Nylander’s WJC is Done, Arcobello and Bibeau Loaned to Marlies

According to the IIHF official website, William Nylander’s WJC tournament is over.

Nylander was the victim of a blindside hit to the head by Switzerland’s Chris Egli in Sweden’s first game of the preliminary round and hasn’t touched the ice since. Nobody has confirmed that it’s a concussion issue, but one can assume since it almost always is with these kinds of hits.

According to the IIHF report, Nylander will be leaving the tournament immediately and returning to Toronto, not long after Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello arrived in Helsinki to meet with Team Sweden officials and discuss Nylander. You have to imagine that Lou simply went to shut down any notion that Nylander could return later in the tournament. 

Not to sound alarmist, but if Nylander is being brought back to Toronto and not being granted the opportunity to stay and watch Sweden in their Semifinals matchup against Finland and their Tuesday medal game (for gold or bronze), then the Leafs front office are likely very concerned for his health.

After this afternoon’s home game, the Toronto Marlies embark on a five-game road trip starting Friday that keeps them away until January 17th. It’ll be a while before we see Nylander playing again at Ricoh Coliseum.

Arcobello and Bibeau Get Loaned

Speaking of this afternoon’s Marlies game, the Leafs have loaned forward Mark Arcobello and goaltender Antoine Bibeau back to the Marlies ahead of the 3:00 PM puck drop. 

Let’s not call it a demotion just yet, though. The keyword in the Leafs’ press release is ‘loaned’, suggesting this is a temporary situation. 

The Leafs don’t play again until Wednesday in Anaheim, so they won’t be needing Arcobello or Bibeau over the next few days. The Marlies, on the other hand, are quite banged up. With guys like Kasperi Kapanen and William Nylander on World Juniors duty (or injured, obviously), the Marlies forward group is certainly lacking some scoring pop. Also, let’s not forget that Garret Sparks is also on the shelf. Last night, it was Rob Madore in net for the Marlies, backed up by Ray Emery. 

With no indication that Nick Spaling or Byron Froese will be ready to go by Wednesday and no word on when James Reimer will be ready to play again (he will be travelling with the team), we’ll likely see Arcobello and Bibeau back with the Leafs before their date with the Ducks.

  • Jeremy Ian

    Watching that replay over and over makes me sick.

    I hope this is preventative medicine, to keep WN out of games until he’s fully recovered, lest the national federation be tempted to get Nylander into the gold medal game. (as they no doubt would want to).

  • SEER

    Well…, I think it’s more of a precaution, than anything…, but I wish him a quick recovery…

    Andreas Johnson is in his final Junior year with Frolunda.. and might even possibly be a dark horse for the Leafs, in the next camp…

    Here’s a brand new montage for him, with some of this season’s highlights.. Can’t wait to see this guy play with the Marlies and/or Leafs next season..! Some may not like his height, but you will LOVE his plays..!

    Andreas Johnson
    Right Wing — shoots L
    Born Nov 21 1994 — Gavle, Sweden
    21 yrs. ago
    Height 5.10 — Weight 183

    RECENT STATS: (*up to Jan. 3rd 2016)

    2015-16 Frolunda HC Indians – SHL
    30 Games… 13 Goals… 12 Assists…25 Points… +3
    2015-16 Team Sweden – Euro. Hockey Tour
    2 Games… 0 Goal… 1 Assist… 1 Point… +/- 0
    2015-16 Frolunda HC Indians – *CHL (*Champions) (*on loan)
    10 Games… 3 Goals… 7 Assists… 10 Points… -3 *PPG

    Toronto-Bound: Andreas Johnson 2015-16 Season Highlights – TML

    —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss5jxGl6Qlw