Michael Bunting NOT in Maple Leafs Lineup Following Suspension

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Find out why Michael Bunting is not being added back to the Maple Leafs lineup immediately after his three-game suspension, and learn about the team's strategy and Bunting's reaction to the decision.

Despite serving his three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head on Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak, Michael Bunting will not be immediately rejoining the Maple Leafs lineup. The team has enjoyed a winning streak during Bunting’s suspension, and head coach Sheldon Keefe is hesitant to make any changes to the current roster.

The Maple Leafs have successfully won all three games played in Bunting’s absence. Keefe has expressed his intention to reintegrate Bunting into the lineup eventually, stating, “He will get back in. It’s just not going to be tomorrow.” The decision reflects Keefe’s strategic approach to maintaining the team’s momentum.

Bunting, demonstrating professionalism and sportsmanship, has embraced his role as a supportive teammate during this period. “My job is to be a great teammate and be a professional,” he said. In his seven career playoff games, Bunting has managed to score one goal and provide two assists.

For now, the team will rely on their current roster to keep the winning streak alive and secure a strong position in the playoffs as they try to close out the series against the Lightning.

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