Maple Leafs place defenceman Mark Giordano on injured reserve with concussion

Watch as Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mark Giordano takes a hard fall into the boards while joining the rush against the Arizona Coyotes and needs help to get to the dressing room from teammates and training staff during the first period.

The Toronto Maple Leafs depleted blueline will be without Mark Giordano for the foreseeable future after the veteran suffered a concussion Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes.

General manager Brad Treliving confirmed the diagnosis while speaking to reporters Friday, saying that Giordano would be placed on injured reserve. No timeline for recovery was provided for Giordano.

The injury occurred midway through the opening period when Giordano jumped up to join the rush. Giordano was able to get a shot off before he fell and then slid into the boards hard with his back.

The 40-year-old defenceman needed assistance getting off the ice and immediately headed down the tunnel to the team’s locker room.

Giordano was playing in just his second game back since taking time off due to the death of his father 13 days ago.

Giordano has one goal and six assists for seven points in 38 games for Toronto this season.

The injury is another blow to a Maple Leafs blueline that was already without defenceman Timothy Liljegren, who was forced to miss his second straight game with an undisclosed injury.

With the team lacking defencemen, forward Mitch Marner was forced to take shifts on the back end during Thursday’s game. He primarily played on the right side with TJ Brodie as his partner.

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