TORONTO - Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov will not play against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night as he continues to recover from a concussion that he suffered over the weekend.
Komarov's concussion symptoms have subsided, according to head coach Randy Carlyle. The 27-year-old forward didn't skate Monday or Tuesday morning, but Carlyle implied that his game absence is precautionary.
"It just seems like there's a protocol that when the player has symptoms, then there's a timeframe that he has to be symptom-free, and we're working on that now," Carlyle said after his team's morning skate. "He's working out and he's riding a bike, so it's not like he's in there laying on the bed doing nothing. He's active. So we don't foresee this being a long-term thing, but we don't control that."
The Leafs have had recent experience with a similar situation. When Daniel Winnik fell head first Nov. 6 at the Colorado Avalanche, the team held him out of the next two games, even though he said he didn't have a concussion.
Carlyle said of Komarov only that he's "unavailable for tonight" but added that "there's a timeframe in which we have to wait" for his symptoms to be gone. Komarov was hit in the head by an accidental elbow from Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin last Saturday night.
Richard Panik is expected to replace Komarov in Toronto's lineup.