The NHL regular-season hasn’t launched and yet injuries are mounting. Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares is the latest casualty.
Captain Tavares will be out at least three weeks with an oblique injury. “He’s a huge part of our team and that alters our (Oct. 12 opening night) plan for sure,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe told the Toronto Sun. “But we’ve played without guys before. There’s opportunity to step in and fill up that space.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, the Vancouver Canucks face the reality of playing for a while without forward Ilya Mikheyev and Brock Boeser. Mikheyev, penciled in for 20 goals this season, is out week-to-week with a lower body injury. Boeser, a proven scorer, will be gone three to four weeks because of hand surgery.
The Philadelphia Flyers have been hit hard by injuries this fall, starting with last week’s announcement that defenseman Ryan Ellis is gone for the season. Goalie Carter Hart will miss the first three preseason games. Center Sean Couturier is out week-to-week. Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher will update his condition Wednesday.
Just a reminder when someone tells you John Tavares is old and finished, he was 15th highest scoring centre last year despite 2nd line usage.
At this point how underrated is he?
— Edna Garrett (@WatchMyReview) September 26, 2022
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