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Travis Dermott is having surgery and that’s probably ruined your day (and likely his summer)

So that ain’t great. I will also point out the word MINIMUM in there. So November 10th would be the early return.

You may have noticed we put together a little year in review on Dermott this morning

Travis Dermott has paid his third pairing dues and is ready for more

A big chunk of that was talking about Dermott is ready to take the next step in his career and move up into the Leafs top four defense group. It also mentioned that Dermott was in a need of a new defense partner as his most frequent partners of Ozhiganov and Gardiner were departing. Well, given that Dermott isn’t going to get a training camp with the Leafs this fall, it seems that the safe bet is to pencil him in for the third pairing when he does return, and that leaves Rielly, Muzzin, and probably Nikita Zaitsev by default as the top three defensemen on the Leafs at the moment.

 I guess the silver lining to all of this is that the Leafs do have bottom pairing replacement options. Calle Rosen and Andreas Borgman are extremely affordable depth options. And if Rasmus Sandin or Timothy Liljegren earn a shot to prove their worth in the NHL as a result of this injury, that could be nice too.

Back in reality, losing Dermott is bad, really bad. It puts a bit more of a sense of urgency on finding a top four defenseman when the Leafs have zero dollars available to commit to such a task. Dermott being on an entry level deal pretty much guarantees that whoever is replacing him at best costs around the same cap hit. There’s also the fact that this delays the development of a promising young defenseman who is poised for bigger things.

This sums up the Leafs situation at the moment. Hyman and Dermott are out long term. The Matthews surgery probably isn’t going to be an issue by next season, and we’re still left wondering about what’s up with Tavares. While most oblique injuries have a recovery period of a few weeks, you can’t help but think about the worse scenarios at the moment.

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  • magesticRAGE

    That’s bad news, but with a silver lining.
    If it wasn’t for Nylander’s holdout, we wouldn’t necessarily have seen the breakout of Kapanen. If it weren’t for Ennis breaking his ankle, we wouldn’t have known how effective Moore was at the NHL level. This is a prime example of what Babcock preaches about opportunity, and the team may be better for in the long run. Maybe Engvall get a look, Liljigren may impress at the more organized NHL level, Holl may be a good NHLer with some legitimate ice time. Who knows…