COLUMBUS – Auston is a step further for Matthews, but it's not worth seeing Maple Leafs in a game yet.
Matthews once again practiced with Leafs teammates on Thursday afternoon, this time with the red non-contact sweater in the Nationwide Arena.
Matthews & # 39; ll have to have at least one practice in which they have a normal sweater, and this will not come until the earliest Tuesday, so he won't miss at least the next three games.
On Saturday, Winnipeg will mark four weeks in the left shoulder injury of Matthews in a match against Jets.
, This is my body – when I feel good, I think I'm ready for communication, I know, Matth Matthews said. G He wants to get into at least one practice where he goes exactly where he hits the children and is sure that everything is stable.
“I think there is conditioning. I hate doing it (hard skates after their teammates get out of the ice). That's what you have to do to stay fit and get your legs and lungs back, so I'm really pushing him. When I was there today, I thought that when you weren't on the team for a long time, the speed fell, you felt a little loss, you were a little out of rhythm. But I thought it was finally there. "
Leafs was a short player in practice. Later Zach Hyman wasn't on the ice because he was given a day of care, but Leafs coach Mike Babcock said that Hyman was fine and said he would be in line when Leafs visited the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night.
Although Wednesday night lost 5-2 in Raleigh against Carolina Hurricanes, Leafs entered the good books of Babcock in general, with the calendar arriving at Thanksgiving in the United States. And no wonder – Toronto's 15-7-0 record ranks third in the National Hockey League rankings.
Ock Frankly, he's ecstatic, ası Babcock said. Uz Look at her anyway, so we made a good start and we think our team will get better. There are important parts here and they will be here. That's why we'il be a deeper team. But in the meantime, we've allowed players to grow and create depth in the organization, which is important.
Ol I think I can have more depth, you'll have more chances to play in the more challenging parts of the program when you play too many games in the short term, but also in the long run. You have more success than you will have. "
And yes, we did – only two pieces değil not here Ve Matthews and William Nylander.
December 1 is fast approaching to sign Nylander, but perhaps Babcock is convinced that the 22-year-old Swede will be signed in the next nine days.
Upon the advance of Matthews, Babcock said: # Not ready. There's no timetable here. There's no point in turning him down. When he returns, he must be in form, physically and mentally ready. He'il play when the time comes.