With Campbell’s return to the ice this week, there were some that believed this was a sign he was nearly ready to return. Unfortunately, head coach Sheldon Keefe notes the goaltender is not quite there and the Maple Leafs will have to get through a tough stretch of games without him.
On Monday, Keefe was quick to temper any excitement and say the netminder was still more than a week away from being able to slot back into the lineup.
While Frederik Andersen has been playing well, it would have been helpful to get Campbell back. Since he won’t be returning, it eliminates any chance the club will have their regular backup for Wednesday or Thursday when the Maple Leafs will play the Ottawa Senators in back-to-back games (he would have been ruled out for Wednesday thanks to his LTIR status anyways).
If there’s a silver lining here for Leafs fans, it’s that the team is going up against the worst team in the NHL.