Muzzin is out for the rest of the play-in series

Following hours of uncertainty regarding the status of Jake Muzzin’s health, the Leafs confirmed that he is back at the Fairmount Royal York but will not play for the rest of the series.

An update on @MapleLeafs defenceman Jake Muzzin:
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 5, 2020

This is a good outcome to what looked to be a horrific injury sustained by the 31-year-old defender. Based on the NHL’s schedule for the first round commencing on August 11th, that means Muzzin will be out of commission for a week at minimum (assuming the Leafs advance past the Blue Jackets). He will be in quarantine at the hotel for the time being as he regains strength from his ailment.
Muzzin left Tuesday’s game late in the third period after being cross-checked by Pierre-Luc Dubois and had his neck and head collide with the back of Oliver Bjorkstrand’s leg as he fell to the ice. He was taken off on a stretcher following a 15-minute delay.
In the wake of his injury sidelining him for the rest of the series, the Leafs will likely slot in either Rasmus Sandin or Martin Marincin …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Jake Muzzin stretchered off the ice in third period

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin was stretchered off the ice Tuesday evening after he was cross-checked from behind.

Here’s the cross check from Pierre-Luc Dubois on Jake Muzzin. No penalty for Dubois.
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) August 4, 2020

The incident happened with under two minutes left in the game when Muzzin was trying to corral a loose puck behind the Leafs net.
Muzzin was cross-checked from behind by Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois and fell to the ice, but his head and neck collided with the leg of Oliver Bjorkstrand.
Attempting to get up after the incident, Muzzin fell back to the ice where he remained until he was removed.
There was a 15-minute delay as trainers tended to the rearguard.
There’s no word yet on Muzzin’s condition, but this article will be updated as more information becomes available.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

Scary moment in Toronto as Jake Muzzin is stretchered off the ice.
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) August 4, 2020

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

What to expect from Jake Muzzin this summer

When Kyle Dubas acquired Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings in January of 2019 it changed the makeup of not only the Leafs’ blue line, but their entire roster. Muzzin immediately added some nastiness and championship experience to a Leafs team that was short on both, becoming a stabilizing presence on the way to another hard fought playoff series against Boston.
Entering his first full season as a Leaf, Muzzin was slotted in for duty alongside newly acquired Tyson Barrie on a revamped Toronto defensive unit but much like the rest of the team, the pairing struggled to begin the season. Justin Holl eventually took Barrie’s place forming an effective shutdown duo with Muzzin as the Leafs began to turn their season around with Sheldon Keefe at the helm. With Barrie taking a while to adjust to his new surroundings and the pairing of Rielly and Ceci struggling against top competition, Muzzin was the Leafs’ most reliable defenceman for the early part of the season until injury struck at the end of December. He would return after missing a month with a foot injury only to get hurt again 15 games later and was on the injured …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Pregame: Hey, look! It’s Trevor Moore!

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Jake Muzzin, Kyle Clifford, and Jack Campbell and a chance for the Leafs to see what became of Trevor Moore and Carl Grundstrom. (Spoiler: not a heck of a lot.)
The Leafs failure to pick up a win in San Jose should put a lot of pressure on their final two games in California, which unfortunately fall on back to back nights. The Kings would be considered beyond dreadful and in any season that didn’t feature the historic tank job of the Detroit Red Wings, would easily have them in the bottom spot in the league. Jeff Carter being injured really doesn’t help their case for being a NHL team, though somehow they are 6-3-1 in their last 10 and are enjoying a three game winning streak. I blame Gabe Vilardi.
Given that Jack Campbell put up a human performance the other night against the Sharks, the Leafs seem to have opted to avoid homecoming games for Campbell and Andersen, and instead Andersen will face the Kings, and the Campbell will face the Ducks. The decision to forego narrative for a fresh goaltender makes sense, and the Leafs …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Whether you like him or not, Tyson Barrie should probably be traded

It seems that Tyson Barrie has become the Jake Gardiner replacement in more ways than one. He’s been a bit of the defensive whipping boy all season, but with Marincin scratched and Ceci injured, it seems like we are going to need to gear up for a ton of Tyson Barrie takes, and I’m going to get mine out of the way now.

Tyson man. Why?
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 9, 2020
We’ll start with that because it’s clearly the Barrie situation that is freshest and one that has fueled the amount of “Trade Barrie” takes that exist at the present moment in Leafs land.
Given that it’s 3 on 3 overtime and he has Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews with him, it’s bizarre that Barrie felt the need to drive the offense on that play. There’s also the issue that it clearly wasn’t the odd man rush, so by committing to go deep into the Habs zone it was fairly obvious that he would potentially be creating an odd man rush situation. Barrie also shot low, which was bound to keep …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Jake Muzzin wants to stay in Toronto and the Leafs should want him back too

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 …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs loan D Jake Muzzin to AHL for conditioning stint

The Toronto Maple Leafs have loaned D Jake Muzzin to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies for a conditioning stint, the team announced Thursday.
Muzzin, 30, joins a Marlies club who is on the road this weekend with back-to-back away games against Cleveland on Friday and Saturday.

The @MapleLeafs announced today that the team has assigned defenceman Jake Muzzin to the @TorontoMarlies (AHL) on a conditioning loan.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 23, 2020

The Maple Leafs acquired the rearguard last January in exchange for F Carl Grundstrom, the rights to D Sean Durzi and Toronto’s first-round pick in last year’s draft.
Muzzin has played in 68 games between last season and this posting 29 points. This year he has three goals and 10 assists 38 games.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Jake Gardiner might still be waiting for the Leafs to make room for him

There’s no other way to put it: The Jake Gardiner situation is a weird one. The (maybe former) Leafs’ defenceman, coming off a season that was derailed a bit by injury but still impressive hasn’t signed a contract as an unrestricted free agent. He’s just… sitting there.
But why? There have been some who’ve pointed to his injury this past spring as the key reason, while others believe he actually has a handshake deal with a team looking to clear up other business. Oddly enough, it’s usually his hometown Minnesota Wild that get tossed around in those rumours.
As far as I can tell, however, there doesn’t appear to be anything cap-wise stopping the Wild from signing Gardiner today if they want to. That’s why it’s always been in the back of my mind that the Leafs are still in on this for some bizarre reason, especially since I don’t believe his time missed this past season is enough to scare other teams away from offering him a decent long term deal.
I just don’t know how it looks if the Leafs really are still in this. Not that Gardiner …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Leafs on Deck Episode 23: Sheldon Keefe should be Leafs’ next head coach

On this weeks episode of Leafs on Deck, Jake and Mike discuss:
– How Jake, and many people, were wrong about these Toronto Marlies.
–  Recap of the Marlies’ first round sweep
–  How the Marlies looked against Cleveland in Game one
–  Why Sheldon Keefe should be the Marlies’ next head coach.
–  The Scrum
Where to Listen?

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation

Kadri’s hearing for possible suspension scheduled for Monday

After cross-checking Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk in the head on Saturday night’s Game 2, Nazem Kadri will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday.

Kadri’s hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 14, 2019

This will be an in-person hearing, meaning that the Leafs forward can be possibly suspended for more than five games. If it was a phone hearing, that would be the limit.
Kadri will be obviously unavailable for Game 3 on Monday, due to the hearing and most likely upcoming suspension.
In an all too familiar instance, Kadri was suspended last year for three games during the playoff series against the Bruins for an awkward hit along the boards on Tommy Wingels.
Kadri will be considered a repeat offender for this suspension hearing because of this hit. Once a player goes 18 months without a suspension, they can be cleared off the repeat offender list.
Based on this and the severity of the hit, it seems like most analysts or experts are assuming the Leafs will be without the center for at least five more games, or the remainder of the series against the Bruins.
He was missed last year, but with …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation