Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell will be out “weeks” with a leg injury, the team announced Tuesday.
It’s believed Campbell sustained the injury Sunday in a contest against the Calgary Flames.
Reports haven’t exactly zeroed in on when the injury occurred in the game, however. It was reported Campbell was in some discomfort in the third period and was shaking his leg out when the play was out of the Maple Leafs’ zone. There was also a scramble in the crease and Matthew Tkachuk more or less fell on him, but Campbell remained in the game.
Regardless, Campbell is out. He missed Monday’s practice.
“So not days, but weeks,” Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said Tuesday. “We’re obviously going to monitor his recovery over that time.”
Frederik Andersen pulls starting gig duties against the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome Tuesday, with Michael Hutchinson serving as backup. Joseph Woll has been called up from the taxi squad.
Eight games into the season, Toronto is already having its goaltending depth tested.
The loss of Aaron Dell last week to a New Jersey waiver claim is just one of those things now and the signing of Hutchinson to a two-year deal in the off-season is starting to look pretty smart. The 30-year-old is a journeyman at his position, going 4-9-1 during his tenure with the Maple Leafs in 2019-2020 before he was traded to Colorado at the deadline.
For now, all eyes are on Andersen again. He’s 3-2-0 with a .898 save percentage to start the season.
“That’s the game,” Keefe said. “That’s why you try to set yourself up with as much depth as possible, to deal with whatever might come our way. I do think the way the schedule sets up here now, it’s pretty favourable for us and for Fred Andersen’s workload.”
Campbell is 2-0-0 so far, with a .923 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average.
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