Sunday, January 01, 2012

Bozak Placed on IR

On the weekend, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed forward Tyler Bozak on the Injured Reserve, due to an undisclosed injury.  The rampant speculation is that Bozak may have suffered a serious shoulder injury, but that has not been confirmed by the team.

With being placed on the IR, Bozak will miss a minimum of one week's worth of action, which should have him eligible to return on the 7th, possibly in time for the game against the Red Wings.

Bozak has been a very productive member of the Maple Leafs this season, as he has scored 7 goals and 18 assists in 35 games this year.  Bozak has seen some time with the team's top line with Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, who have been on fire this year.  As one of the team's top scorers this year, his presence will be missed, especially if it is for the long-term.

ImplicationsThis is also a very big hit to Stacey C.'s campaign this year, as officially, through Saturday night's action, has taken the lead in the pool once again, currently holding a 2-point advantage over Wayne H. in the standings.  Bozak was one of Stacey's waiver draft pick-ups a few weeks ago and had been enjoying some great success from his new player, registering 9 points in 11 games played since the Week Nine draft.  At nearly a point-per-game, Bozak could cost Stacey his lead and more, depending on how long he is out.

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