Maple Leafs lose Mark Bell for 8 weeks
Rugged forward Mark Bell's first season with the Toronto Maple Leafs went from bad to worse as he had facial surgery Thursday that will sideline him for two months.
Bell, 27, sustained a broken orbital bone in a fight with Ryan Malone during the third period of a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 3.
He had to wait until the swelling subsided before it could be surgically repaired.
Bell has played just 26 games this season, posting two goals and five assists for seven points with 50 penalty minutes.
He began the season serving a 15-game suspension from the NHL for his role in a drunk driving incident, and, at season's end, will serve six months in a California jail as part of a plea bargain.
Bell, a native of St. Paul's, Ont., has compiled 85 goals and 179 points with 587 penalty minutes in 436 games over seven NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Maple Leafs.
He was acquired by Toronto last July 9, along with goaltender Vesa Toskala, for first-, second- and fourth-round draft picks.
Bell was drafted eighth overall in 1998 by the Blackhawks, who shipped him to the Sharks in a three-way transaction involving the Ottawa Senators on July 9, 2006.
With files from the Canadian Press