Toronto’s Leo Komarov suspended three games for elbowing NY Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh. Video: https://t.co/WDUVIwP6PZ
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) February 19, 2016
It seemed inevitable as soon as the hit occurred that we would be seeing a suspension for Leo Komarov, and now we know the length. Komarov will sit for three games putting him back in the lineup next Saturday against Montreal.
— Dave Shapiro (@BlueSeatBlogs) February 19, 2016
While Komarov playing with an edge is one of things that many people love about him, he’s probably lucky to escape with just three games here. As a first time offender he was likely receiving the benefit of the doubt.
There is also the small matter of the fact that the Leafs already have a very thin roster. With van Riemsdyk out, Matthias, Lupul, Michalek, Leivo, and Bozak out as well, with Grabner and Kadri nursing injuries, having the team’s leading score suspended for three games is the kind of thing that really makes it difficult to put up points.
Thankfully, most of us want to see the Leafs tank so this isn’t a big deal, but it does mean that we’ll probably see someone recalled from the Marlies in the next day or so, if one of the previously mentioned players haven’t healed yet.
Given that Jeremy Morin was recalled and didn’t get a chance to play last go around, I’d suspect he might get the opportunity or we could see the return of Brendan Leipsic after his strong debut.