Well, this is the news that no Toronto Maple Leafs fan wanted to hear. After almost an entire season of health, Jonathan Bernier has been bitten by the injury bug and the Leafs will have to do without him.Bernie suffered the injury in the first period of the game against his former team, the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
Luckily for the Leafs, it looks like Bernier won’t be out for very long. While there has been no definitive word on how long he’ll be out, it doesn’t seem serious. Leafs analyst Paul Hendrick was asked on Twitter how long Bernier would be out and this is how he responded.
If Bernier is only out a week, that means he will only miss a few games. He already missed today’s game, which the Leafs lost 4-2 to the Washington Capitals, so the Leafs could have him back by Saturday, March 22 at the earliest when they face the Montreal Canadiens.
Of course, the other major injury the Leafs have continues to be David Bolland. Out since the start of November, it doesn’t look like Bolland is close to returning. After some thought that he would return shortly after the Olympic Break, it now looks like that the Leafs will be lucky if Bolland is back in time for the playoffs.
Also, Dion Phaneuf might have played today, but he might still be battling the flu that kept him from practicing yesterday.
It looks like the flu bug is working its way round the Leafs’ dressing room. Peter Holland also had a problem with it before the Kings game.