The Toronto Maple Leafs are down yet another player. Matt Hunwick is going on the shelf and will require surgery for a sports hernia, coach Mike Babcock told the media Tuesday.
Hunwick says that the injury has been bothering him “for about four weeks” and “was causing other problems,” according to the Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle.
Hunwick exiting the lineup creates a big audition for Martin Marincin, who is moving into the team’s top pairing with Morgan Rielly. “We think he’s got a lot of potential,” Babcock said Tuesday.
Hunwick will join Nathan Horton, James van Riemsdyk, Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak, Raffi Torres, Jared Cowen and Stephane Robidas in the half roster of players on the Leafs payroll who are not going to play again this season. The Leafs also have Alex Stalock and Mark Arcobello buried in the AHL.
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