Maple Leafs place centre Bozak on long-term IR

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Tyler Bozak for an "extended period of time" according to head coach Randy Carlyle after the centre suffered an oblique strain. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

It’s time to get used to seeing a lot more of Nazem Kadri playing alongside Phil Kessel for a large part of the month of November.

Tyler Bozak, sidelined since last week with a lower-body injury, has been placed on the long-term injured reserve. This means the Maple Leafs will be without the centre until Nov. 19 at the earliest, when the team plays the New York Islanders.

The move was made as Nikolai Kulemin came off injured reserve Saturday, setting up the winger’s return to action for the first time since injuring his ankle in practice in early October.

Bozak has three goals and three assists in 11 games with Toronto this season.

In Kadri’s three games playing alongside Kessel, he’s managed to near total Bozak’s production with two goals and three assists.

This current stretch will be the ultimate test for Kadri, as his ability on both ends of the ice will be put to the test for a longer stretch of games than previously anticipated.

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