|Leafs rookie Nazem Kadri will miss Sunday’s game with injury. (MORRIS LAMONT/QMI Agency, file)
LONDON, Ont. -- Toronto rookie star Nazem Kadri missed Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with what Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke called "a minor strain of the hip flexor, while Penguins defenceman Alex Grant was released from a local hospital earlier in the day after being taken off on a stretcher Saturday afternoon.
"Nazem wants to play, but it's a precautionary measure," Burke said. "It's unfortunate for the fans in London (Kadri's hometown and junior hockey base), but it makes sense. We expect him to play Tuesday (against Ottawa)."
Kadri had tried to throw some hard hits on Saturday during a 6-3 win over Chicago, one drawing a retaliation penalty, the other leading to a Toronto goal. He didn't get a point, but is projected to fight for a first or second line role at the main Leafs camp starting at the end of the week.
"I liked his game (Saturday)," Burke said. "I thought he was dangerous with the puck, I thought he was physical. That was his game in junior and I was impressed it didn't falter at all."
Meanwhile, Pens general manager Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that Grant was diagnosed with a broken wrist and whiplash. He will be re-examined in Pittsburgh later this week.
Hit from behind by Ottawa's David Dziurzynski into the boards, his neck and extremities were immobilized as a precaution.
The Leaf were also without forward Jamie Devane after he was ridden into the boards hard in the Chicago game.
"His head went into the boards, he's not feeling great, a little woozy," Toronto coach Dallas Eakins said. "We're bring in (6-foot-4 Marlie) Richard Greenop for some muscle in case things get out of hand."