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Travis Dermott out week-to-week with shoulder injury

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The Leafs won the game but lost an important part of their defensive core moving forward.

The team has confirmed that defenceman Travis Dermott will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of weeks after suffering a shoulder injury during their 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

Dermott sustained the injury when he was hit from behind into the boards shortly after getting rid of the puck by Oilers forward Brad Malone with about 9:56 remaining in the third period. He immediately headed straight to the locker room, and did not return for the duration of the game.

The 22-year old, who is in his second season with the Leafs, has posted four goals, 13 assists and a minus-1 rating in 60 games so far this season.

The injury could’t have occurred at a worse time for the team, as they just announced hours before the contest that Jake Gardiner would also be out week-to-week with a back injury.

For the time being, Martin Marincin and Justin Holl will take Dermott and Gardiner’s place in the lineup for Thursday’s highly anticipated game against the New York Islanders.

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Joe Thornton out at least a month with rib fracture

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without one of their top six forwards for a while.

The team announced that veteran Joe Thornton will be sidelined for a minimum of four weeks after sustaining a rib fracture while getting hit into the boards early in the third period of their 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

The 41-year old has recorded one goal, one assist and a minus-1 rating in five games this season.

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Why is Pierre-Luc Dubois asking to be traded? | NSS Live with Frank D’Angelo

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On the most recent episode of ‘NSS Live’: Frank D’Angelo, Bill Watters and Phil Esposito discussed the Pierre-Luc Dubois saga in Columbus and why the Blue Jackets forward demanded a trade request out of nowhere.

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Bruins to retire Willie O’Ree’s number 22 this season

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The Boston Bruins are set to honor the NHL’s first black player in a big way.

The team announced they are retiring Willie O’Ree’s number 22 and hanging it up in the rafters at TD Garden during a ceremony prior to their game against the New Jersey Devils on February 18.

The 85-year old, who made his NHL debut for the Bruins back in 1958, has already been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame under the builder category.

He ended his brief NHL career with four goals and 10 assists in 45 combined games. He also enjoyed a lengthy career in the WHL with the Los Angeles Blades and San Diego Gulls in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

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