Maple Leafs Defenseman Out Weeks With Injury

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Rasmus Sandin was not present for practice on Monday and speculation started spreading like wild fire. Turns out he's injured with a lower-body alignment and will likely miss significant time.

Sandin has been great this season, playing in a career-high 51 games and registering 16 points. He's been given some minutes on the team's second power-play unit which will now likely be run by newly acquired veteran Mark Giordano, who is scheduled to begin practice with Toronto on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Sandin has a history of knee injuries so this is something the team will be monitoring closely, no doubt. 

Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has been busy these past couple of days, waiving goaltender Petr Mrazek, trading defensemen Travis Dermott and Alex Biega, and now with Ondrej Kase and Sandin being out, look for the team to capitalize on the extra cap space before 3pm.

Toronto has been linked to a number of players as Dubas has been engaged with several teams in trade conversations. They continue to look for depth defenseman who are hard to play against, a veteran goaltender with playoff experience, and a second-line left-winger who can slot in nicely beside John Tavares and William Nylander. 

Lots can happen between now and 3pm, get your popcorn ready Leafs Nation.

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