Leafs lose leading scorer van Riemsdyk (broken foot) for 6-8 weeks

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Not a great last couple of days in Leaf land.

Following a dismal 7-0 blowout loss at the hands of San Jose, the Leafs learned on Monday that leading scorer James van Riemsdyk would miss the next 6-8 weeks with a broken foot.

Van Riemsdyk, who has 14 goals and 29 points through 40 games this season, has been one of the most durable players on Toronto’s roster over the last few years. He’s missed just two of the last 254 games and was on pace to come within striking distance of his career high in points (he had 61 during the ’13-14 campaign).

With van Riemsdyk sidelined, the Leafs have recalled Josh Leivo from the AHL Marlies.

It’s hard to say just how profound this loss is for Toronto, but it’s clear it’s a big one.

The Leafs are not an offensive juggernaut, sitting just 23rd in the NHL in goals for, and van Riemsdyk was one of only three double-digit goalscorers on the roster, along with Leo Komarov and P.A. Parenteau.