Owen Nolan: I'm 100%
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Owen Nolan was on the defensive on Wednesday amid reports that a hairline fracture in his vertebrae and a bulging disc could limit his playing time this season.
Nolan told reporters that he made the remarks about his back in a joking manner and emphatically denied any health problems.
I don’t have a back problem, he told TSN. I’m 100 per cent healthy.
Nolan told The Fan 590 all-sports radio station that he would play through the pain and hold off surgery until it was absolutely necessary.
Nolan, acquired by the Leafs at the trade deadline last March, endured back and hip problems during the 2003 playoffs.
The Leafs are holding a pre-season camp in Stockholm and Helsinki.