The Toronto Maple Leafs were short a few bodies at practice today, as Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk, and Jonathan Bernier were nowhere to be seen. A statement like that might make you think trade or catastrophe, but in reality, the trio is unlikely to add up to much time missed.
- Tyler Bozak missed practice for personal reasons. More specifically, his girlfriend is expecting a child. Depending on how things unfold, there’s a chance that Bozak will miss Wednesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
- James van Riemsdyk’s absence was for maintenance reasons. There wasn’t an isolated incident last night that would appear to be cause for alarm on the injury front, and Babcock stressed that he’ll be ready to go tomorrow, so I wouldn’t worry about this a ton.
- Jonathan Bernier has been confirmed to be injured. The actual injury is undisclosed, but he’s out day-to-day. In the meantime, Antoine Bibeau has been called up to the Leafs, and to continue the chain, Rob Madore has been called up to the Marlies.
Toronto’s next game is against the Winnipeg Jets, tomorrow evening at the Air Canada Centre.