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Leafs’ Michael Bunting to sit out final two games of season

Apr 19, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Martin Jones (35) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs forward Michael Bunting (58) during the third period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Forward Michael Bunting will sit out the Toronto Maple Leafs’ final two games of the regular season before having his lower-body injury re-evaluated prior to the playoffs.

Bunting, 26, sustained the injury in Toronto’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday. He did not play in the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

“He obviously skated today so a very positive sign,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said Tuesday. “He’s not going to play this week and then we will re-evaluate him from there, but things are looking positive.”

Bunting has recorded 63 points (23 goals, 40 assists) in 79 games this season.

He has 77 points (34 goals, 43 assists) in 105 career games with the Arizona Coyotes and Maple Leafs. He was selected by the then-Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media