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Maple Leafs put Bozak on IR; Seguin back for Stars

by Staff

The Toronto Maple Leafs placed center Tyler Bozak (oblique strain) on injured reserve Thursday. An MRI exam for Bozak revealed the injury, and coach Randy Carlyle told reporters at the morning skate it will keep him out for an "extended period of time."

Bozak was injured during a 4-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. He recently returned from a hamstring injury that cost him 12 games. He has 11 points, a plus-5 rating and is averaging 21:04 of ice time in 16 games.

The injuries continue to pile up around the Maple Leafs, who play host to the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Although Phil Kessel (undisclosed) will play, Joffrey Lupul (groin strain) and Dave Bolland (severed Achilles tendon) are out. Colton Orr had a procedure done on a bursa sac in his elbow and was placed on IR.

"It's very frustrating and disappointing that we're going through the rash of injuries that we are now," Carlyle said. "But it's really not time to talk about the injured players. It's time to talk about the players that we have in our lineup; there's opportunities made available."

The Maple Leafs recalled forward Jerry D'Amigo from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Forward Jerred Smithson was assigned to the Marlies to make room for D'Amigo.

"It's a great opportunity for me to get my first shot here," D'Amigo said. "Hopefully I'm not too nervous."

The Stars are banged up as well. Ryan Garbutt (lower body) is out. Tyler Seguin (concussion) was on the ice Thursday morning and will be in the lineup.

Here are the projected lines for the Stars and Maple Leafs:


Jamie BennTyler SeguinRich Peverley

Ray WhitneyCody EakinAlex Chiasson

Antoine RousselVernon FiddlerDustin Jeffrey

Erik ColeShawn HorcoffValeri Nichushkin

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley

Brenden DillonJamie Oleksiak

Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen

Dan Ellis

Scratched: Jordie Benn

Injured: Ryan Garbutt (lower body), Stephane Robidas (leg), Aaron Rome (muscle)


James van RiemsdykNazem KadriPhil Kessel

Mason RaymondTrevor SmithDavid Clarkson

Jerry D'AmigoPeter HollandNikolai Kulemin

Frazer McLarenJay McClementCarter Ashton

Carl GunnarssonDion Phaneuf

Jake GardinerCody Franson

Morgan RiellyPaul Ranger

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

Scratched: Mark Fraser

Injured: Tyler Bozak (oblique strain), Colton Orr (elbow), Dave Bolland (ankle), Joffrey Lupul (groin)

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