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Muzzin Out for Maple Leafs, Team Showcasing Travis Dermott?

With Jake Muzzin out of the lineup due to injury, the Toronto Maple Leafs are elevating Travis Dermott. Is this a showcase of sorts?

As the Toronto Maple Leafs get set to take on the Calgary Flames Monday night, they’ll have to try and keep their momentum going against a frustrated and motivated Calgary roster. The issue for the Leafs is that while the Flames try to rebound from a 7-1 loss against the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto will have to get a win without the services of three key players.

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The Maple Leafs will be without defenseman Jake Muzzin as the veteran blueliner suffered a broken bone in his last game. According to Kristen Shilton of TSN, Muzzin won’t play tonight and when he does return to action, he’ll be wearing a full-face shield.

Shilton also reports the the Maple Leafs will bee without forwards Zach Hyman and Joe Thornton as both wingers are listed as day-to-day. Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe didn’t reveal who will take Thornton’s spot on the top line. Thorton has seven points in four games since returning from a previous injury.

Could Leafs Be Showcasing Dermott?

With Muzzin out, Travis Dermott will be moved up to the team’s second pair on defense. This is a bit of a surprise considering he’s averaged less than 11 minutes per night in just 15 games this season.

Some may see this as a showcase as Dermott’s name has been mentioned in trade rumors recently. The Maple Leafs are seeking another top-six winger and Dermot’s name seems to pop up most often when it comes to assets going the other way.

Travis Dermott Maple Leafs
Travis Dermott Maple Leafs

Obviously, the Maple Leafs will deny that his promotion has anything to do with a potential trade, but it makes sense that the Leafs might want to see what Dermott can do in an elevated role.

The 24-year-old will be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent this summer and if he’s not on the trade block out of Toronto, the Maple Leafs need to know what he’s capable of.

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