Dermott gets one step closer to lineup return

The rookie hit the ice for the first time since injury, but will he play tomorrow?

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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. Leafs head coach Mike Babcock met with the assembled media after the game to offer up an update:

Well, that’s… somewhat encouraging? 

Yesterday 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:

Dermott was expected to skate with his teammates yesterday, but actually took the day off to rest up further. He was in fact at practice today with his teammates today, however:

Officially Dermott is listed as day to day, and he didn’t play last night in the Leafs’ 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Leafs take on the surging New Jersey Devils in New Jersey tomorrow, 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.

Leafs’ Hyman releases third children’s book

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Zach Hyman officially released his third children’s book today through Penguin Random House entitled, “The Magician’s Secret.”

In case you didn’t know, Hyman is an accomplished children’s writer having already penned two best-selling books. 

His first book, the award-winning “The Bambino and Me”, conjures 1920s New York, and tells the story of a young New York Yankees fan named George, who especially admires Babe Ruth and carries his baseball card everywhere. His second book, “Hockey Hero” was released in October, 2015 and is about a shy hockey player who overcomes playing in his brother's shadow and eventually makes his dream come true.

His newest book tells the tale of a young boy and his incredible adventure with his magician Grandfather.

Congrats, Zach! You’re a true renaissance man and a real inspiration to young Leafs fans!