February 18, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing James Van Riemsdyk (21) during warmups before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. James Van Riemsdyk is returning after missing 5 weeks with a concussion. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

James van Riemsdyk Leaves Practice With Injury


It didn’t take long for the Toronto Maple Leafs to get hit with the injury bug. James van Riemsdyk was apparently injured after taking a Mike Komisarek shot off the foot at practice Tuesday morning. Many reporters indicated that he was favoring his right leg and limping after getting hit with the shot. It is unclear whether he will be ready for this Saturday’s opener against the Montreal Canadiens, but coach Randy Carlyle is expected to update the situation later today. The season hasn’t even started yet and Komisarek is already hurting the Leafs.

Despite the injury to van Riemsdyk, there were a couple of pieces of good news from today’s practice. Cody Franson returned from his stint in Sweden to re-join the Leafs after agreeing to terms on Sunday. Franson was a restricted free agent, but agreed to a one-year $1.2M deal on the weekend to remain with Toronto.

Jake Gardiner also skated on his own for 15 minutes before practice began. While there is still no timetable for his return, this is an incredibly good sign for Leaf fans. Gardiner has been out of action for over a month with concussion-like symptoms.

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