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Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin is congratulated after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during a game in Tampa on Feb. 25, 2020.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have suffered another blow on defence with the loss of Jake Muzzin to a broken hand.

The Leafs announced Wednesday that Muzzin will be out for about four weeks after suffering the injury during a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

If Muzzin misses four weeks, he’ll return with six games left in the regular season.

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The Leafs have recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies to fill the roster spot. Rosen, back for his second stint in Toronto, was acquired in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.

Toronto also is missing defencemen Morgan Rielly (foot) and Cody Ceci (ankle).

Muzzin, 31, signed a four-year contract extension with an average annual value of just more than US$5.6-million on Monday.

The player from Woodstock, Ont., has six goals and 17 assists in 53 games with the Leafs this season.

The Leafs (34-23-8) are two points ahead of the Florida Panthers (33-24-6), who have a game in hand, in the race for the third and final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.

The two teams square off Thursday night in Sunrise, Fla.

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