Maple Leafs Recall Liljegren from the AHL Marlies

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs have made another blue line move, recalling Timothy Liljegren from the American Hockey League Marlies.

On Monday, the team summoned Swedish teenager Rasmus Sandin from their top farm team and placed Morgan Rielly on injured reserve, saying he will be out a minimum of eight weeks with a fractured foot.

Rielly was hurt blocking a shot in Sunday’s 8-4 road loss against the Florida Panthers.

The Leafs have been without Jake Muzzin — another top-4 defenceman — since he broke his foot Dec. 27. The team said at the time the 30-year-old was listed as week-to-week, but he was placed on IR before Sunday’s loss.

The 20-year-old Liljegren has one goal and six assists in 26 games with the Marlies this season.

Marlies defenseman Timothy Liljegren
HERSHEY, PA – MARCH 15: Toronto Marlies defenseman Timothy Liljegren (7) skates to the puck during the Toronto Marlies vs. the Hershey Bears AHL hockey game March 15, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Toronto picked the Swede 17th overall in the 2017 NHL draft.

Liljegren is likely insurance for a defensive corps that now consists of Travis Dermott, Justin Holl, Martin Marincin, Tyson Barrie, Cody Ceci and Sandin.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 14, 2020.

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