Frederik Andersen out 3-4 weeks with upper-body injury

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Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is officially out as one of the three netminders for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey after the injury he suffered during an Olympic qualifying game last week, Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports reports.

It’s too bad for Andersen, who must have been looking forward to the opportunity to represent

his country

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somebody at the World Cup. Competing with Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss, he would have had a solid shot at coming away with the starter’s role.

No word on how this effects his availability with the Leafs, as we’re

still not entirely sure

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how serious the injury is. Hopefully he’ll be ready for either the start of camp or at some point during it before the regular season gets under way. In any event, Andersen will have the chance to fully recover from his injury instead of playing through it and risking further damage.

Andersen’s spot on Team Europe will be taken by Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer.

UPDATE: Lou Lamoriello says Andersen will be out 3-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

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So, he’ll likely miss the start of camp but figures to be able to get some preseasion action in ahead of the Leafs’ season opener against Ottawa on October 12th.

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  • Harte of a Lion

    My biggest fear since the lineups were announced for this tournament are injuries to our key players. Although the Leafs are likely looking at a bottom 5 finish this year, it would be nice if the team were able to begin the season with a full compliment of our core/young stars.

    As seen last year, the team does not yet have the depth to recover from a loss such as JVR. With Matthews, Nylander, Marner and possibly others (Hyman, Lievo, Soshnikov…) starting the season, there is the possibility of adding 60 goals to the teams totals while having the depth in the event of an injury to the existing core group of veteran forwards.

    With the influx of high end talent I believe that the team will win half of their one/two goal losses from last season and should end up playing .500 hockey with Babcock’s systems becoming ingrained. 80-85 points is not unreasonable however I see them between 78 and 82 points, finishing 25th, then moving up to 2nd in the lottery. Timothy Liljegren will look amazing in the Blue and White and in the event he is selected 1st, Nolan Patrick slides in as the #2 centre behind Matthews.

    Mathews, Patrick, Kadri, Nylander and Marner all play centre. That’s is incredible depth that any team would envy.

    1 more year of PAIN, then this team should have all the necessary players to rocket up the standings and become a powerhouse in the East.

  • Harte of a Lion

    I think 30 more goals this seasons is more realistic as we lost Parenteau’s 20 goals
    It could get crowded 4th through 8th in the Atlantic with Detroit on their way down and the Leafs and Sabers getting more points off of their
    Atlantic rivals

    • Harte of a Lion

      We lost Parenteau’s 20 goals however JVR will make up at least half of those if he stays healthy, Kadri should hit 20-25, Leivo could score 10-15 and Brown could score the same depending on his usage. So in the worst case scenario, that’s 13 + goals coming from existing players and another 15-25 from Brown and Leivo. Uncle Leo might regress with his pp time going to the kids but overall, any reduction in Komarov’s totals should easily be covered by the influx of talent.

      I could be totally off base but when I look at the lineup, I don’t see a problem filling the net. The issue is keeping the puck out of our net. Anderson/Enroth will help however the success of our season depends on Zaitsev, Carrick, Corrado and Holl.
      If Zaitsev is the real deal, a top 2 right shot defender, Carrick & Corrado continue to improve while learning Babcock’s system and Holl, who has impressed me at every Marlies game I have watched (50+ games last year) the Leafs might surprise a lot of teams.

      I hope they give Holl a chance, perhaps the first injury call up on defence. With his skill set I think he makes a perfect partner for Gardiner. With Zaitsev playing with Rielly, it allows Rielly to move back to his natural side. Marincin has shown he is the only d-man able to improve Polak’s possession numbers. That leaves Carrick and Corrado as the extra d-men. Since both will not clear waivers, a trade or press box duty awaits both if Holl works out. I know I didn’t mention Hunwick, but both he and Polak should clear waivers if need be based on cap issues, waiver issues and pure talent. By sending both to the Marlies, the team saves 1.9 million on the cap while protecting their young talent from the waiver wire.

      Since there has been no word on Cowen’s buyout, it looks like he will be headed to Robidas Island and his cap hit will remain on the books this year. Therefore we need to clear cap space before the season begins…Hunwick and Polak to the Marlies solves the problem.

  • Harte of a Lion

    This is exactly what the Leafs needed. I can guarantee Lou wouldn’t let him go even if he was 99%. He’ll have at least 2 pre-season starts under his belt before the opener.