Always exciting to get a nothing imminent update, but we’ll take what we can get around these parts…
Mike Babcock says John Tavares will likely return to the #leafs lineup before Zach Hyman. Neither is expected back this weekend.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 29, 2019
So that’s a bit of news. Tavares is just passing over the two week mark now, which was considered the earliest that he’d return, the fact that he won’t be available against Philadelphia this weekend isn’t a huge shock, but it creates a sense of optimism that he could be back against Los Angeles next week. I for one welcome the end of the Jason Spezza/Freddie Gauthier third line center era.
As for Hyman, well, that seems to be a lot more up in the air. We know we’ll see Tavares before Hyman, so that’s something, but it certainly feels like Hyman isn’t going to be slotted in next week, which is too bad, because he too is greatly missed in the lineup and his return gives Toronto a fully functional death star, at least until the Leafs finally let Morgan Rielly deal with what’s bothering him …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation