Rielly (foot) will return to the lineup Tuesday against Tampa Bay, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Rielly has been sidelined for nearly two months with a fractured foot, but it doesn't appear as though coach Sheldon Keefe is planning on easing him back in, as the 26-year-old blueliner is expected to skate on Toronto's top pairing and second power-play unit against the Lightning. The Vancouver native has notched three goals and 27 points while averaging 24:15 of ice time in 46 games this campaign.
Rielly (foot) could rejoin the Maple Leafs' lineup as soon as March 10, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. In February, it was reported that Rielly was looking at a late-March return, but that timeline looks to have moved up by a week or two. The 25-year-old blueliner has been out since mid-January after fracturing his foot. Rielly's tallied 27 points in 46 games this season and should return to his usual role on the team's top pairing.
Rielly (foot) is expected to return to practice during the Maple Leafs' upcoming three-game road trip. Rielly has been out for over six weeks of an eight-week projection initially. The defenseman isn't expected back until late March at this point, but that timeline may change if he's judged to have recovered faster than expected.
Rielly (foot) will begin weight-bearing exercises with a target return of late March, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports. Rielly already missed 12 games due to his foot injury and figures to be sidelined for another month. With the blueliner sidelined along with Cody Ceci (ankle), the Leafs will utilize Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren in the third pairing, though Martin Marincin could also earn the occasional look.
Rielly (foot) is scheduled to see the doctor later this week, reports the Toronto Sun. It's a checkpoint appointment to see how well Rielly is healing. At the time of his injury, reports indicated he would be gone eight weeks. He's about halfway through that period. Rielly's recovery could result in the Leafs trading for additional help on the back end, as they can ill afford to be without a defender of his caliber for another month.
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