Dermott vows to step up with Leafs 'defensive anchor' Muzzin out 4 weeks. markhmasters has more:
With just 18 games left in their regular season and with defenceman Jake Muzzin sidelined approximately four weeks with a broken right hand, the Maple Leafs say they need Travis Dermott to raise his game on Toronto’s back end, Mark Masters writes.TSN Toronto reporter Mark Masters checks in daily with news and notes on the Maple Leafs, who practised at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s game against the Panthers. With defenceman sidelined approximately four weeks with a broken right hand, Travis Dermott is getting more responsibility skating alongside Justin Holl as part of the matchup pair. "Muzzy's a massive part of our team," Dermott said, "definitely our defensive anchor so everyone's got to do a little more defensively to make up for that. My game's going along slowly, you try to figure it out game by game, get better game by game." But with only 18 games left and Morgan Rielly (broken foot) and Cody Ceci (high ankle sprain) still “weeks” away from returning, according to coach Sheldon Keefe, the Leafs need Dermott to raise his game. The 23-year-old passed the first test on Tuesday night helping Toronto survive a third-period push by the high-octane Tampa Bay Lightning. "It felt nice for me and Hollsy to be out there at the end," Dermott said of the frantic final minutes, "don't get that opportunity too often, but it felt nice to be able to shut them down." Dermott missed the start of the season after undergoing summer shoulder surgery and hasn't seemed to hit his full stride yet. "I worry more about the team," said Dermott when asked about his season."You worry about yourself, but I think how the team's doing is a big indicator ... some ups and downs, obviously, getting back from my injury, getting familiar with everything again, but all good going forward and hopefully we get on a nice little win streak here." Dermott has posted nine points in 50 games while averaging 16 minutes and 40 seconds of ice time. But Keefe liked how Dermott responded while logging almost 23 minutes last night, including more than 11 in the third. "Looking at how he played against some of their better people, how competitive he was, I thought he just really worked hard and defended our net well," the coach observed."When Muzzin went down he had to take on more yesterday so it's just a good sign that he's up for that challenge. I think he's been waiting for the chance to take steps." Not that he needs any extra motivation, but Dermott's family is on this trip and they even attended today's practice. "Nice to have them here, good to have that support," Dermott said with a smile."My dog was even here, passed out on my mom's lap, I was like, 'This is crazy,' but I love it." Leafs confident young defenceman can help keep them in the playoff hunt Losing Jake Muzzin was another blow to the Maple Leafs blue line and it wasn't the news Toronto was looking for as they fight to stay in the playoffs. Mark Masters has more on why the team is confident their youngsters can help fill the void left behind by some key pieces. --- With all the injuries on defence, rookie Rasmus Sandin is also in line for more minutes. Sandin, who partnered with Tyson Barrie at practice, insists he doesn't feel any additional pressure. "Every game I'm playing up here I’m just enjoying it and think it's the funnest thing in the world so I’ll just keep thinking that," he said. Sandin was on the ice for all three Tampa goals last night. The Swede played sparingly in the first two periods before logging 9:34 in the third. "It was up and down," Sandin said of his game. "I feel like just a couple slow plays, but at the end, when Muzz got out, I got a lot of ice time so I think that got me into the game and that third period was pretty good." Sandin is just 24 games into his career and still picking up the nuances of the NHL. For example, he struggled to gain inside position in a battle with Patrick Maroon, who stands six-foot-2, 236 pounds, on the Lightning's second goal. Sandin, who's five-foot-11, 183 pounds, believes he needs to be quicker in those type of battles. "You just got to do it a little bit in a different way," he said of the adjustment. "You maybe have to do it a little earlier, start the box-outs earlier. I mean, all the guys are stronger and smarter as well so they just find different ways to get to the net. You have to outsmart them and already be there before they're trying to be there. You have to do it earlier." Who needs to step up for the Leafs' depleted defence? For the second straight year the Maple Leafs lost a key defenceman the day after the Trade Deadline. Who needs to step up right now to help their depleted defence? Dave Poulin joins SportsCentre to weigh in. --- In the moments after Tuesday's game, Barrie declared that the Leafs must take on a next-man-up mentality with Muzzin out. "We're in a spot where we can't let that effect the way we're playing," he said. "It will be a big test for us." It will be a big test for Barrie as well. The 28-year-old, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is now by far the most experienced player on Toronto's back end. "Every player, regardless of experience, is going to have to show leadership in their own manner," Keefe noted."That said, I mean, Tyson Barrie , right away is the guy that jumps off the page in terms of the experience he provides on defence. I might be wrong, but he may have more games played than every other single guy combined. We'll have to rely on him in that sense." The coach is right. Barrie has played 548 NHL games while Martin Marincin (222), Dermott (151), Holl (75), Sandin (24), Calle Rosen Timothy Liljegren (eight) have combined to play 496. "It's not ideal, but, I mean, it’s part of the gig, right," Keefe said. "It's a reason why you acquire depth and a reason why you develop players and a reason why you have a good and healthy minor league system. It’s to be able to have these situations happen and then continue to press on." Keefe also said it's up to the rest of the lineup to raise their game to insulate the defence. "It puts a little more onus on our collective group, the forwards in particular, to do a good job of protecting them." Leafs Ice Chips: Time for Barrie to lead; Rosen joins group Jake Muzzin will be out of the lineup for approximately four weeks after suffering a broken hand, leaving a void on Toronto's already depleted blueline. Tyson Barrie has more NHL games on his resume than the rest of the Leafs' healthy defencemen combined and will be relied upon to help carry more of the load. Mark Masters has more. --- John Tavares was asked about Muzzin's looming absence last night. "We can't hang our heads and think ‘Why us?’ ” Toronto's captain said. “As a group, collectively, we have to step up and fill that void and continue to play better and when guys get more opportunity, that's their chance to take advantage of it, relish it and thrive with it." Kyle Dubas re-Tweeted a reporter who posted that quote today. The Leafs general manager included a link to a video where British philosopher Alan Watts tells the story of a man who refuses to think about anything as good or bad, because no one ever knows what will happen next. All you can control is your reaction to what life throws at you. "The whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity, and it’s really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad," Watts said. Read more: TSN
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Toronto Maple Leafs' Jake Muzzin out four weeks; Calle Rosen recalled - TSN.caToronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin will miss approximately four weeks after suffering a broken hand in the team's 4-3 in over the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday. The 31-year-old left the victory in the third period after blocking a shot with his hand. He had recorded his sixth goal of the season before exiting. We win ONE GAME. And we get hit with this. Mama Mia Can’t catch a break, tuff year for injuries for the Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs sign Jake Muzzin to four-year extension - TSN.caThe Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Jake Muzzin to a four-year, $22.5 million contract extension, carrying a cap hit of $5.625 million per year. Muzzin was scheduled to become a free agent in July and carries a $4 million cap hit this season, the last of a five-year deal signed with Los Angeles in 2014.
Maple Leafs' Jake Muzzin out four weeks with broken hand - Sportsnet.caToronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin is expected to be sidelined about four weeks after suffering a broken hand in Tuesday's 4-3 over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Wednesday. MapleLeafs TBLightning This team is cursed. MapleLeafs TBLightning The leaf's already suck on the back end. Now they have to replace Muzzin's 22 minutes pregame ice time. MapleLeafs TBLightning You don’t need two hands to spend that money! Congrats Muzz!
Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin expected to miss four weeks with broken handThe Leafs have recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies to fill the roster spot
With new contract, Toronto Maple Leafs hope Jake Muzzin's voice gets louder - TSN.caArmed with a four-year extension, the veteran defenceman will be counted on to create an honest dialogue in the dressing room when things are going poorly, Mark Masters writes. markhmasters He needs a letter on his jersey!
Maple Leafs will be tested by loss of Jake Muzzin's leadership - Sportsnet.caNot only did Jake Muzzin make his impact felt on the MapleLeafs' blueline, he had become a trusted voice in the dressing room, too. Now they have to play on without him. It's not going to be easy. (ReporterChris) Again they over pay another player muzzling is not worth of what he got for his contract MapleLeafs reporterchris It won’t be easy, but they can make it work. Muzzin will still be there to talk to them off-ice 🙌🏽💪🏽 MapleLeafs reporterchris Every team has injuries, suck it up.