The Toronto Maple Leafs have revealed that centre Tyler Bozak is out for an indefinite period with an oblique strain. It is the second time this season that Bozak will miss an extended period of time.
With the Leafs entering the heart of their “Deathcember”, it would stand to reason that losing their “top” centre would be a huge blow to the team, however with Bozak out, Nazem Kadri will likely slide into the top spot with Peter Holland and Trevor Smith sliding into the 2nd and 3rd line centre spots respectively.
The Bozak “bad” news may have some Leafs fans down, but they can rejoice as Joffrey Lupul has let it be known that he may be able to rejoin into the Leafs line up as soon as this weekend’s games. Lupul has missed a number of games with a strained groin, and his return to health would be a huge boost to the Leafs struggling offense.
Colton Orr also looks to be out of the line up tonight, with recent call up Jerry D’Amigo stepping into his place on the fourth line wing. While Frazer McLaren will still unfortunately be plying his trade, a fourth line with D’Amigo and Jay McClement isn’t nearly as terrible as the travesty that was Orr, McLaren, and Smithson.
So I guess injuries can be a good thing sometimes?