November 7, 2011
Leafs lose Connolly to injury again
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Tim Connolly is out of the Maple Leafs lineup.
The $9.5-million US centre will be out of action for up to 10 days and possibly as long as two weeks, Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after practice on Monday.
Connolly missed the first eight games of the season with a cracked bone in his shoulder. In six games, he has one goals and three assists.
“He got an upper-body injury that is totally unrelated to the other injury,” Wilson said. “He was hurt in the game (the 7-0 loss to Boston). Got hurt in the first penalty kill, left the ice for a bit, felt OK. Played regular (shift) in the game, and I did not think about it until I got the e-mail yesterday that he is going to be out.”
Tyler Bozak will take Connolly’s place on the top line with wingers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul.
Wilson refused to discuss the nature of Connolly’s latest injury.
“Generally, I don’t know a team in the league, unless somebody has obviously broken a bone, says anything other than upper body or lower body,” Wilson said. “If I say anything, everybody is investigating and we are accused of not being honest. It’s honest to say it is upper body and we will go from there.
“Players’ safety is paramount. The only reason they publish injuries in the NFL is because of betting.”
Wilson said a player will be recalled from the Toronto Marlies. It’s bound to be one of Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin, Nazem Kadri or Mike Zigomanis.
Connolly missed 190 games since the lockout with the Buffalo Sabres because of various injuries. But that did not stop the Leafs from signing him to a two-year, $9.5-million US pact in July.
Meanwhile, Luke Schenn will be back in the lineup on Tuesday against the Florida Panthers after he was a healthy scratch against the Bruins, meaning Cody Franson probably will come back out.
Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal against the Panthers, Wilson said.