Maple Leafs’ Jake Muzzin says hand is ‘quite much 100 percent ready to go’

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin stated his hand is nearly completely recovered in a call with press reporters Tuesday. He suffered a damaged hand on Feb. 25 after soaking up a shot versus the Tampa Bay Lighting.

“The hand is doing great. Today, it’s pretty much 100 percent ready to go, so getting treatment and just working out trying to stay ready like everyone else,” Muzzin stated, hinting he might be back in the lineup if the 2019-20 NHL season reboots. “As far as the hand goes, it feels fine and it’s ready to go. A couple of weeks on the ice before wouldn’t hurt to get back and get some touches and feels.”

Given That Muzzin was rehabbing an injury, he still had gain access to to team centers to continue getting treatment. It was a various sensation for him entering into the arena.

“Yeah, obviously different feel in here,” he kept in mind. “Coming here, there’s two, three people really and you have the whole arena to yourself. Kind of a weird feeling coming in, but I was actually lucky, fortunate enough to be able to get the treatment and the work needed to be done to make sure I heal properly.”

One day prior to his injury, Muzzin concurred to a four-year agreement extension with the Maple Leafs. He discussed his reasoning for signing the brand-new offer.

“The direction the team is going, the personnel, the people, the organization and the city itself,” the 31- year-old defenseman stated. “There are way more positives than negative so we wanted to be here and we called the team on it for me to be here. I’m glad and we’re really fortunate that we got a deal done before all this happened.”

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After being traded midseason in 2015 by the Los Angeles Kings, Muzzin stated it took a number of months for him and his family to change to Toronto.

“I had never been traded before so I was going into a new situation so it was kind of a different experience for me,” he remembered, having actually matured about a 90- minute drive outside Toronto in Woodstock, Ont. ” The method the people accepted me in 2015, accepted my spouse and the method the organization accepted us as a family and as a group was unbelievable. They actually made the shift as smooth as it might be.

” We sort of felt that we were athome You understand we overcame the preliminary shock of being traded and remaining in a brand-new city and sort of growing some roots here. I feel we have actually done that and we’re thrilled for the next 4 years here.”

Muzzin, who has actually scored 39 points in 83 profession games with the Maple Leafs, feels actually lucky to have actually signed his agreement extension prior to the season was stopped briefly. He has compassion with the pending complimentary representatives.

“It’s the uncertainty of these days. There’s an unknown that I think would be on the back of your mind,” he stated. ” I do not understand if people get what they believe they must get or this is going to be great or, you understand, something is going to considerably modification. Perhaps you have to structure an offer in a different way.

” For me, I do not have that. I was lucky sufficient to get an offer done prior to therefore I believed possibly whatever is going to be great. I do not understand. That’s simply the unidentified and unpredictability over what’s going to take place.”

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