Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/24/11

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 31: Tim Connolly #19 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders on October 31, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Sabres 5-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Toronto Maple Leafs center Tim Connolly practiced in full with the club over the weekend and believes he'll be ready to make his regular-season debut with the club soon.

Connolly, who has missed the first seven games with an upper-body injury suffered during training camp, took part in full-contract practice Sunday.

He told a Toronto newspaper he'll probably need a few more practices to get back into game form before declaring himself fit to return.

The Maple Leafs signed Connolly to a two-year contract worth $9.5 million over the summer. The 30-year-old had spent the previous eight years with the Buffalo Sabres.

Connolly, who had 42 points in 68 games last season, is expected to be the team's No. 1 center.
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