Maple Leafs Jake Muzzin won’t play again this season

Jake Mazin won’t be playing again this season.

Whether the veteran defenseman can finally resume his NHL career remains to be seen.

The Maple Leafs said Thursday that the ailing Toronto Blue Liner won’t suit up again in 2022-23 after suffering a neck injury in a collision with Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller on Oct. 17. announced.

Toronto announced in November that Muzzin would be re-evaluated in February.

“Following follow-up discussions with various experts this month, our medical staff have been ruled out of the rest of the regular season and playoffs for the 2022-23 season as (Mazin) recovers from his cervical spine injury. “We have decided that we will continue to do so,” Leafs said in a statement.

“The club will provide further updates on his status at training camp in September.”

The 6-foot-4-inch, 227-pound, Woodstock, Ontario, player has one assist in four games this season, most of which has gone into long-term injury reserves.

Mazin, who has a history of serious injuries including concussions, has been limited to 47 games for the 2021-22 season.

The bruised, 34-year-old won the Stanley Cup in 2014 with the Los Angeles Kings and was traded to Toronto in January 2019.

The team’s locker room conscience as a talented core finally seemed to get over the playoff hump… ending next season.

Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas has added to the Blue Line, which has endured a string of absences early in the schedule, or after already acquiring forward Ryan O’Reilly, ahead of the March 3 trade deadline. You should consider upgrading elsewhere. and Noel Acciari of the St. Louis Blues late Friday.

At a press conference earlier this month, Duvas said defenseman TJ Brody stepped up to take on a good chunk of the “difficult time” Mazin had against his opponent’s best player.

Muzzin has come a long way to the NHL.

Following his first season with the Sault Ste. of the Ontario Hockey League, he did not sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins after they selected him in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL Draft. Marie Greyhound.

Muzzin was drafted again in 2009, but was passed before returning to Sault Ste. Murray over-aged as his player, and eventually he signed with Los Angeles in January 2010.

Mazin recorded 294 points (69 goals, 225 assists) and 399 penalty minutes in 683 regular season NHL games with the Kings and Leafs.

He added 11 goals and 28 points in 72 playoff appearances.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on February 23, 2023.

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