The Maple Leafs injury woes — already bad — may have gotten worse with star winger Phil Kessel leaving practice early Wednesday, raising fears he might not be able to play Thursday against Dallas.
Kessel told coach Randy Carlyle he wasn’t feeling right, that he tweaked something, and left for the Leafs dressing room in a rush and apparently frustrated.
Kessel did not speak to the media. There has been some speculation the team’s top scorer has been playing hurt with a sore right wrist, however, he has not missed a game in three years.
“He just told me he needed to leave the ice surface,” said Carlyle. “When a player tells you he needs to go, he goes. Much like going to the bathroom.
“He said he’d had enough of practice and he said he didn’t feel good in one area of his body so we let him go. He had a little tweak.”
Carlyle was asked if he thought Kessel could play through the injury.
“I don’t know. I haven’t got an answer for that,” said Carlyle.