Breaking: Babcock updates media on Dermott injury

The Leafs need this kid…

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In case you missed it on Saturday, Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Travis Dermott left the game midway through the first period in the team’s 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last night and did not return.

It appeared that Dermott was injured while unintentionally blocking a shot off his foot. He was in considerable pain afterward and did not return to the game. 

Here’s the play in question:

Turns out it wasn’t just a stinger. But the extent of the injury and Dermott’s status has not yet been confirmed. Head coach Mike Babcock met with the assembled media after the game to offer up an update:

Well, that’s… somewhat encouraging? 

This morning Babcock met with the media yet again to offer a more formal update. This time, the news was more than encouraging. 

Check it out:

Whew. Bullet dodged. Officially Dermott is listed as day to day, so don’t expect him for tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Leafs don’t play again until Thursday night when they take on the surging New Jersey Devils in New Jersey, if Dermott can’t go then, he’ll likely play Saturday at home in the Leafs’ final 2017-18 regular season game against the rival Montreal Canadiens

Rumour: Caps’ Carlson to join the Leafs this summer?

It’s no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs have been seeking a high-end defenceman to join their blue line the past two seasons. The Leafs have been seemingly tied to every available defenceman on the trade and free-agent market the past 18 months including Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ryan McDonagh, Mike Green and Erik Gudbranson, yet have failed to bring in anyone significant via trade or free-agency. Well, that may all change this offseason.

According to Leafs insider James Mirtle of The Athletic, the team would be smart to target Washington Capitals defenceman John Carlson on the free-agent market this upcoming offseason. In his latest Mailbag column, Mirtle takes a look at the likelihood of the Leafs scoring the 28 year old offensive defenceman this upcoming offseason. Put bluntly, Mirtle claims, “Carlson absolutely makes sense for the Leafs.”

And really… what’s not to like? The offensive dynamo leads all NHL defencemen in scoring this season with a remarkable 15 goals and 64 points in 76 games. He’s a right-shooting, puck moving, PP quarterback in the prime of his career. In other words: he’s everything the Leafs have been looking for the past two seasons. But the real question is, what’s he going to cost?

Here’s Mirtle’s take:

There's no question Carlson will be costly. You're looking at $7-million minimum if he goes to free agency. Perhaps even closer to Brent Burns' $8-million cap hit, given his career year and the dearth of other RD available. But I would rather have Carlson at that number than same-aged Jake Gardiner at six (or whatever his next deal is) and on the left side, where you've got Travis Dermott and Andreas Borgman coming.

Good point. Carlson might be expensive, but if the Leafs can add him for $7-$8 million they can then afford to trade or walk away from Jake Gardiner… something that MANY Leafs fans would be happy with. 

Whatever happens this offseason with Carlson remains to be seen, but if he does elect to test the open market you can bet that Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello will be one of the first to extend an offer. 

What’s your take? Should the Leafs take a run at John Carlson this upcoming offseason? Even if it means that they’re forced to trade Gardiner? Lots to consider here…