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The next time you see the Toronto Maple Leafs will be in 2022, as the NHL postponed its last game before the New Years after the club revealed that in addition to the large number of players on the roster. NHLs who are in the NHL’s COVID protocol, most of the Toronto Marlies have been affected by the Omicron variant.

“The Marlies had 24 players and five staff tested positive for COVID-19, the Leafs 14 players and seven staff between active players and injured reserve players. Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said in a Zoom news article on Sunday.

John Tavares and Ondrej Kase were on the ice Sunday for the first time since testing positive in Vancouver on December 17 and forwards Wayne Simmonds, Jason Spezza and Alex Kerfoot were cleared and participated in practice at the Ford Performance Center Monday, but the lack of defensemen and goaltenders was clearly a factor in the postponement of Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh in the NHL.

“I don’t think we would have enough defenders to play and we would also be missing a goalie,” Dubas said. “Ian Scott trained today, but he’s still in the injured reserve. So we have Joe Woll who came in and trained today, but I think we’d probably run out of it again. one or two depending on how things are going. “

The Leafs now have six games to catch up and will have the three weeks previously set aside for the Olympic break to catch up on those games, but there has been speculation with Omicron leading to more than 9,400 positive cases in Ontario on Monday and the province limiting the fan l ‘access to 50% (with Alberta and Manitoba) of the schedule being further modified to play games in the United States where full capacity is reached and move home games to Canada later in the season in the goal of maximizing income.

We had no idea of ​​(rescheduling) the postponed matches. Certainly those dates and the opening three weeks (with what) was supposed to be the Olympic break help reduce congestion, ”Dubas said. (but there was nothing at all regarding moving the games to Canada.

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Junior World Update

Leafs ‘Topi hopes Niemela and Roni Hirvonen were wasted in Finland’s 3-1 win over Germany on Sunday, but the 2021 second round Matthew Knies scored the United States’ first goal in a 3 -2 against the Slokavia in Red Deer, Alta.

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