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via the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed free agent defenceman Roman Polak to a one-year contract.
Polak split last season between Toronto and San Jose. The Ostrava, Czech Republic native recorded one goal and 12 assists in 55 games with Toronto. With the Sharks, he collected three assists in 24 regular season games while also skating in 24 playoff games en route to San Jose’s appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.
Jake Virtanen received a major for interference and a game misconduct.
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
Many fans, including Edmonton Oilers fans, were upset that Nurse would attack Polak, who it turns out had little or nothing to do with Hendricks crashing.
I saw the fight differently.
First, from Nurse’s perspective, Polak had tried to injure Hendricks, so the motivation for payback was there. No doubt, Nurse went after Polak and instigated the fight.
But while many fans, including me, might hope that the National Hockey League came down harder on fighting and on-ice violence, that’s not the reality of the league. The facts on the ice are that the NHL lets all kinds of fouling go on and often the nastiest of fouls are only punished with a slap. In that atmosphere, the law of the jungle prevails. Teams that foul, play nasty, bend and break the rules and intimidate have a decided advantage. For years, the Oilers have been prey and not predators in this world. They have been beat up, banged up, assaulted and intimated. But new Oilers players like Nurse, Zack Kassian, Eric Gryba and Patrick Maroon are starting to change that equation. They’re going after opposing players for real (and perceived) acts of violence against the Oilers. They’re starting to intimidate.
If you watched how Mark Messier and Chris Pronger on the Oilers, you’ll know just how important it is for a team to have this kind of reckless and nasty menace in the line-up, especially if that player can also play the game.
Watch the fight below...
via the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the team has acquired the San Jose Sharks’ second-round selections from the 2017 and 2018 Entry Drafts as well as forward Raffi Torres in exchange for defenceman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling.
Torres, 34, will be re-assigned to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. He has skated in six games with the Barracuda this season.
added 9:22am, San Jose release is below...
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons discusses the inevitable "falls" of Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel as the main topic in his Sunday notebook, but you and I both know that numbers 3 and 81 will be exiting Toronto in salary-and-or-player-dumps soon, and we all know that Jaromir Jagr's ability tos core in the "Dead Puck" era was (and now is again) pretty damn impressive, so this set of observations strikes me as the most pertinent "chunk" of Simmons' notebook:
Before trading David Clarkson to Columbus, the Leafs thought they had a deal going that would have sent him back to New Jersey. The player whose contract would have swapped in exchange has not been confirmed, but quite likely it’s the concussed Ryan Clowe ... There was significant interest in Roman Polak at the NHL deadline, including from his former team, the St. Louis Blues. The Leafs like what Polak gives them from a stability and maturity point of view, something the current team is lacking in ... Pretty sure Ron Wilson was an advocate of Phaneuf being named captain of the Leafs. Wasn’t he the coach at the time? ... The narrative once was that the Leafs won the trade that brought Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner to Toronto in exchange for Francois Beachemin. The standings don’t agree. Since then, the Leafs are playing .497 hockey and the Ducks are accumulating points at a .638 clip ... If you don’t love the Andrew Hammond, Hamburglar, story, you don’t love sports. I’m doing something I don’t remember doing before: I quietly cheering for the Ottawa Senators.
Simmons continues, discussing his usual potpourri of Sunday sports topics.
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The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch can only pen "'almost deal'" columns after today, so he's delivering a hum-dinger of a rumor wallop this morning. Among his trade deadline day ruminations:
A guy who isn’t being talked about much who may be attracting a lot of interest is New Jersey defenceman Marek Zidlicky. Nobody is sure if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would actually deal Zidlicky, but teams have been calling to see what the asking price is, just in case he does decide to make a move.
The Maple Leafs want to be the busiest team in the league Monday. They have been trying to deal almost their entire roster, but all eyes will be on captain Dion Phaneuf and wingers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. They’ve also, for the past two weeks, been shopping centre Tyler Bozak and his $4.2-million salary. Toronto has a chance to make this a significant day if they make moves.
The Montreal Canadiens set up shop in San Jose on Sunday night after a long flight that left at 11 a.m. The Habs have been steadfast in their search for a defenceman since the quest for help began. They were able to help their forward ranks by picking up Devante Smith-Pelley from the Ducks earlier this week in exchange for Jiri Sekac, but the thinking is GM Marc Bergevin isn’t done. The Habs would like to get a defenceman and the belief is they’ve been eyeing Toronto’s Roman Polak and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry. Though teams have wanted draft picks in return, the talk is the Habs may be dangling goaltender prospect Zach Fucale, who was a second-round selection (No. 36 overall) in 2013.
Garrioch continues, reporting that the Sabres and Bruins may swing a Chris Stewart deal, that the Blues want to make some sort of impact and that Matt Beleskey is in high demand.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenceman Roman Polak from the St. Louis Blues for Carl Gunnarsson and the 94th overall pick.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Roman Polak to a five-year contract extension.
“We believe Roman is one of the top defensive defensemen in the league who plays against the opposing team’s best players night after night,” said Armstrong. “He’s one of our top penalty killers who is just reaching the prime of his career and we’re happy to have him in the fold for the next five years.”
Polak, 25, played in 55 games this past season, recording 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and 33 penalty minutes. The 6’1”, 227-pound defenseman has played in 227 career National Hockey League (NHL) games, all with the Blues, posting 49 points (eight goals, 41 assists) along with 143 penalty minutes.