After remaining incredibly healthy last winter, Toronto has already seen four players miss time due to injury. Just as Tim Connolly and Tyler Bozak returned from their respective time off, word came this week that James Reimer would go on IR for concussion-like symptoms. Toronto is also dealing with yet another injury to forward Colby Armstrong, and just yesterday we found out that NHL leading scorer Phil Kessel is "banged up". In regards to Reimer, Dave Shoalts of the G&M wrote:
Seven days after James Reimer was clipped on the head, the only thing certain is the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender will not play against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. It is still not clear if Reimer has a concussion or neck injury. The Leafs said initially Reimer suffered whiplash when he was sideswiped by Montreal Canadiens forward Brian Gionta. Then, after Reimer’s replacement, Jonas Gustavsson, indicated Reimer had a concussion, Leafs general manager Brian Burke denied this was the case but said he was being treated "for concussion-like symptoms."
Let us hope that this is just a bump in the road, and not the beginning of a season of injury issues.
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