*******If you are interested in sponsorship or advertising your business in the Greater Toronto / Southern Ontario area on this column, please send a message for more information by clicking on the “Contact” button at the top of the page.*******
The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to cut down to a more manageable number of players this week, after their preseason meeting with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday and their third game against Ottawa in Belleville, ON on Friday.
There was some good news on the Jake Muzzin front, as the veteran blueliner appeared on the ice for the first time after missing the beginning of camp with back discomfort.
“(Muzzin is) on the ice today, so that's a sign that things have progressed well for him." Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said. "Last I spoke with him, he was having better days and feeling a lot better. I haven't gotten a report on how the skate today went, so I don't know how we'll progress from here."
Keefe indicated that forward Adam Gaudette injured his shoulder in Saturday’s victory over the Sens and is day-to-day.
On the Rasmus Sandin front, the general consensus is that a lengthy contract impasse will not be good for the young defenseman and the club, and according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, there could be a compromise reached between the two sides. One option is a one-year deal for the qualifying offer close to $900,000, but Friedman believes the more likely resolution is a two-year deal for around $1.5 million (slightly more than Timothy Liljegren’s extension and the same deal that the club offered Travis Dermott).