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Dubas comments on Muzzin's injury; the outlook is grim for Muzzin's future as Dubas admits that this goes way beyond hockey


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Ryan Smitheram
November 14, 2022  (5:54 PM)
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The Leafs provided an injury update on Jake Muzzin before practice Monday morning and the news was not exactly great. Muzzin, who has been out since October 17th will be out until at least the end of February with a spinal injury. At that time, he will be re-evaluated to determine if he has progressed enough to return but based on what Kyle Dubas said during his media availability Monday after practice, it seems highly unlikely that Muzzin will play another NHL game.

"It's hard to predict," said Dubas when asked if the Leafs expect Muzzin to return to the lineup. "It's not something you want to really mess around with. So, unless you know he's 100% sure that this recovery time is going to allow that to settle and not be an issue, we have to do what's right for his long-term health. He's a father of two young children and husband and we have to make sure that we're doing right by him. As important as he is to us as a player, his health is paramount."
While Muzzin has been in the gym every day since his injury and is still participating in leadership meetings, the outlook for his career does not look all that good. Based on what Dubas said, if Muzzin were to return it would almost be a miracle and even then there would always be a worry whenever he engaged in contact that the next hit he takes could end his career and further complicate his life after hockey.
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Dubas comments on Muzzin's injury; the outlook is grim for Muzzin's future as Dubas admits that this goes way beyond hockey

Is retirement the best option for Jake Muzzin at this point?

Yes, his health and his family come first34094.2 %
No - if he wants to play, let him play215.8 %
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