Belfour goes on injured reserve

TORONTO, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour, who has not played since recording a shutout in the season opener, was placed on injured reserve Thursday with an infected right thumb.

Belfour cut the thumb in the Maple Leafs' final preseason game but stopped 33 shots on Oct. 10 in a season-opening 6-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The thumb started swelling on the flight back to Toronto he has not played since.


Trevor Kidd has a 4.04 goals-against average and dismal .859 save percentage since replacing Belfour, who had hoped to return for Saturday's meeting with the Montreal Canadiens.

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