Marner Back in Practice with Maple Leafs; Graves Concussed, Lindholm Day-to-Day

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Excitement buzzed through the Toronto Maple Leafs’ practice as star forward Mitch Marner returned to full training after nursing a high ankle sprain suffered against the Boston Bruins on March 7. However, fans will have to wait a bit longer for his comeback as he’s expected to sit out at least the next two games.

Coach Sheldon Keefe expressed optimism about Marner’s progress, stating, “Mitch looked sharp today.” Yet, he emphasized the need for cautiousness before the player’s return, with the team’s next practice scheduled for Tuesday. Marner, tallying an impressive 76 points this season, shared his eagerness to get back on the ice, though he acknowledged the importance of a gradual recovery process.

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Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins faced a setback as defenseman Graves is sidelined due to a concussion. On the west coast, the Vancouver Canucks are navigating through Lindholm’s day-to-day status following an injury.

In other Leafs news, defenseman Morgan Rielly remains sidelined with an upper-body injury, while Timothy Liljegren is set to miss time due to a similar issue. Adding to their defensive lineup, Toronto secured Simon Benoit with a three-year contract extension worth $4.05 million, further solidifying their roster depth.

Stay tuned for more updates as the NHL season heats up towards the playoffs.

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