The Toronto Maple Leafs got an essential defenseman back on Monday when they triggered Jake Muzzin from the hurt reserve in time for him to play the Nashville Predators– and Muzzin revealed interest in remaining longer than the season’s staying 33 video games.
” The company, the method they take care of us, the men here, the buzz in the city about hockey is big,” Muzzin informed TSN. “Being close to house is constantly a good touch, specifically with a child around now, so there’s great deals of advantages here and I ‘d enjoy to remain here.”
Questions about the future of Muzzin, who is on the last season of a five-year agreement he initially signed with the Los Angeles Kings, were triggered by TSN’s Darren Dreger; he stated on Jan. 24 that unless something has actually altered in current days, settlements in between Muzzin’s camp and Toronto stay initial. Muzzin, now 30 years of ages, will definitely look for a longer-term offer as an unlimited totally free agent-to-be, however Dreger stated he would be stunned if the Leafs provide him longer than 5 years on his next agreement.
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” It is what it is, it’s a part of hockey,” Muzzin stated when inquired about his agreement. “I’m simply concentrating on tonight and returning into the video game and getting this group rolling on the best page.”
Muzzin missed out on about one month after breaking his foot throughout a Dec. 27 video game versus the New Jersey Devils. The Leafs went 4-3-3 without Muzzin in the lineup and lost leading protector Morgan Rielly to a long-lasting injury throughout that timespan. Muzzin’s return ought to alleviate some stress over how the defense will hold up throughout the routine season’s stretch run; he averages the second-most ice time (21 minutes and 21 seconds per video game) on the club behind Rielly.
The Woodstock, Ont. native even played 27 minutes in a tune-up video game with Toronto’s AHL affiliate, the Marlies, recently.
” I was gon na seem like s– no matter what. That was an excellent way to get it out (of the method),” Muzzin informed press reporters of his conditioning video game.
” In lots of methods, [Muzzin is] the conscience of our group,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe informed NHL.com on Sunday. “[He] speaks a lot, has fantastic existence and fantastic experience. He implies a lot on our back end.”
The Maple Leafs (25-17 -7, 57 points) go back to action after the All-Star break on Monday 4 explain of the Eastern Conference playoff race.