Truth comes out on Auston Matthews’ serious injury

Truth comes out on Auston Matthews’ serious injury

Leafs’ GM Brad Treliving clarified what really happened with the star forward:

Chris Gosselin

On Friday morning, Keith Pelley, Brendan Shanahan and Brad Treliving addressed the media following the end of the season of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and questions quickly arose on what happened to star player Auston Matthews in the first round of the series against the Boston Bruins.

General manager Brad Treliving clarified the injury that had his superstar missing two games in the postseason, explaining how Matthews picked up “a virus that stuck with him” after Game 2, some hinted to food poisoning, and then following a hit during Game 4 of the series, he presented “head injury issues”. He was not cleared until the last contest of the series, which was won by the Bruins, who moved on to face the Florida Panthers in round 2.

Rumours had quickly emerged when Matthews missed Games 5 and 6 that the Leafs’ No. 1 center was dealing with an illness in Games 3 and 4 before getting hurt on an “innocuous hit while playing sick.”

Several hypotheses were shared on social media with one specific video in which we see the Maple Leafs’ star forward in a collision with Bruins’ Charlie Coyle.

However, Treliving did not provide more details on what specifically caused Matthews to sustain a head injury.

Other injuries on the roster

Matthews was not the only one on the Maple Leafs’ roster dealing with injuries during post season. Treliving also revealed how Bobby McMann was nearing a return from an MCL injury, Connor Dewar is set to undergo shoulder surgery later on Friday and goalie Joseph Woll suffered a sprained back at end of Game 6.

He also repeated how forward William Nylander was dealing with recurring migraines.

Treliving, who too shouldered blame, also spoke about the Maple Leafs’ playoff failures, but refuse to put the blame on injuries. He added that all options will be on the table this off-season as the Maple Leafs look to take a step forward, echoing Brendan Shanahan’s sentiment going into the offseason.

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