On Monday, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin signed a four-year agreement extension.
In his first game after inking that deal, Muzzin left with a hand injury.
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It was available in the second duration Tuesday versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. Muzzin was fighting for position with Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli in front of Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen when a shot from the blue line struck him in the hand.
He was eliminated for the rest of the game at the start of the 3rd duration.
After the game, Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe stated he didn’t understand the degree of the injury and would wait on more info Wednesday.
Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe on Jake Muzzin’s injury:
“We don’t know. We’ll have to see how it is tomorrow & go from there … we’ll give him the night & get more information tomorrow … talk to doctors & see how it responds”
Leafs practice set for 12 pm Wednesday
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If Muzzin is out long term, then the Leafs would have a big space to fill as they defend a playoff area.
Toronto is currently without Morgan Rielly as he rehabs from a damaged foot, and its defense is amongst the worst in the NHL. The Leafs are connected for fifth-worst in the league with 3.27 objectives enabled per game.
The Maple Leafs deal with the Panthers next, on Thursday in Dawn, Fla.