The Maple Leafs have lost a point-a-game player.
Matt Frattin, who has 10 points in 10 games, will be out a least a week and probably longer once he has a surgical procedure done on his left knee.
It’s the same knee that Frattin had surgery on last June. Frattin will go under the knife in the next 24 hours.
“He had an issue with his MCL that was corrected, it is something that has flared up and it is not something that the doctors feel is a long-term thing, but definitely have some concern,” coach Randy Carlyle said after practice at the MasterCard Centre on Wednesday.
“He could probably play with it and we could look after it at the end of the year, but if he has any inkling from the outside here … (we just want to) take care of these situations as quickly as possible. We thought it was the best decision. We think he can be playing before the end of the month.”
Jay McClement took Frattin’s spot on a line with Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur.
Frattin has seven goals — including three game-winners, tied for second in the National Hockey League — and three assists. His plus-6 is tops among Leafs forwards.
Meanwhile, goaltender Jussi Rynnas has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies.
The summoning of Rynnas from the American Hockey League became necessary when James Reimer injured his left knee during a 5-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. Reimer is out at least a week.
Ben Scrivens will try to hold the fort as Reimer recovers. Scrivens was sharp in relief of Reimer, who has been placed on injured reserve, against the Flyers.
Winger Mike Brown (shoulder), who has missed the past seven games, and defenceman Carl Gunnarsson (hip), who has missed the past six games, also practised.
Brown could return for the Leafs’ next game, in Raleigh, N.C., against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
The Marlies have acquired goalie Drew MacIntyre on loan from Reading of the ECHL to take Rynnas’ spot.
Wade Arnott, the agent for Phil Kessel, told The Fan 590 on Wednesday morning that Kessel would prefer to finish his NHL career with the Leafs.
The 25-year-old Kessel will be paid $5.4 million US in 2013-14, the last year of his contract.
“This young man lives and breathes hockey,” Arnott said. “He was very excited to come here four years ago. I think if you asked Phil today, he’d love to finish his career here in Toronto. But it’s still young in his career right now.”
“Phil would like nothing more than to help the Maple Leafs make the playoffs. He wants to experience playoff hockey here in Toronto. That’s the first step to winning a potential Stanley Cup here in Toronto. He was very disappointed last year. They had a very good start to the season. They were in a playoff position at the turn of the calendar year and unfortunately the last third of the season didn’t go well.”