TLN PLAYER PROFILES: D ROMAN POLAK

Bobby Cappuccino
September 28 2015 07:00AM


When it looked like the Leafs were going to trade everyone on the roster this past summer, Polak was a name that came up a decent amount. It’s not surprising - Polak is going into the last year of his contract, at a cap hit of $2,750,000, even though his real salary is $3,100,000. 

But it’s also not surprising that the Leafs didn’t move him yet. This is a franchise that preaches professionalism in every facet of a player’s life, including the weight room. And that’s somewhere that Polak excels. He’s a freak. In his days in St. Louis, the team had to stop him from benching more than 315 pounds because he couldn’t actually improve his fitness test results. And it’s not just the bench press that is impressive. 

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Maple Leafs buy mid-round pick, er, sign Brad Boyes to 1-year deal worth $700k

Thomas Drance
September 27 2015 02:31PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have hosted a low key reality show over the past couple of weeks called: "So you want to be flipped for a pick at the trade deadline?" The show wasn't that thrilling and the ratings weren't great, but it would appear that the club's search for a lucky depth forward to sign for the purpose of flipping at the deadline is over.

On Sunday the club elected not to give a rose to Devin Setoguchi and Curtis Glencross, both of whom were cut. The lucky recipient of a rose from Lou Lamoriello, then, is forward Brad Boyes, who, as first reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Maple Leafs have signed to a one-year deal. The deal is worth $700k, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

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TLN Player Profiles: RW P.A. Parenteau

Justin Fisher
September 27 2015 02:00PM

There are very, very few players on the planet that can replace Phil Kessel.

And no, P.A. Parenteau certainly isn't one of them.

That said, Parenteau isn't going to be asked to replace the 80~ points that Kessel put up. Parenteau, signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year, $1.5M deal this summer, will just need to help out in Toronto's top six and hopefully rediscover a little bit of that offensive pop that he showed off with the New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche in recent years. The end-goal? Play well enough to keep Toronto's young AHL core from having to move up to the NHL too soon, and hopefully play well enough to garner another asset at this year's trade deadline.

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Marner heads back to London, Setoguchi and Glencross cut, Madore sent to Marlies in latests Leafs roster slash

Jeff Veillette
September 27 2015 12:42PM

Some were hoping to see Mitch Marner impress enough to make the Toronto Maple Leafs as an eighteen-year-old, but at the end of the day, the long-shot hopes ended up missing the mark. The 2015 fourth-overall pick highlighted a shortlist of cuts to the Leafs roster today, which also included Curtis Glencross, Devin Setoguchi, and Rob Madore. 

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Rumours of Zajac to the Leafs not going away

Ryan Fancey
September 26 2015 10:06PM

Last week it was reported by Elliotte Friedman that a few managers around the league believed Lou Lamoriello might be interested in reuniting with Travis Zajac, a player he recently signed to a long term deal in Jersey at a heavy price tag. There have been a few rumblings since, with the usual insiders in Toronto being asked to weigh in on a potential deal, but nothing really to chew on in terms of actual names or whatnot. Over on the Jersey side, however, apparently the rumours are getting stronger, with Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger and NJ.com tossing some very interesting targets out there.

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