Tyler Bozak out indefinitely with oblique strain, placed on injured reserve

Dec 5, 11:33 AM

Tyler Bozak underwent an MRI on Thursday, which revealed an injury that could keep him out of the Toronto Maple Leafs' lineup for quite some time.

Bozak sustained the injury during Wednesday's game against the Sharks.

In 16 games this season, Bozak has scored four goals and added seven assists, with 18 shots on goal and 183 faceoff wins.

To make room for reinforcements, the Maple Leafs have placed the center on injured reserve.

Dec 29, 3:41 PM

Maple Leafs F Tyler Bozak will play Sunday vs. Hurricanes

Dec 29, 3:41 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak will make his return to the team's lineup Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes. The center has missed almost four weeks with an oblique strain.

In 16 games prior to the injury, Bozak registered four goals, seven assists and 18 shots on goal, with a 46 percent success rate in the faceoff circle.

Bozak addressed his return after Sunday's morning skate.

Dec 26, 3:41 PM

Leafs' Tyler Bozak may return Sunday vs Canes

Dec 26, 3:41 PM

It's safe to say Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Claude Loiselle is excited at the possibility center Tyler Bozak may return Sunday.  

"Bozak is our best faceoff guy," Loiselle told the Toronto Sun. "And when you don't win draws either on the power play or on the penalty kill, you end up spending a lot of time chasing the puck instead of controlling it.

"When he comes back, it simply allows other guys to drop down and play in positions they might be more comfortable with. He will be a welcome addition when he returns."

Bozak has been out since Dec. 3 with an oblique strain. The earliest he can return from the injured reserve list is Dec. 27. 

Dec 6, 8:27 AM

Tyler Bozak placed on long-term injured reserve, out until after Christmas

Dec 6, 8:27 AM

Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak has been placed on long-term injured reserve with an oblique strain, according to Chris Johnston of Sportnet.

As such, he will be ineligible to return to the lineup until Dec. 27 at the earliest, and will miss a minimum of 11 more games.

It's the latest in a string on injuries for Bozak; the 27-year old missed the end of Toronto's playoff run last season with a torn triceps muscle and sat out 12 games earlier this season with a hamstring injury.

Dec 3, 10:12 PM

Maple Leafs F Bozak sustains upper-body injury in loss to Sharks

Dec 3, 10:12 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak sustained an upper-body injury in Tuesday night's loss to the San Jose Sharks in the second period. Bozak would return briefly before leaving the game and not returning for the third period.

Head coach Randy Carlyle is not sure how serious the injury is. Bozak has recently returned from a hamstring injury that kept him out a month.

Dec 3, 10:12 PM

Maple Leafs F Tyler Bozak does not return for third period

Dec 3, 10:12 PM

After returning for the remainder of the second period, Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak has not returned to the bench for the third period.

Dec 3, 8:24 PM

Maple Leafs F Tyler Bozak leaves game with undisclosed injury

Dec 3, 8:24 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak has left Tuesday night's game against the San Jose Sharks with an undisclosed injury.