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Jake Muzzin out four weeks after suffering broken hand

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The 2019/2020 Toronto Maple Leafs are truly cursed. Even when something good happens, it comes at a cost.

The team has confirmed that defenceman Jake Muzzin will be sidelined for about a month after suffering a broken hand when he blocked a
blocked a Victor Hedman shot during their 4-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

The news comes two days after he inked a four-year contract extension with the team worth an average annual value of $5.625 million. He joins Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci as prominent Leafs defenceman out with an injury.

The 31-year old has compiled six goals, 17 assists and a plus-12 rating to go along with 108 hits and 110 blocked shots in 52 games this season.

The Leafs have called up recently acquired defenceman Calle Rosen from the Marlies to take Muzzin’s place in the lineup.

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Coyotes and Taylor Hall are in talks regarding a contract extension

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The coronavirus lockdown isn’t stopping the Arizona Coyotes from getting to business.

In recent days, the team has reportedly had discussions for pending unrestricted free agent Taylor Hall about a potential long-term contract extension.

“I have shared some calls with Darren (Taylor Hall’s agent). I think we’re both just trying to get our head wrapped around this scenario here and how it affects the Coyotes; how it potentially affects Taylor. It’s unique,” said Coyotes General Manager John Chayka.

“I don’t have an answer for you other than to say, no, we haven’t exchanged numbers or anything like that.

The 28-year old was initially acquired by the Coyotes in a multiplayer deal with the New Jersey Devils on December 16.

Hall, a five-time NHL All-Star and recipient of the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2018, has compiled 10 goals, 17 assists and a minus-3 rating in 35 games in the Grand Canyon State.

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Robin Lehner isn’t confident that the NHL season will be salvaged

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Many of those around the NHL are optimistic that the season will resume, whether it’s as early as June or in the latter half of the summer is up for debate. But one individual who isn’t optimistic about the future of the season: Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner.

“No, I don’t think it is possible to shut down and then run again when you have 100,000 cases of the coronavirus. Safety goes first,” said Lehner during an interview with Swedish media outlet Expressen.

“You can’t turn 180 degrees and start playing again. I see a zero percent chance that you can save this season. Now I hope that next season can start as usual in October.”

Lehner had been acquired by Vegas via the Blackhawks prior to the NHL trade deadline on February 24. He played in just three games with the Golden Knights before the league had been put to a halt, posting a 3-0-0 record, 1.67 goals against average and a .940 save percentage during that span.

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Tuukka Rask could potentially retire after next season

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Tuukka Rask might be hanging up the skates sooner than expected.

The veteran Boston Bruins netminder confirms he is considering retirement after the conclusion of his current contract.

“I have one year left in the contract, so we’ll see if I even play. We’ll see. Always a possibility.” said Rask.

The 33-year old Finnish native is in the seventh season of the eight-year, $56 million contract he signed in 2013.

Rask, who was initially selected 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, was traded to the Bruins while he was still playing in Europe. He has played his entire NHL career with the Bruins, posting a 516-291-158 combined record, 2.26 goals against average, .922 save percentage and 50 shutouts over a span of 13 seasons and 536 regular season games. He has also appeared in 89 playoff games, won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and the Vezina Trophy in 2014.

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