Toronto Maple Leafs Center Matthew Lombardi Declared Free of Concussion Symptoms
According to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, Leafs center Matthew Lombardi has been cleared of all concussion symptoms. However, according to Leafs GM Brian Burke, Lombardi may still miss the start of training camp.
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Matthew Lombardi along with defenseman Cody Franson from the Nashville Predators on July 3rd for Brett Lebda and prospect Robert Slaney. Lombardi missed all but two games of the 2010-2011 NHL season after sustaining a concussion playing in a pre-season game with the Predators. Lombardi's last full NHL season was with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009-2010 when he scored 19 goals and added 34 assists for 53 points.
With the addition of Lombardi to Toronto's lineup to go along with the signing of Tim Connoly earlier in the summer, the Leafs have the much needed depth at center they were missing last year. The Leafs also get a tremendous penalty killer in the speedy Lombardi who could help out Toronto's penalty kill which finished 28th in the league last year with 77.4 per cent.
With a healthy Lombardi in the mix as well as other off-season acquisitions Cody Franson, Tim Connoly and John-Michael Liles, the Leafs may finally have enough depth on their roster to make a legitimate run at a playoff spot in the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
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