Maple Leafs Rugged Defenseman Sidelined With Injury

Published September 21, 2023 at 12h53
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Training camp opened today for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A day that is supposed to be met with excitement and endless opportunities for the upcoming season is already off to a rocky start.

Maple Leafs Defenseman Sidelined Due To Injury

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that defenseman Simon Benoit will be out with back spasms.


Simon Benoit (back spasms) will not take part in practice today

Listed as day-to-day

This is a tough start to Simon Benoit's tenure as a Maple Leaf. He was signed this offseason to a one-year $775,000 contract. Benoit is a roster bubble player who would likely bring some physicality and youth to the blue line of the Maple Leafs.

Benoit Looking For A Fresh Start


When Simon Benoit signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he hoped for a fresh start. He has played 137 games in the NHL to this point in his career with the Anaheim Ducks. After a promising start, it looked like he would be a part of the Ducks future on defense. Then in 2022-23, the Ducks struggled as a whole especially defensively and the Ducks let Benoit walk.

Benoit is a defensive defenseman. He relies on physicality to thrive in the NHL if he is already struggling with injuries that is not a good sign for him making it through an entire NHL season and being durable.

Hopefully, this is only a minor setback for Benoit and he can return to the ice for preseason and start showing why he deserves a roster spot.
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Maple Leafs Rugged Defenseman Sidelined With Injury

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