Mitch Marner returns soon after Toronto Maple Leafs resign from Nick Shore

Nazem Kadri may not be the only player to return to Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday.

According to many reports, the Toronto Maple Leafs were resigning Nick Shore on Tuesday afternoon. The move is seen as a precursor to Mitch Marner’s return to the Leafs lineup after losing nearly a month with a high ankle sprain.

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Shore has appeared in 21 games for Toronto this season, scoring three total points (two goals, one assist). If the discharge is restored, Shore will be able to join the AHL’s Toronto Marlies on Wednesday, clearing the way for Marner to withdraw from the long-term injury reserve.

Marner sustained an ankle injury on November 9 against the Philadelphia Philadelphia, placing the 22-year-old coach on the shelf until Monday, when he engaged in full-time practice with his fellow teammates. After initial fears that the Toronto native will miss at least four weeks, it looks like Marner – who had 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 18 games before being injured – will play his first game for new coach Sheldon Keefe on Wednesday against the Avalanche visitor.

Kadri, the longest-serving former Maple Leaf left for Colorado in July under a deal that saw Tyson Barrie and Alexander Kerfoot head to Toronto, is set to play his first NHL game in Toronto as a member of the opposition. The first round of the Leafs in 2009, Kadri was a bright spot for a warm Avalanche team, with 10 goals and 10 assists in 26 games so far this season.

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