Morgan Rielly is out a minimum of eight weeks for the Toronto Maple Leafs with a fractured foot sustained in an 8-4 loss to the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Sunday.
The defenseman had a CT scan Monday and will be re-evaluated after eight weeks. He has been placed on injured reserve.
Rielly has 27 points (three goals, 24 assists) in 46 games this season and 270 (54 goals, 216 assists) in 516 regular-season games in the NHL, all with the Maple Leafs.
"It's just part of the journey," Rielly said Tuesday. "It happens to everyone and I'm not going to be overly dramatic about it. It is what it is. We've got a great training staff here and great doctors, so I'm not worried. I'm just going to work hard and try to get back.
"You can put a spin on it however you want, I've been doing that too. I guess you take the opportunity to rest, heal other injuries and do what you can to prepare mentally to get back and being in a good place to help the team."
Defenseman Rasmus Sandin was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Monday to take Rielly's roster spot. The 19-year-old, who was the No. 29 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, had two assists in six games earlier this season with the Maple Leafs and 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 21 games in the AHL.
The Maple Leafs have lost 107 man games this season; among the players on injured reserve are defenseman Jake Muzzin (foot, seven games missed) and forwards Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration, seven games) and Trevor Moore (concussion, seven games). In addition, forward Andreas Johnsson (leg, 15 games), forward Mitchell Marner (high ankle sprain, 11 games) and center John Tavares (broken finger, seven games) each has missed significant time because of injury.
"It's a good opportunity for us to rally as a group here," coach Sheldon Keefe said Tuesday. "It's a significant loss for us as was Jake Muzzin and when he went out, we played some good hockey and found ways to win consistently. That's gotten away on us now so it's time for more reflection as a team on where we need to get better and make up for extensive personnel losses."
Defenseman Tyson Barrie said each Toronto defenseman will have to do his part to pick up the slack with Rielly out.
"It's going to be a by-committee thing," Barrie said. "We have to take pride in some of us on the back end having more opportunity and being relied upon more, so it's going to be a good challenge for us.
"[Rielly] does everything out there. He moves the puck well, he creates offense but at the same time he plays so well defensively and all the big situations. Morgan's an amazing player, so he's not going to be easy to replace."
The Maple Leafs (24-16-6) host the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNO, MSG+, NHL.TV). They're 0-2-1 in their past three games following a 10-game point streak (9-0-1).