Leafs get some bad news concerning veteran defenseman Mark Giordano
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Leafs get some bad news concerning veteran defenseman Mark Giordano

The news was leaked online earlier today.



The Toronto Maple Leafs announced this morning that tonight's game against the New York Rangers will featured a delayed start as the team honours captain John Tavares for scoring his 1,000th career NHL point last week.

No specific game time start was announced by the team, but they did announced that the start time would be delayed due to the pre-game ceremony.

What we DO know though is that veteran Leafs defenseman Mark Giordano will not play this evening, as he continues to nurse a broken finger. He hasn't played a game yet in the month of December and today it was revealed that Giordano had been moved to Long-Term Injury Reserve.

It's believed that the veteran Dman was moved from IR to LTIR in order to activate Timothy Liljegren from the IR.

AS for tonight, the pre-gam ceremony will feature Tavares' whole family in celebration of his successful career thus far.

From the team:

Update: The Leafs will be honouring Captain John Tavares tonight for reaching 1,000 career points last week in New York. Tavares and his family will be honoured with a ceremony pre game.

Tavares, of course, hit the 1,000 point milestone last week in an overtime loss to the New York Islanders. Tavares spent the first 9 years of his NHL career with the Islanders before signing with the Leafs as a free agent in the 2018 offseason. Tavares shocked the hockey world back then by signing a 7 year, $77 million contract worth $11 million per season. While he may be a touch overpaid though, you can't fault the Leafs for inking the deal. Tavares has been a great leader for this team and he's put up some productive seasons since joining the team. He has nine goals and 20 points in 29 games to start this season and has put up some of his best seasons in the NHL as a Leaf.

Regardless of how you feel about Tavares given his departure from the Islanders back in 2018, you have to give credit where its due. 1,000 points is an incredible accomplishment.

Source: CapFriendly