The Toronto Maple Leafs announced midway through Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers that defenseman Tyson Barrie will be sidelined the rest of the night with an ankle injury.
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Barrie, 28, went straight to the Toronto locker room after he blocked a shot from Edmonton’s Gaetan Haas with his left shin.
According to TSN’s Kristen Shilton, Barrie returned to the ice twice to test out his leg: first during a TV timeout later in the first period, and again after the first intermission before he and the Leafs’ training staff called off his participation for the night. Shilton described Barrie’s movements as “gingerly” during his on-ice tuneups and wrote that he appeared to heavily favor his left leg.
After the game, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters that X-rays on Barrie’s ankle were negative, but he “just didn’t feel comfortable enough to go back.”
“So we’ll have to just see how he is when we get home,” Keefe said via Twitter.
The Victoria, B.C. native has had a rough go at it in his first season with the Maple Leafs. Typically a high-scoring offensive defenseman, Barrie did not score a goal until his 20th game in blue and white. Should he remain out of Toronto’s lineup long-term, he could join forward Andreas Johnsson (leg) and blueliner Trevor Moore (shoulder) on injured reserve.
Barrie has 13 points in 34 games played with the Maple Leafs this season. Toronto acquired him in an offseason trade that sent Nazem Kadri to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Maple Leafs return to Toronto on Dec. 17 to play the Buffalo Sabres at home after winning three out of four games on the road.