TORONTO – Auston Matthews hopes his troubled left wrist is ready in time for the start of the new NHL season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs star center, who dealt with the nagging injury for much of the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 campaign, in which he scored the league record 41 times in just 52 games, underwent a surgery on the joint on August 13.
The team said at the time that Matthews felt uncomfortable when he began to increase his training regimen.
The recovery schedule was set at a minimum of six weeks.
Wearing a wrist brace at the NHL / NHLPA media tour in Toronto on Monday, Matthews said he hopes to resume skating later this week before the team opens training camp on Sept. 22.
He added that the goal is to be good for the Leafs’ first game of the season on Oct. 13 against the Montreal Canadiens, the team that battled from a 3-1 series deficit to upset Toronto in the first round of the playoffs. in May.
This Canadian Press report was first published on September 13, 2021.
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