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Maple Leafs keeping Komarov out vs. Stars as a precaution following hit to head

12/02/2014 12:16 EST | Updated 02/01/2015 05:59 EST
TORONTO - Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov will not play against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night three days after taking a hit to the head.

Komarov's symptoms have "subsided, generally," according to head coach Randy Carlyle. The 27-year-old forward didn't skate Monday or Tuesday morning, but Carlyle implied that his game absence is precautionary.

"It just seems like there's a protocol that when the player has symptoms, then there's a timeframe that he has to be symptom-free, and we're working on that now," Carlyle said after his team's morning skate. "He's working out and he's riding a bike, so it's not like he's in there laying on the bed doing nothing. He's active. So we don't foresee this being a long-term thing, but we don't control that."

The team has had recent experience with a similar situation. When Daniel Winnik fell head first Nov. 6 at the Colorado Avalanche, the team held him out of the next two games, even though he said he didn't have a concussion.

The Maple Leafs have not called Komarov's injury a concussion, and Carlyle said only that he's "unavailable for tonight," adding that "there's a timeframe in which we have to wait" for his symptoms to be gone.

Komarov was hit in the head by an accidental elbow from Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin last Saturday night.

Richard Panik is expected to replace Komarov in Toronto's lineup.

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