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Leafs’ Bozak tore triceps in Game 5 of Boston series

May 16, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

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Many were wondering what prevented Tyler Bozak from playing in the final two games of the Leafs-Bruins series.

Well, now they know.

Bozak told reporters he tore his triceps on a faceoff at the end of Game 5, an injury that wiped him out for the remainder of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

Recovery time for such a tear is four weeks — which means he should be healthy in time for free agency.

The 27-year-old center is going to be a curious case this summer. Bozak had a strong season for the Leafs — 12 goals, 16 assists — and did it coming off a stellar 2011-12 campaign, when he posted highs in goals (18) and points (47).

Bozak also averaged over 20 minutes per game this season, the most in his four-year NHL career.

The former University of Denver standout is in the final season of a two-year, $3 million deal and should get a significant pay bump as an unrestricted free agent.

He figures to be one of the top centers available this summer — Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Andy McDonald are some others —  but the key with Bozak is his age.

He turned 27 in March, whereas most of the other UFA centers are already on the wrong side of 30.

UPDATE: According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Bozak suffered a 70 percent tear of his right triceps. Bozak also said taking warmup for Game 6 was “pure [Randy] Carlyle mind games” as he had no chance of playing.

  1. kaptaanamerica - May 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Bozak’s bro I heard already said he wants to sign with Vancouver… that’s great for the Canucks and him. he’d be a solid 3rd line center. He’d get to play with skill guys without the first line pressure. it’d probably help his stats going against other teams third lines since the matchup in the west conf. would often be strength against strength for the top two lines.

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