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Maple Leafs face Jake Gardiner and Travis Dermott – The Athletic



Things are not going well for the blue line of the Maple Leafs.

It was Jake Gardiner's news on Wednesday afternoon when he met a surgeon to figure out what to do for his suffering back.

It was also the late-night point on Travis Dermott, who had injured his shoulder at the end of the win against the Oilers.

Officially, the Leafs say the two players meet week after week, which could mean a lot. (There is a big difference between two weeks and eight weeks, since we are almost in March.)

Officially?

I am told that Gardiner's injury may be similar to that of Zach Parise at the start of last season when he missed the first 39 games of the season. Part of the reason that Parise had been away for so long was to have waited for surgery for a herniated disc, hoping to avoid the time (8-10 weeks) missing because of the under the knife.

This waiting period is probably where …


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