The Toronto Maple Leafs added forward Mitch Marner and defenceman Rasmus Sandin to the injured reserve list Tuesday and loaned forward Joey Anderson to their American Hockey League affiliate.
The Maple Leafs also recalled forward Alex Steeves and defencemen Alex Biega and Kristiāns Rubīns from the Toronto Marlies.
Marner hasn’t played since colliding with teammate Jake Muzzin at practice on Friday and could be sidelined three to four weeks, head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters.
Sandin was injured after a knee-on-knee hit in a 6-3 loss to Winnipeg on Sunday. Jets defenceman Neal Pionk was suspended two games for the hit.
Rasmus Sandin escaped any structural damage to his knee in hit from Pionk, but he remains on crutches. In some pain still.<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leafs?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Leafs</a> expect it’ll be 2-3 weeks for him.
On Tuesday, Pionk was placed in concussion protocol and will miss at least three contests.
Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza is facing a longer suspension after kneeing Pionk in the head during Sunday’s game, apparently in a retaliatory move.
Toronto was scheduled to host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
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