NHL Trade Buzz: Johnsson injury impact on Maple Leafs

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Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are 10 days remaining until the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline (Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. ET), and NHL.com has all the important news, rumblings and analysis heading toward the deadline.

Here is a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs could seek depth at forward before the NHL Trade Deadline after Andreas Johnsson sustained a knee injury on Thursday.

Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said the injury would “not be short term” after the forward was injured in the first period of a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. Johnsson has 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 43 game this season.

Toronto is also without forward Ilya Mikheyev because of a wrist injury.

The Maple Leafs (30-20-8), who visit the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SNO, SNW, SNP, NHL.TV), are in third place in the Atlantic Division, 13 points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and two points ahead of the Florida Panthers.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are content with their current roster but could make another move prior to the deadline.

“If we go with the group we have, I’m fine with that. I like this group,” general manager Jim Rutherford told Sportsnet on Thursday. “There may be a little bit of tinkering at the end but I don’t see anything big.”

Pittsburgh, which acquired forward Jason Zucker from the Minnesota Wild on Monday, is without forwards Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Jake Guentzel (shoulder) and Dominik Kahun (concussion), and defensemen John Marino (facial surgery) and Brian Dumoulin (ankle). 

“I like our team,” Rutherford told “Hockey Central at Noon”. “We’ll wait probably until about 48 hours prior to the deadline to make decisions going forward.”

The Penguins (34-15-6), who host the Montreal Canadiens at PPG Paints Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ATTSN-PT, RDS, TSN2, NHL.TV), are in second place in the Metropolitan Division, five points behind the Washington Capitals and two points ahead of the New York Islanders. 

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