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Martin Marincin called up by Leafs as Nikita Zaitsev heads to IR • The Faceoff Circle
In a move that has many surprised this morning, the Toronto Maple Leafs have re-arranged their defensive deck chairs. Nikita Zaitsev, who has played more minutes than just about anybody in Blue and White over the past season and a half, has been placed on Injured Reserve, while Martin Marincin has been called up to re-bolster Toronto’s options. Nikita Zaitsev takes a shot right in the blocker, heads to the bench in some discomfort pic.twitter.com/iUud8Hg4Qg — Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) December 16, 2017 While Zaitsev continued to play his usual 20+ minutes against the Red Wings on Friday night, it’s likely safe to say that his “lower-body” injury stems from this blocked shot in the second period of the game. The 26-year-old has yet to miss a game since beginning his NHL career at the start of last season, scoring 46 points in 116 games, but this IR placement will likely lead to the end of that ironman streak. Many will point to this stretch of time off, no matter how long it ends up being, as an interesting case study for Zaitsev and the team. While the Moscow native has his share of supporters in and out of the organization, ...