Mark Masters of TSN reported James van Riemsdyk suffered an injury at practice today. The rugged Toronto Maple Leafs forward fell to the ice during a skating drill near the end of Monday’s session and was forced to leave. As he exited, van Riemsdyk appeared to be favouring his right leg.
Although head coach Randy Carlyle gave no update on van Riemsdyk’s condition at the conclusion of practice, Masters reported that Darren Dreger received word from general manager Dave Nonis, and he says JVR should be fine. Good news for Toronto as van Riemsdyk is one player they can ill afford to lose. His 14 goals are tops on the Leafs and are tied for sixth most in the National Hockey League.
In other Leaf injury news, Joffrey Lupul practiced with the team today for about 30 minutes. He is still not cleared for contact, however, and won’t travel with the team to Winnipeg when they take on the Jets this Tuesday. Lupul has been sidelined for the past 23 games with a fractured right forearm.