With the recent addition of Tyler Bozak back into the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup after missing a dozen games due to injury, it seemed as though Toronto’s injury woes were finally coming to an end. However, after last night’s game against the New York Rangers, it appears the injury bug is feasting on the team once again.
Both players were taken out. With Gunnarsson he fell awkwardly, an upper body. Clarkson blocked the shot, couldn’t get the pain to settle down so we lost two players.
The severity of both injuries is still unknown, but assuming both will miss at least one game, some lineup changes will be needed. Luckily, the Leafs have just recently acquired Tim Gleason who has yet to play in blue and white. If Gunnarsson misses any games, it would provide an opportunity for Gleason to show what he can bring to the Leafs and try to earn a permanent spot on the blue line. So Gunnarsson’s spot is covered.
As for Clarkson’s possible absence, it would seem that Frazer McLaren would suit up for the first time in eight games after being a healthy scratch. McLaren would slot onto the fourth line, which would leave a spot open on the wing on the third line. Jerry D’Amigo could be the guy to fill that position.
As for the other Leafs injury, Dave Bolland is still out since suffering a severed tendon on November 2 against the Vancouver Canucks. Bolland is able to walk on his own, but there still isn’t a date set as to when he’ll be able to return to the Leafs’ lineup