Leafs' James van Riemsdyk hit by flu bug

James van Riemsdyk was sent home from practice on Monday with flu-like symptoms, but was to...

James van Riemsdyk was sent home from practice on Monday with flu-like symptoms, but was to accompany the Maple Leafs on their Florida trip this week. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:23 PM ET

TORONTO - Randy Carlyle had an extensive casualty list to get through on Monday before the Maple Leafs took off for Florida.

As many as four regulars could be out of action for Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers, but the good news was first-line winger James van Riemsdyk should be able to come back from a flu bug, David Clarkson is coming off the injured reserve list and veteran Jerred Smithson is on the two-game trip to centre the fourth line.

For now, forwards Peter Holland (foot), Trevor Smith (hand injury and weight room mishap) and Carter Ashton (hand) are out on Tuesday.

“JVR has the chills and the sweats, so we sent him home,” Carlyle said of a precautionary move. “Clarkson (bursa sac procedure) is getting closer to a probable.”

After using Greg McKegg for a few minutes on Saturday against Ottawa, the Leafs sent the rookie back to the Marlies and called up centre Jerred Smithson.


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