News broke Wednesday night that Auston Matthews won’t be participating in any of the on-ice activities at this weekend’s All-Star celebrations in St. Louis. He will still represent the Toronto Maple Leafs in an off-ice capacity, meaning he won’t be subject to the mandatory 1 game suspension most players face for skipping All-Star weekend.
The Maple Leafs announced that the 22 year old sniper has been undergoing treatment for an ongoing wrist condition. It was later reported that Matthews’ agent acknowledged that his client had been dealing with this injury for at least three weeks and that both Matthews and the team felt he could use the extra rest before the regular season kicks back into high gear for the Maple Leafs on Monday.
The injury hasn’t forced Matthews to miss any games for the Leafs to this point in the season and he is expected to be ready to go when his team resumes play in Nashville following the All-Star break.
Matthews is having a career year, currently tied for second in the NHL’s goal scoring race with 34 on the season. He will be replaced on the Atlantic Division All-Star team by Brady Tkachuk of the Ottawa Senators.
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