According to the latest information from the Leafs, Mats Sundin's eye injury means he will be out of action for four to six weeks, a span that could run to about 20 games.
It would appear the door is wide open for Eric Lindros to assume a bigger role.
Last night against Ottawa, with Sundin gone after just seven minutes due to a broken lower orbital bone, Lindros eventually logged nearly 25 minutes of ice time -- most among the forwards. He seemed to get better as the night wore on, too, delivering several big checks and scoring a goal in the third period.
At least offensively, Jason Allison appeared right at home, and he too, moves up a rung on the depth chart at centre with Sundin out.
Then there's the Jeff O'Neill situation. He didn't practice today, and his shoulder is bothering him enough that he is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game.
Kyle Wellwood is expected to be called up. And what about that story early this week -- the one about Steve Thomas being advised to stay by the phone?
One game down, 81 to go, and the Leafs have issues.
How do you think they handle this? Who has to step up? If you're John Ferguson Jr., are you putting that call in to Thomas? And how well equipped are the Leafs to deal with this kind of an injury, this early in the season?