After Sheldon Keefe told the media that Joe Thronton will be out of action for a month due to a rib fracture, the Leafs made the move to place the 41-year-old forward on long-term injury reserve.
#Leafs placed F Joe Thornton on LTIR today.
This gave Toronto an additional $700,000 of relief in their Salary Pool that can be used during his absence.https://t.co/BPt2vFET34 https://t.co/l2lo15XY1j
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) January 22, 2021
He is now the second Leaf this week to be placed on LTIR after doing the same for Nick Robertson on Thursday. Additionally, they will be without Auston Matthews who will sit out Friday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers and have their forward depth tested very early. Meaning the likes of Pierre Engvall and Adam Brooks will make their season debuts tonight.
In the third period, Thornton got hit by Josh Archibald and was in immediate discomfort. He went to the locker room afterwards and did not return.
here’s the hit that has sent joe thornton to the locker room pic.twitter.com/xFJyEd2471
— zach laing (@zjlaing) January 21, 2021
In five games, Thornton has recorded a goal, and assist, and two points.
Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation