and James van Reimsdyk have been cleared medically to play post Olympics. Both players have practiced with the team, but they’re still dealing with travel-related issues like jet lag from Sochi.