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Zach Hyman leaves Maple Leafs game after a kneeing from Alex Edler

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Dirty is as dirty does.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

In the second period of the Maple Leafs game vs the Canucks, in their first game back after a long layoff with an epic COVID-19 outbreak, this happened:

Alex Edler had been on the ice for more than three minutes, and this is how he managed to get off the ice, and out of the game. Supplementary discipline is likely, but it won’t be a nice satisfying number, particularly not when he already got five and a game.

Meanwhile Zach Hyman did not return to the game, which is wise in any case at this point in the season, but it does raise an interesting dilemma if he’s hurt long term.

The Leafs have 11 games remaining.

Waiting in the wings (perhaps) is the injured Riley Nash, who is on LTIR, and was not expected back before the playoffs. The playoffs are now later than expected with the change to the schedule, and Nash could conceivably be ready before the end of the regular season. He’d be hard to recall without some other player on LTIR.

Nick Foligno and Ben Hutton could join the team in a few days if the Leafs choose to go for it, and Hyman’s status might influence those choices.

Meanwhile we await word on Hyman’s condition, and we might get some clarity after the game, or we might have to wait until tomorrow.

In the meantime, Player Safety, the most misnamed department in the NHL, can do what they do and issue a useless two-game suspension.

Meanwhile, what if I told you Scott Sabourin is on the Leafs roster for this road trip?