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Maple Leafs Will Likely Be Short Key Players After NHL Pause Lifted

The Toronto Maple Leafs added four players to the COVID protocol list and if games resume on December 27th, the team will be short.

While the NHL and many of its teams have shut things down for the holidays, the names being added to the COVID protocol list continue to grow. For the Toronto Maple Leafs, the list is really starting to grow and one has to wonder if the NHL will consider postponing more games for the team following the pause.

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Toronto has placed David Kampf, Ilya Mikheyev, Petr Mrazek, Rasmus Sandin on the COVID protocol list. This is in addition to John Tavares, Alexander Kerfoot, Jason Spezza, Wayne Simmonds, T.J. Brodie, Travis Dermott, Jack Campbell, and head coach Sheldon Keefe already in the protocol.

For someone like Petr Mrazek, he just can’t seem to catch a break as he’s been unhealthy most of this NHL season.

Games are being held off until December 27th, but the Leafs are scheduled to meet the Columbus Blue Jackets on the 27th and it’s clear a good chunk of their lineup would be missing that game. Toronto (20-8-2) hasn’t played a game in a week and have had four games postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks all over the NHL.

Of course, the Maple Leafs aren’t the only team dealing with these issues. As Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reports, 131 players reported in active protocol (18% of rosters). 50 games have been postponed (45 in last 8 days) as a result.

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