Maple Leafs recall defenceman Timothy Liljegren from AHL Marlies


Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Timothy Liljegren (Fred Chartrand/CP)

With their defence running into health problems, the Toronto Maple Leafs recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

Liljegren is the second defenceman recalled by the Leafs in 24 hours after the team announced that top D-man Morgan Rielly will miss at least eight weeks with a fractured foot.

Rasmus Sandin was called up yesterday.

Liljegren initially made the Maple Leafs roster out of training camp but was eventually sent down to the Marlies. This is Liljegren’s third time being called up from the AHL this season, but has yet to play in a game for the Maple Leafs. He was last recalled on Dec. 30, only to be sent back down four hours later.

With Rielly and Jake Muzzin, who was also placed on injured reserve Sunday, out for an extended period of time, the 2017 first-round pick for the Maple Leafs may have his best chance yet to make his NHL debut.

Liljegren has 24 points in 33 games for the Marlies this season.

The Maple Leafs will look to snap a three-game losing streak Tuesday night at home against the New Jersey Devils.

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