Toronto Maple Leafs’ defense suffered another major hit after losing Jake Muzzin to a foot injury back in December. The team announced on Monday that their reliable defenseman Morgan Rielly is also facing a lengthy break, having suffered a foot fracture in Sunday’s 8-4 loss to Florida Panthers.
Rielly managed to finish the game against Panthers, but underwent a CT scan after, which showed the real extent of the injury. Maple Leafs’ ended up placing the 25-year-old on injury reserve, meaning he will be out for at least eight weeks.
In a corresponding move, Toronto brought in Swedish defenseman Rasmus Sandin from their American Hockey League affiliate Marlies. Sandin made his NHL debut last year, playing six games and contributing with two assists.
Morgan Rielly, who spent his entire career with Maple Leafs, made 46 appearances this season and had three goals and 24 assists for a total of 27 points. Rielly is in his seventh NHL season and has played a total of 516 career games in which he scored 54 goals and dished 216 assists.