Maple Leafs’ Jake Muzzin Leaves Game Against Coyotes With Neck Injury
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue their battle with injuries to their blue line.
Jake Muzzin was in a collision with Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller, and did not return.
The Maple Leafs announced the veteran defenseman would not be returning to the game because of a neck injury.
The Leafs didn’t have an update after their loss to the Coyotes 4-2 on Monday. The club started the season without Timothy Liljegren, as the defenseman had hernia surgery prior to the season began. He is expected to be out until mid November.
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Jordie Benn took part in his first group skate with the Maple Leafs, although it was an optional morning skate, for the first time since he sustained a groin injury.
Muzzin was unable to train for the first week due to back discomfort. He also suffered two concussions that left him unable to work for a long time.
” I’ve been saying quite a bit that Muzzin is probably my best friend,” Leafs forward Mitch Marner stated about Muzzin. “This is way more than hockey. He has two amazing daughters and a wife who is an incredible woman. You just want the best for him. This life is full of great things. “
Marner didn’t have a chance to visit Muzzin when he spoke to reporters.
” Hopefully, everything is fine with him,” Marner said. “We are very fortunate to have an incredible medical staff that takes care of our players and knows what to say. “
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