Maple Leafs defenceman Conor Timmins out ‘week-to-week’ with lower-body harm

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Conor Timmins shall be sidelined week-to-week with a lower-body harm, head coach Sheldon Keefe instructed reporters on Monday.

Timmins had an MRI scan to find out the severity of the harm that he suffered within the workforce’s pre-season recreation in opposition to the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 29.

The 25-year-old was having a standout efficiency throughout pre-season, the place he scored six factors in two video games, together with a four-point evening in opposition to the Buffalo Sabres.

Toronto acquired the defenceman from the Arizona Coyotes final season, and in 25 video games, Timmins had 14 factors whereas skating third-pair minutes.

The Maple Leafs’ mission with Timmins throughout coaching camp was to spherical out his recreation so he may be simply as efficient in his personal zone, with out the puck.

“It’s a matter of consistency,” Keefe instructed reporters. “There’s extra to taking part in that place, proper? It’s constantly being dependable to interrupt the puck out, dependable to defend, dependable to play in opposition to good gamers at instances, not must be sheltered. All these sorts of issues are essential to take a step. 

“He’s labored actually exhausting to present himself an opportunity to compete right here in camp, and it’s good to see him get rewarded on an evening like tonight.” 

Timmins is within the first-year of a two-year contract extension that carries a $1.1-million cap hit.

Keefe additionally famous that defenceman John Klingberg continues to cope with an upper-body harm however mentioned that it’s a minor ailment. Klingberg has been sidelined the previous 5 days of camp with the harm.


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