In the short-term, there’s no denying how important Jake Muzzin is to the Leafs.
When he was out of action for a month with a broken foot, the blueline appeared completely lost at times. The team suffered multiple ugly, lopsided defeats due largely to an inability to play in their own end. In his return from the Injured Reserve on Monday, Muzzin logged just under 23 minutes and was a rock defensively for the Leafs, helping the team to a commanding 5-2 victory over the Predators in Nashville.
But what about in the long-term? Having seen how the team performs without their defensive stalwart in the lineup, it’s hard to imagine a Leafs team without Jake Muzzin at this point.
Before Monday’s game, Muzzin spoke to the media and mentioned how he would love to stick around in Toronto…
“The organization, the way they look after us, the guys here, the buzz in the city about hockey is huge,” Muzzin said after Monday’s skate. “Being close to home is always a nice touch, especially with a little one around now. There’s lots of good things here and …
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation