News and Notes: Simmonds injury timeframe confirmed, Thornton looking ready, and Sabourin is officially a Leaf

It’s been an awfully busy morning in Leafs land considering that it’s also a game day. Here’s your rundown…

Sheldon Keefe said Wayne Simmonds broke his wrist. Out six weeks.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 8, 2021

Elliotte Friedman strongly hinted at this being the timeline the Leafs were looking at with Wayne Simmonds, which is incredibly unfortunate. It will apparently be mid to late March before we see him again, the Leafs losing a physical net presence who has been a solid finisher on the power play might be even more difficult to replace than Thornton or Robertson.
While the plan for tonight’s game is to go with 11F/7D, we’ll need to see a 12th forward lineup that works too. Hyman has been moved up to the top powerplay unit, and if the North Division has some heated rivalries forming, I guess Scott Sabourin is the answer for toughness. I’d also expect that we’ll see Joey Anderson get a few more opportunities to see if he really is the next Zach Hyman.

Nick Robertson and Travis Dermott also stuck around for the skate but I didn’t have enough characters to include that
— Kristen …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation