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The Leafs place Joe Thornton on LTIR

After Sheldon Keefe told the media that Joe Thornton will be out of action for a month due to a rib fracture, the Leafs made the move to place the 41-year-old forward on long-term injury reserve.

He is now the second Leaf this week to be placed on LTIR after doing the same for Nick Robertson on Thursday. Additionally, they will be without Auston Matthews who will sit out Friday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers and have their forward depth tested very early. Meaning the likes of Pierre Engvall and Adam Brooks will make their season debuts tonight.

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In the third period, Thornton got hit by Josh Archibald and was in immediate discomfort. He went to the locker room afterwards and did not return.

In five games, Thornton has recorded a goal and an assist for two points.

All stats unless otherwise noted are from Hockey-Reference.com.

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