The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that defenseman Jake Muzzin will be on the injured list until at least March. He will be reassessed in February to see if he will play any more games this season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will miss Jake Muzzin, but as compensation they will get his contract factored into the salary cap.
Muzzin, 33, suffered a cervical spine injury. It’s a serious injury that threatens his hockey career as well as his quality of life beyond hockey.
Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said that in the short term, Jake Muzzin will be replaced on the ice internally. He mentioned that both Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin will continue to see their ice time increase.
However, if Muzzin’s re-evaluation in February determines he won’t return this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs will certainly be active in finding a replacement before the NHL trade deadline on March 3.
Jake Muzzin’s current cap is $5.625 million. The Leafs will have enough room to bring in an exceptional player at the deadline without expecting their contender to keep a lot of salary if Muzzin has to miss out. (salaries of capfriendly.com players)
When healthy, Muzzin brings a lot to the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line. He’s a big two-way player with size. He punches, blocks shots and kills penalties, and he’s also underrated offensively.
Here are 3 defenders who could be on the trading block at this year’s trade deadline who could help fill the void left by Jake Muzzin: