Marner underwent an MRI Sunday after getting hurt during the team’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. The 22-year-old fell awkwardly after getting tangled up with the stick of Flyers winger Carsen Twarynski off a draw early in the second period.
He will be reassessed by the team’s medical staff after four weeks. That length of time allows the Leafs to transfer him to long-term injured reserve for the time being, so he won’t count against their salary cap.
Forward Nic Petan and defenceman Martin Marincin were both recently sent to waivers as a way to combat an impending cap crunch for the Maple Leafs, with forward Zach Hyman set to return this week from LTIR.
Marner hadn’t missed a game since his rookie campaign in 2016-17. Now, he’s on track to miss the next 12 games — in addition to sitting out Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
He has a 18 points (including a team-high 14 assists) in 18 games this season.