Dylan Gambrell’s designs on a fourth-line job with the Maple Leafs have hit a snag.
Signed by the Leafs in July, Gambrell will be out indefinitely after suffering a concussion in practice on Tuesday during a collision with Tommy Miller.
“We’ll take it a day at a time, but we don’t expect him to be available in the near future,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said on Wednesday.
A couple of Leafs veterans are in line to make their pre-season debuts this weekend when the club plays in Montreal against the Canadiens on Friday and Saturday.
Goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who has been working through a personal schedule that has been emphasizing individual drills as well as practices, is slated to play in one of the games. The same goes for defenceman TJ Brodie, who has been easing into duty following the death of his father earlier this month.
Defenceman Simon Benoit, having recovered from back spasms, took part in his first full practice on Wednesday. Winger Calle Jarnkrok, dealing with a minor injury, skated on his own.
And yes, that has been former Leafs goalie Curtis McElhinney watching camp practices with front-office staff. Keefe deferred to general manager Brad Treliving when asked about McElhinney’s possible role, but there is something in the works.
“I talked with him a little bit, it seems like there is going to be an opportunity for him to get involved in some facet,” Keefe said, before adding jokingly: “I suspect it’s going to have something to do with goaltending, likely.”
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