Sheldon Keefe shares updates on Reaves, Liljegren.
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Sheldon Keefe shares updates on Reaves, Liljegren.

Sheldon Keefe shares an update on two of his injured players ahead of tonight's game.

Jonathan Larivee

It was a mixed bag as far as injury updates were concerned for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, with head coach Sheldon Keefe sharing some bad news but some good news as well.

To no one's surprise, Keefe confirmed on Saturday that veteran National Hockey League enforcer Ryan Reaves would be headed to injured reserve after an awkward collision into the boards this week resulted in him being helped off the ice. In spite of the bad news, there was a silver lining from Keefe who indicated that Reaves would not be out long term with Reaves seemingly having avoided the team's worst fears.

"Not as bad as it appeared," said Keefe of the Reaves injury.

Keefe also had more good news when he revealed that Timothy Liljegren would be returning to action after being out with an ankle injury since early November.

"He looks like a guy who is refreshed and excited and anxious to play," said Keefe of the returning defenseman. "To that end, he should help us, especially with his feet and the way he can skate. That has been a challenge for us, getting out of our zone, we expect him to help us there."

The Maple Leafs take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight with the Maple Leafs welcoming former general manager Kyle Dubas back to Toronto for the first time since his highly publicized exit last summer.