Leafs make another blue-line move, recalling Liljegren from the AHL Marlies

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MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 23: Look on Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Timothy Liljegren (37) during the Toronto Maple Leafs versus the Montreal Canadiens preseason game on September 23, 2019, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 23: Look on Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Timothy Liljegren (37) during the Toronto Maple Leafs versus the Montreal Canadiens preseason game on September 23, 2019, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs have made another blue-line move, recalling Timothy Liljegren from the American Hockey League Marlies

On Monday, the team summoned Swedish teenager Rasmus Sandin from their top farm team and placed Morgan Rielly on injured reserve, saying he will be out a minimum of eight weeks with a fractured foot.

Rielly was hurt blocking a shot in Sunday's 8-4 road loss against the Florida Panthers.

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The Leafs have been without Jake Muzzin — another top-4 defenceman — since he broke his foot Dec. 27. The team said at the time the 30-year-old was listed as week-to-week, but he was placed on IR before Sunday's loss.

The 20-year-old Liljegren has four goals and 20 assists in 33 games with the Marlies this season.

Toronto picked the Swede in the first round (17th overall) of the 2017 NHL draft.

Liljegren is likely insurance for a defensive corps that now consists of Travis Dermott, Justin Holl, Martin Marincin, Tyson Barrie, Cody Ceci and Sandin.

 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 14, 2020.

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Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had incorrect details about Timothy Liljegren's draft information.

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