Announced early on Monday morning, the news was as many fans had feared. And it was not good.
Maple Leafs star Center, Auston Matthews, is out for a minimum of 4 weeks with a shoulder injury.
Auston Matthews (shoulder) is expected to be out a minimum of four weeks and will be placed on injured reserve today. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) October 29, 2018
The injury occurred while playing the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday evening at the Scotiabank Arena, during a play where Matthews cut hard back to the front of the net and was smashed into by Jacob Trouba.
Matthews, 21 years old, immediately doubled over in pain as he skated to the bench and shortly thereafter exited the arena to be treated in the team’s dressing room.
— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) October 28, 2018
So what happens next?
Leafs will still have John Tavares, Nazem Kadri, Par Lindholm, and Frederik Gauthier to play up the middle of the rink. This is acceptable moving forward but not as daunting as with Matthews in the lineup. Obviously.
Does this facilitate William Nylander getting signed to increased offensive production?
Do the Leafs make any call ups from the Marlies?
If Kyle Dubas, had been working on a trade does this injury stop or speed up that conversation?
Many questions remain, we just hope that Auston Matthews gets treatment on his shoulder and gets back to the lineup only when he is FULLY recovered and not a minute sooner.
More news as it develops……