The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without one of their toughest players ’til the end of the month.
On Monday, Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said winger Frazer McLaren would be out at least two weeks with a broken finger.
McLaren, 25, suffered the injury during practice Saturday morning after taking a slash from teammate Carter Ashton.
Ashton, 22, is probably a dead man once McLaren recovers.
According to various reports, McLaren’s finger will be immobilized for at least two weeks (though, as the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno notes, typical recovery time is 4-6 weeks) and is in serious danger of missing Toronto’s season opener in Montreal on Oct. 1.
McLaren scored five points in 35 games for Toronto last year and finished second on the team in fights, with 12.
Andy Greene has been named Bryce Salvador’s successor as New Jersey’s team captain.
Greene, an undrafted free agent that’s spent his entire nine-year career with the Devils organization, becomes the 11th captain in the franchise’s history and third American to wear the “C” (Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner were the others).
A former standout at Miami of Ohio, Greene — who served as an alternate captain in each of the last two seasons — has developed into a steady, durable blueliner that hasn’t missed a game in three years. He’s also locked into the Devils long term, having signed a five-year, $25 million extension with the club last summer.
That deal kicks in this season, and runs through 2020.
As for the rest of the leadership group, four players will serve as alternate captains this season: Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri, and Adam Henrique.
Elias and Zajac both wore an “A” in New Jersey last year, while Cammalleri and Henrique are first-timers.
Why didn’t Colorado coach Patrick Roy call timeout at some point during the Minnesota Wild’s four-goals-in-5:07 outburst last night in Denver?
A new NHL rule was a factor in his thinking.
“I was thinking about it, I won’t lie to you,” Roy said after his Avalanche blew a three-goal lead in the third period and lost 5-4.
“My only problem is, if I use my timeout I lose my challenge. Then if something happens and it’s a goal, then we cannot make any challenge, that’s the reason I did not do it.”
Before anyone jumps down his throat for saving something he’s unlikely to need, there was another factor, too.
“The other reason why I didn’t do it was we had two TV timeouts, back to back,” he said. “We regrouped. We had time to talk. How long do we need? We had 45 seconds two times in a row before they scored I think the third and the fourth goal. We talked even after the fifth goal.”
As you can see, they did…talk.
The Avs are back in action Saturday versus Dallas.