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Reimer says knee is improving, but return date remains unclear

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer puts on his face mask during the team's training camp in Toronto on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

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James Reimer says he is getting better but does not want to predict when he will get back in goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It feels like gets better and feels real comfortable every day," Reimer said after testing his strained left knee in a full practice Friday for the first time since he was injured on Jan. 11.

He described his status as "day-to-day," although it looks like he has at least another 10 days to spend on the sidelines.

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"Hopefully, we can keep going and come back real soon," Reimer said. "I wish I could tell you I can come back today, tomorrow, Monday or the next but unfortunately I can't. It gets better every day and I'm happy with that."

Reimer accompanied the Leafs on their two-game road trip, which starts Saturday in Ottawa against the injury-riddled Senators and ends Monday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers. But he will only be practising with his teammates. There is no thought of him playing.

"When a player can come back and take his first few steps, it has to be measured steps," Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said. "[Reimer] is in a position now that he's got to tell us what his body is telling him. The healing process is taking place and now it's time to get back up to speed with our hockey club."

The news did not appear to be as promising about another injured Leaf player, forward Colton Orr, although Carlyle tried to say it was a good sign he was able to at least skate for a few minutes Friday. But Orr left the ice quickly and did not take part in the Leafs' practice.

It looks like Orr was injured Thursday in the Leafs' morning skate before their 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. All the Leafs will say is that he suffered a lower-body injury and he had a magnetic resonance imaging test Friday morning.

"We haven't got the results back yet but that was another positive that [Orr] was able to skate a little bit," Carlyle said.

While the Leafs are away on their road trip, injured winger Joffrey Lupul and several Leafs alumni will play host to the team's annual Skate For Easter Seals. Lupul and Leaf greats Wendel Clark, Johnny Bower and Darryl Sittler among others will skate with fans who show up at the Air Canada Centre between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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A native of Wainfleet, Ont., David Shoalts joined The Globe in 1984 after working at the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun and Toronto Sun. He graduated in 1978 from Conestoga College and also attended the University of Waterloo. More

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