MAJOR: Maple Leafs Make Last Minute Call Up After Slew of Injuries

Graham Montgomery
March 16, 2024  (9:34)

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nick Robertson celebrating a goal with Auston Matthews
Photo credit: Sportsnet

The Toronto Maple Leafs' relationship with Nick Robertson is becoming increasingly complicated. Yesterday, that relationship entered its next phase as the team put him on the active roster once again.

Leafs Activate Robertson Following Jarnkrok Injury

The team initially recalled Robertson on the 11th. However, since he was on an emergency loan, he was not eligible to play. That changed yesterday when the team activated him. The moves comes after Calle Jarnkrok left the team's last game early after he collided awkwardly with the boards.
Calle Jarnkrok goes shoulder-first into the boards
Today, Sheldon Keefe was able to give an update on Jarnkrok's status. He was specific in stating that he has a hand injury and is out week-to-week.
Calle Jarnkrok has a hand injury, per Sheldon Keefe

"It's a week-to-week type of injury for him"

Robertson To Return To Leafs Lineup After Recall

The 22-year-old is now set to return to the Leafs lineup today as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. Based on yesterday's practice lines, it appears as though he will play on the 3rd line alongside John Tavares and Matthew Knies.
Despite the callup, Robertson is not thrilled with his position within the Leafs organization. He expressed his frustrations today, citing the constant back-and-forth between the NHL and AHL clubs.
"I understand it, but I'm not going to sit here and say that I'm happy."
Nick Robertson is back with the #Leafs, but it's evident the roster shuffling based on his contract status has tested his patience.
These remarks could spark new speculation about the team trading him. The young forward has already been in trade rumors and he has been open about his plan to request a trade if he stays in the AHL.