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Maple Leafs recall Timothy Liljegren to help decimated defence corps

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made another blue-line move, recalling Timothy Liljegren from the American Hockey League Marlies. 

Move comes a day after defenceman Rasmus Sandin also brought up from AHL

Timothy Liljegren, seen above in this file photo from NHL pre-season action in 2018, still awaits his NHL debut after being selected in the first round (17th overall) of the 2017 NHL draft by the Maple Leafs. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made another blue-line move, recalling Timothy Liljegren from the American Hockey League Marlies. 

On Monday, the team summoned Swedish teenager Rasmus Sandin from their top farm team and placed Morgan Rielly on injured reserve, saying he will be out a minimum of eight weeks with a fractured foot.

Rielly was hurt blocking a shot in Sunday's 8-4 road loss against the Florida Panthers.

The Leafs have been without Jake Muzzin — another top-four defenceman — since he broke his foot Dec. 27. The team said at the time the 30-year-old was listed as week-to-week, but he was placed on IR before Sunday's loss.

The 20-year-old Liljegren has four goals and 20 assists in 33 games with the Marlies this season.

Toronto picked the Swede in the first round (17th overall) of the 2017 NHL draft.

Liljegren is likely insurance for a defensive corps that now consists of Travis Dermott, Justin Holl, Martin Marincin, Tyson Barrie, Cody Ceci and Sandin.

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