Breaking: Zaitsev placed on IR, Leafs make surprising AHL recall

Some fans won't be happy with the choice.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that defenseman Nikita Zaitsev has suffered a lower-body injury and has been placed on injured reserve.

Zaitsev will miss at least a week of action, with Martin Marincin being called up. It's a curious decision as Zaitsev plays the right side while Marincin plays the left side.

Marincin has 7 points in 18 games down in the AHL. It's unclear if he'll actually slot in the lineup, with Connor Carrick having been a healthy scratch as of late.