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The Toronto Maple Leafs are already banged up on the blue line, as veteran defenseman Jake Muzzin was placed on LTIR not long ago thanks to an upper body injury; the more updated news released earlier today was no better, as it was revealed that he won't be back any time soon thanks to a cervical spine injury.
As if the Leafs needed any more bad news on the injury front, that's unfortunately exactly what they got. Defenseman TJ Brodie, who didn't play on Saturday night against the Canucks, has also been placed on injured reserve with an oblique injury.
According to head coach Sheldon Keefe, Brodie will miss at the very minimum one week of action, and that his injury is similar to the ailment that troubled captain John Tavares during Training Camp.
"He is on the IR, so it is going to be a minimum of a week there," Keefe explained. "In terms of an exact timeline, we will have to see. His injury appears to be somewhat similar in nature to what John Tavares went through in camp.
"It will just be a matter of managing it and just kind of seeing where he is after a week’s time to get him comfortable and take it from there."
In Keefe's words, the Leafs will certainly be missing the stability that Brodie's presence provides.
"It is the stability that he brings not just in how he plays but also in how he makes others better around him," Keefe said. "That is the biggest piece for sure. I was really happy with how we managed it the other night."