Leafs send Mitch Marner, Rasmus Sandin to injured reserve

Dec 7 2021, 3:47 pm

Mitch Marner and Rasmus Sandin are set to be out a little while longer for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Today, the team announced that both Marner and Sandin had been sent to the NHL’s injured reserve list.

Marner, who has missed the Leafs’ last two games, is dealing with a shoulder injury after a collision with defenceman Jake Muzzin in practice last Friday.

ESPN’s Kristen Shilton reports that his timeline could be 3-4 weeks to return to action.

Meanwhile, Sandin was on the receiving end of a knee-on-knee collision from Jets’ defenceman Neal Pionk in Sunday night’s 6-3 loss.

Pionk was suspended for two games for the play on Sandin, but that’s little consolation for Leafs’ fans, as Sandin’s timeline to return is 2-3 weeks, per TSN’s Chris Johnston.

To correspond with the pair of injuries, defencemen Alex Biega and Kristiāns Rubīns as well as forward Alex Steeves were all recalled to the NHL from the Toronto Marlies.

Steeves is the most interesting of the three call-ups, having scored seven goals and five assists for an even 12 points in 12 games with the Marlies this year. Both Biega and Rubīns have been up with the Leafs on short stints this year, but neither has made it into the lineup yet.

Meanwhile, forward Joey Anderson was also loaned to the Marlies in the process.

The Leafs take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at home tonight, with puck drop set for 7 pm ET.

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