The Maple Leafs will be without their captain and most valuable player for the next 3-4 weeks.
The team announced today that Mats Sundin suffered a ligament tear in his right elbow during a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Monday.
The veteran Swede seemed to hurt himself during a second-period collision with the Flyers' Ben Eager, yet shook off the pain to set up the game winner one period later.
"It could have been worse," GM John Ferguson said. "At least no surgery is required.
"I'm confident we can get through this."
Nik Antropov will take Sundinís spot on the top line with Alexei Ponikarovsky and Kyle Wellwood.
"I know there is more pressure to pick up the offensive slack," Wellwood said. "I welcome the challenge."
Last season Sundin was hit in the eye by the puck in the opener against Ottawa and missed the next six weeks. The Leafs rallied in his absence and played above .500 hockey until he returned.
For more on what this will mean for the Leafs, read Thursday's Toronto Sun or torontosun.com