Leafs' Tavares takes part in optional morning skate, won't play in Game 7

Maple Leafs Capitan John Tavares takes part in the optional morning skate before Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Maple Leafs centreman John Tavares took the ice for the team's optional morning skate on Monday ahead of their Game 7 meeting with the Canadiens.

However, head coach Sheldon Keefe confirmed that his captain will not play in Monday's game.

Tavares, who has been sidelined since Game 1 of the series after a collision with Corey Perry that resulted in the Leafs captain being stretchered off the ice, joined the morning skate wearing a regular blue jersey:

Last Wednesday, Tavares visited the team's practice facility in what was viewed as a positive step in his recovery from a concussion and knee injury. He did skate for just under 20 minutes before the team's practice last Thursday, wearing a non-contact jersey.

The initial timeline on the captain's injuries ruled him out for the remainder of the Canadiens series, that two-week timeline spanning until Thursday.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported last week that the potential next steps for Tavares' recovery would include "light exercise, increasing intensity of workouts one day at a time — if he's ready for that" and could include "light skating in coming days."

You can watch the Maple Leafs do battle with the Canadiens in Game 7 Monday night. Coverage on Sportsnet and SN Now begins at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT.

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