The Toronto Maple Leafs could have given their franchise player five extra days to recover from the first concussion of his life. Instead, Auston Matthews will be back where he wants to be Saturday night in New York City — centring his team’s top line against the Rangers. “I just want to play hockey,” Matthews said Saturday morning, prior to the Leafs’ last game heading into a four-day Christmas break. “I feel ready, I feel good, and I’m excited to get back in there tonight.” Matthews suffered his concussion two weeks ago today, when his head collided with teammate Morgan Rielly in Pittsburgh. The forward finished out that game but, suffering symptoms of his head injury, needed to undergo protocol. The 20-year-old has been skating hard on his own, travelling with the team, and responded well after his first full practice Friday.
Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews on return from concussion: ‘I feel good’
Sportsnet | Dec 23