Morning Mashup: Lombardi to return in time for camp


The Sporting News reports that Matthew Lombardi will return to the ice for the Leafs‘ training camp in September. Brian Burke is quoted in the article: “”He (Lombardi) says he is going be at training camp, and our guys believe he will.”

This is promising, yet still uncertain news for Leaf fans. Lombardi was originally expected to be placed on the long term injured reserve while rehabbing from a concussion suffered after only two games last season. An escalated recovery has paved the way for Lombardi to compete for a roster spot from day one, and if he show no ill effects of the injury, play a potentially instrumental role down the middle.

However, he is unlikely to immediately return to his former self, at least in the short term, so there will be a period of adjustment to acclimate with the rigors of the game. “It’s too soon to tell,” Burke told Sun Media. “As we always do with head injuries, we’ll err on the side of caution.” It doesn’t sound like Lombardi will be rushed to play if he doesn’t feel up to game action, but that he’ll be on the ice for camp is promising news for the Leafs‘ depth nonetheless.

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