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The truth behind Jani Hakanpaa's mysterious injury has been released


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Tom Banks
July 4, 2024  (2:08 PM)
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Jani Hakanpaa, formerly of the Dallas Stars.
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Jani Hakanpaa's potential injury has become a major talking point for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but now we know the truth behind the interesting situation.

The Toronto Maple Leafs made some big moves on day one of free agency, but flying under the radar was their acquisition of hulking defenseman Jani Hakanpaa, formerly of the Dallas Stars. Since his signing, reports emerged however that his injury situation may be bad enough that he could be forced to retire.
This was bad news given that the Maple Leafs had just handed him a two-year deal, but now, Maple Leafs Insider Nick Kypreos has set the record straight;
A Dallas source has confirmed to me that they would have liked to re-sign Hakanpaa but feared he has a "degenerative knee" that would be tough to manage next season. The Leafs certainly do not feel the same way as their medical team had an extensive look prior to the signing and were very comfortable giving Shanahan and Treliving the green light to move forward.

At 6-foot-7, Hakanpaa has played in 80, 82 and 64 games over the past three years, showing that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank at 32-years of age, but the fears remain for many fans of the Maple Leafs organization. Those fears likely won't be alleviated until they see him on the ice in a meaningful game, but until then, it appears that everyone within the organization were comfortable enough to give him a two-year deal, so that is significant moving forward.
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