Tavares returns to practice
- Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a broken finger on Oct. 16 against the Washington Capitals.
- The 29-year-old skated on a line flanked by Mitch Marner and Trevor Moore, but head coach Mike Babcock says it’s unclear when Tavares will return to game action.
“I can’t tell you when he’s playing. I just know we’re doing everything, and he’s doing everything, to be ready when he gets his opportunity,” Babcock said following Wednesday’s practice, according to The Athletic’s Jonas Siegel. “The doctors will check that out and decide when he’s available.”
- The Leafs don’t play again until they meet the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, and Tavares says he’ll have a better idea of his status for that contest after practice on Friday, according to the Toronto Sun’s Terry Koshan.
- Tavares was originally slated to be out for at least two weeks.
- The Ontario native tallied three goals and seven points in eight games before his injury.
- Tavares led the Leafs and finished third in the NHL with a career-high 47 goals in 2018-19.
Maple Leafs open to trading Marincin
- Defenseman Martin Marincin is the latest expendable depth player for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“Jake Muzzin’s health could change this, but Toronto would move Martin Marincin,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman wrote in Wednesday’s edition of “31 Thoughts.”
- Marincin has been a frequent healthy scratch and has played only six games for the Maple Leafs this season, collecting no points while averaging 11:06 in ice time.
- Muzzin left Tuesday’s loss to the Washington Capitals with a leg injury, and Leafs head coach Mike Babcock had no update on his status Wednesday, according to TSN’s Kristen Shilton.
- The Toronto back end was bolstered by the return of Travis Dermott, who made his season debut on Tuesday.
- Marincin has spent parts of five campaigns with Toronto and has notched 19 points in 122 contests over that span. The Leafs re-signed the 27-year-old to a one-year deal at the league minimum of $700,000 in June.
- Friedman reported earlier in October that Toronto was looking to trade forward Nic Petan to give him a better opportunity to play and to clear room on the roster for Zach Hyman’s impending return.
Sources & Credits: Jonas Siegel, Elliotte Friedman, Kristen Shilton, The Score