This has been a season of good fortune for Travis Dermott, and his luck is still holding.
It turns out the Maple Leafs defenceman does not have a broken foot, as feared when he blocked a hard shot in Saturday’s home loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
“The X-ray was negative, then they did the (MRI) scan and it was negative,” Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said Monday morning. “A few days later, they did it again. It’s not broke. He’s walking around and all that. Give him a couple of days and he should be up and running.”
Dermott, a 21-year-old NHL rookie who spent the first half of the season playing for the AHL Marlies, joined the big club back in early January. He has recorded 13 points in 36 games, with an impressive plus-17 rating, the highest of all the club’s blue-liners.
Dermott and stay-at-home partner Roman Polak had been working well together. Polak has been allowing Dermott to rush the puck or get off a crisp first pass on breakouts.
His absence meant Babcock had to scramble new pairings for Monday’s game against Buffalo.
Polak was scheduled to start with Jake Gardiner, breaking up Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev, the latter going with veteran Ron Hainsey, who switches to the left side. Morgan Rielly, Hainsey’s usual partner, was going to line up with Connor Carrick.
“Left and right shots,” Babcock explained of seeking balance. “Zee and Hainsey have played together a bit after power plays and we’ll see how that goes. Plus, we didn’t play with the intensity we needed the last time we played Buffalo (in a 3-2 loss).”
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