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Leafs’ Fraser out after surgery, Liles to draw in

May 9, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT


Looks like Toronto will have another defenseman in the lineup for Friday’s elimination game in Boston.

Mark Fraser, who was hit in the forehead with a puck on Wednesday night, underwent surgery to repair a “cranial” fracture (as per head coach Randy Carlyle) and will be out indefinitely.

Carlyle also said John-Michael Liles will replace Fraser on the blueline.

Liles, 32, has been in and out of the Toronto lineup this season and appeared in just one postseason game — Toronto’s playoff opener, a 4-1 loss to the Bruins at TD Garden.

Liles played 16:13 in Game 1 and went minus-1 while recording one shot on goal.

The loss of Fraser is the second Toronto has suffered on the blueline, as Mike Kostka broke his finger in Game 1 and was lost for the series.

  1. elvispocomo - May 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Wear a visor, kids.

    • sunderlanding - May 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Crosby got it in the jaw. What’s next face shield? Oh and how about all the broken feet. Why don’t we just put them in bubble wrap and play with a foam puck. People get hurt. Life goes on.

      • elvispocomo - May 10, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        Your answer is “people get hurt”? So are you suggesting they should do away with helmets and cups because – you know – people get hurt?

        A shot to the jaw isn’t as life impacting (particularly long term apart from potential for a concussion) as a puck to the eye. That’s the point of the visor, this one may not have hit his eye, but it certainly would have saved him a trip to the hospital for surgery.

  2. dropthepuckeh - May 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Oh man, best wishes for speedy recovery and no complications. You hate to see anyone sustain such a serious injury regardless of what team you play for. You see these guys dive in front of shots all the time and its injuries like this that make you realize how passionate these players are and how different they are from basketball and baseball.

  3. freestyle1022 - May 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Hope he recovers fine, seems like a guy that probably wanted to get right back in the game too

    King Joffrey should take a page out of his book though

  4. 8man - May 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Face cage. They should all wear them. These injuries not only take these guys out of action during their careers but haunt them well into old age.

  5. mpops86 - May 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    +1, 8man. Not only that, but they leave their teams shirt handed for the rest of the game when they do get injured. In an OT game, losing one defenseman makes a huge difference.

  6. akmd1984 - May 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Last time i checked these were all grown ass men that are fully capable of making their own decisions and living with the risks and consequences of those decisions.

    What gives you or anyone else (besides the league itself of course) the right to tell them what they should do?

    I’m sure the league will very soon make visors mandatory, but full face cages? Come on man, get real here. This isn’t pee wee hockey…

    • wingsdjy - May 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      I think the owners have a right since they still have to pay the players while their injured (or at least the insurance premiums for the contracts).

  7. rrino - May 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Cranial fracture…….OUCH!

    Is JB Weld still the preferred method for fixing cranial fractures?

    Hockey players are some tough SOB’s.

    • govtminion - May 9, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Bondo works pretty well too.

  8. barkinspider - May 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Canadiens got their Divers……
    Rangers got their Bums…….
    Canucks got themselves the Sedin Sisters
    and the Leafs got broken Craniums,,,,,

    You don’t tug on Lucic’s Stick
    You don’t step in front of Chara’s Shot
    You don’t pull the Mask offa Tukka Rask
    Or you’ll get a Broken Cranium
    And you don’t mess with the Big Bad Bruins….

    • box080809 - May 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Weak. Typical Bostonian, taking a cheap shot while no ones looking. I bet you were probably the same guy who cheap shotted that Toronto fan at the TD North Gardens. Mark Fraser put his body in the line of fire for his team. When’s the last time Lucic did that?

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