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Leafs GM Brad Treliving Addresses How Harsh Mitch Marner's Injury Is

Published March 18, 2024 at 9:56 PM

The GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brad Treliving, has revealed the severity of star forward Mitch Marner's high-ankle sprain injury.

After suffering an injury on Thursday, March 7th against the Boston Bruins, Mitch Marner has been out of the Maple Leafs lineup.

As he rehabs from a high-ankle sprain, which is known to be tedious in recovery, the Maple Leafs have continued to dominate their competition.


Mitch Marner's High-Ankle Sprain Continues to Force Him Out of the Maple Leafs Lineup

While their record is good, it is still no secret that they would rather have Mitch Marner on the roster.

Earlier today, in an interview with The Toronto Star, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe addressed the injury to key forward Mitch Marner:

It hasn't been responding the way they had hoped,» coach Sheldon Keefe said of Marner's injury and the team's medical staff. «So just stepping back a little bit.

He's not going to be coming on the trip with us. Just trying to get him to the point where he's comfortable throughout the week. So he's day-to-day away from being day-to-day.

Regarding Mitch being out, it creates more opportunity for others to play and to grow. For us, we can learn more about them," said Keefe. "And, at the same time for someone like Mitch specifically, who hasn't had really any time off, in the long run for him ... as much as we miss him, I think it'll be beneficial to him when he does get back.

Mitch Marner's Absence Gives Other Toronto Maple Leafs Players Bigger Opportunities

While Mitch Marner will remain in Toronto to rehab, morale is still high. The Leafs are giving players like Pontus Holmberg big opportunities, and are improving their depth ahead of the playoffs because of it.

Holmberg in particular will be seeing first-line minutes alongside Auston Matthews and Tyler Bertuzzi in the next game.

#Maple Leafs lines at practice Mar. 18/24

Bertuzzi - Matthews - Holmberg
McMann - Domi - Nylander
Knies - Tavares - Robertson
Dewar - Kampf - Reaves
Extra: Gregor

Rielly - Brodie
Benoit - McCabe
Edmundson - Liljegren
Giordano(LTIR) - Timmins
Absent: Lyubushkin

Samsonov, Woll, Jones

GM Brad Treliving Addresses How Harsh the Mitch Marner Injury Is

Now, Brad Treliving has addressed the Mitch Marner injury, and it gives reason for optimism.

"In all likelihood, it is a minor injury, but we want to be respectful of it"

"We have some time now. Mitch has been off the ice in the last couple of days, but we will ramp him up this week and take it day by day to see how he is feeling. Hopefully, he will be back sooner than later.

Treliving's comments on Mitch Marner's injury lead to believe that he will not miss too much longer. With the playoffs still a month away, in all likelihood, Marner will not only have returned, but will have several games to get back up to speed.

The Maple Leafs will need all hands on deck to make a splash this year, and they have proven now that they can do incredibly well without one member of the core four. Once Marner is back, the Maple Leafs may be unstoppable.
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Leafs GM Brad Treliving Addresses How Harsh Mitch Marner's Injury Is

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