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Leafs’ Matthews ‘hopeful’ wrist will be ready for season-opener following surgery

Written by on September 13, 2021

TORONTO — Auston Matthews is hoping his troublesome left wrist will be ready in time for the start of the new NHL season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs star centre, who dealt with the nagging injury much of a pandemic-shortened 2020-21 campaign where he still scored a league-high 41 times in just 52 games, underwent surgery on the joint Aug. 13.

The team said at the time Matthews felt discomfort when he started to ramp up his training regime. 

The recovery timeline was put at a minimum of six weeks.

Sporting a protective brace on the wrist at the NHL/NHLPA media tour in Toronto on Monday, Matthews said he expects to resume skating later this week before the team opens training camp Sept. 22.

He added the aim is to be good to go for the Leafs’ season-opener Oct. 13 against the Montreal Canadiens — the team that battled back from a 3-1 series deficit to stun Toronto in the first round of the playoffs in May.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 13, 2021.

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Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press