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Maple Leafs’ Ryan O’Reilly out long term with broken finger

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs

Feb 24, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan O’Reilly (90) warms up before playing the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Toronto Maple Leafs center Ryan O’Reilly will be out of action for quite some time because of a broken finger.

O’Reilly is going on long-term injured reserve, coach Sheldon Keefe said. That means the 32-year-old must miss the next 10 games.

He won’t be eligible to return until Toronto’s game March 29 against Florida at the earliest. The playoffs are set to begin April 17.

The Maple Leafs acquired O’Reilly in a trade with St. Louis last month. He has since put up five points in eight games before taking a puck off his left hand late in the second period of a 4-1 loss at Vancouver.

Keefe added Leafs captain John Tavares will be held out of the lineup with an undisclosed ailment when the team visits the New Jersey Devils to wrap up a five-game road trip.

In corresponding moves, the Leafs recalled forwards Pontus Holmberg and Alex Steeves from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, and loaned goaltender Joseph Woll to the club’s top affiliate.

O’Reilly was one of six new players Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas brought in before the trade deadline in an effort to make the team more competitive. A Stanley Cup winner and playoff MVP in 2019, O’Reilly won 84.4% of his faceoffs with the Leafs before going 3 of 11 against the Canucks.

Toronto is currently second in the Atlantic Division, five points up on the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have lost five in a row and eight of their last 10 games. The Leafs and Lightning are on track to face each other in the first round of the playoffs.