Toronto Maple Leafs receive the worst possible news about Jake Muzzin

Published February 22, 2023 at 1:07 PM

Hockey is a physical game and as such, there's a lot of wear and tear on player's bodies. Sometimes, not getting something looked at causes more problems in the future as you try to play through it. As is the case with Toronto Maple Leaf defender Jake Muzzin.

Now, it appears the Leafs are set to provide an update on the veteran defenceman as per TSN's Darren Dreger, take a look:

Expect the Toronto Maple Leafs to address Jake Muzzin's future this week. All indications suggest the veteran defenceman's season is over. Not surprising, but it will provide clarity for the remainder of the year.

Muzzin, 34, only played in 4 games for the Leafs this season before being placed on LTIR, collecting 1 assist. This announcement coming right before the trade deadline could mean the Leafs can finally use the cap space provided by Muzzin's injury. After Dreger's tweet there was some theories that the Maple Leafs could use their cap space and have Jake Muzzin return for the playoffs, similar to Nikita Kucherov previously did in Tampa Bay.

The Maple Leafs however confirmed that was not the case.

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that after follow-up consultation this month with various specialists, our medical staff have determined that defenceman Jake Muzzin has been ruled out for the rest of the 2022-23 regular season and playoffs as he recovers from a cervical spine injury.

The club will provide a further update as to his status at training camp in September 2023. Muzzin skated in four games with the Maple Leafs this season and recorded one assist.

Muzzin not being able to return this season, all but likely means the defender's career is officially over. It's unfortunate that his career had to end this way, if this is, in fact the end.
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Toronto Maple Leafs receive the worst possible news about Jake Muzzin

Will Jake Muzzin ever play again?

No, it's too dangerous10873.5 %
You never know with today's medical2919.7 %
Yes, he'll find a way106.8 %
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