The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone through some inconsistency so far in the 2022-23 NHL season, along with some injury woes. The Leafs are down both goaltenders in Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov, raising questions about general manager Kyle Dubas' decision to completely transform his team's look in the crease during the offseason.
Murray, who was injured during the first week of the campaign, has been skating and participating in practice, and appears on the verge of making a return to action. What does head coach Sheldon Keefe say about his status?
"I thought he looked good," Keefe said yesterday of his recent practice session. "I thought he took a step in terms of the quality of the work he was able to get in today versus yesterday, which is a positive progression. It seemed like he got through it fine."
"All of that is good. He is trending in the right direction. In terms of what the plan is going forward, it is just to give him another day tomorrow and just continue to see how he responds."
Another injury issue that the Leafs have had to deal with is veteran Jake Muzzin, who suffered a head/neck injury during an October game against the Arizona Coyotes. Meanwhile, the newly signed Jordie Benn has also been out of action thanks to an injury suffered during the exhibition schedule. What is Benn's current status?
"We haven’t seen him much in the last few weeks, but I was really happy with him through camp and the early going before he had his injury," Keefe said of Benn. "He is a veteran guy who has a little bit of a different skill set and style of play than what we have with some of our other options."
"We like that about him. Certainly, we will get him in at some point. When it will be, we will have to discuss that."
The Leafs are back in action tomorrow night when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Arena.