After sustaining an upper-body injury during the Olympic qualifying tournament, new Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen will be sidelined three to four weeks. That will knock him out of competing for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey, but he should return before the NHL season opener.
Andersen was injured when a Denmark teammate collided with him following a footrace for a loose puck. The Maple Leafs goalie went down hard on his shoulder and immediately left the game. The Maple Leafs had him return to Toronto for immediate evaluation.
With the three to four weeks of recovery time, Andersen will probably miss about as much training camp as he would have by playing in the World Cup. This injury could be a blessing in disguise for Toronto, though. Andersen probably would have been the No. 1 goalie for Europe in the tournament and would have had that workload added on top of the two games he already played while representing Denmark.
Andersen was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks in late June to become Toronto’s new No. 1 goalie. The team promptly signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract, showing the faith they have in him to solve one of their biggest weak points from last season when they finished in last place in the league.
They will have a completely new tandem to start the season, but neither will be there for the start of training camp. In addition to Andersen’s injury, tandem mate Jhonas Enroth, who was signed this offseason, will be playing for Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey. He is expected to be that team’s third-stringer, though.
With the investment Toronto has made in Andersen, his not risking further injury at the World Cup is only a positive.
According to reports, Washington Capitals backup Philipp Grubauer of Germany will be added to Team Europe as Andersen’s replacement. He’ll join countryman Thomas Greiss and Slovakian Jaroslav Halak, both of the New York Islanders, to make up Team Europe’s World Cup goaltending trio.
Source: CBS Sports / Maple Leafs G Frederik Andersen out 3-4 weeks, will miss World Cup