Welcome to the column that many readers refer to as “something that will appear every Monday whether we like it or not. It’s an exciting week as many of these players could have be traded while I was trying to determine the perfect sentence to reflect on how Stephane Robidas played this week.
Find out how many Leafs have ranked in their final week on the team.
1. DANIEL WINNIK (LAST WEEK: 4)
He may have win in his name but his team sure does lose a lot. He’s been possibly the best all round player on the Leafs in 2015 and he’ll probably be gone by next week for a second round pick
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 20, 2015
2. NAZEM KADRI (LAST WEEK: 6)
Kadri is the top player who will (should) stick with the Leafs and his strong game against Winnipeg shows that he can be part of the solution
3. JAMES REIMER (LAST WEEK: 15)
Looked solid again in a loss and still deserves a shot at more work. Unfortunately after James appears in a loss he doesn’t get used for a fortnight.
— Scott Brookes (@duke_seb) February 23, 2015
4. JAKE GARDNIER (LAST WEEK: 8)
Still eating minutes and improving rapidly now that he’s away from Carlyle.
5. JAMES van RIEMSDYK (LAST WEEK: 18)
A hearty welcome back to JVRs offensive gifts that were on sabbatical since early January. I still won’t get on a boat with him though.
James van Riemsdyk on Leaf slide: “..you’re trying to dig out of it and every time you try to keep digging there’s more holes in the boat.”
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) February 18, 2015
6. PHIL KESSEL (LAST WEEK: 7)
Phil is life. Phil is love.
huh, Phil Kessel is already 10th in Leafs history for ES goals
— JaredOfLondon (@JaredOfLondon) February 22, 2015
7. LEO KOMAROV (LAST WEEK: 17)
Uncle Leo, Hello! We’ve missed you.
8. JONATHAN BERNIER (LAST WEEK: 3)
Bernier picked up a win this week besides less then stellar numbers. Luckily wins are the most important goaltending stat.
9. ROMAN POLAK (LAST WEEK: 16)
Roman has been doing his part to unclog the chemical toilet that is the Leafs blue line. He’s doing such a good job of it that it’s probably going to be his last week working here.
10. OLLI JOKINEN (LAST WEEK: 9)
He’s making sure the Leafs get more than a conditional seventh for him.
11. MORGAN RIELLY (LAST WEEK: 1)
Morgan Rielly’s comments this week are a good reminder that the best course of action is to avoid athlete interviews if you plan on liking athletes.
12. TYLER BOZAK (LAST WEEK: 14)
His early goal against Florida sent a message around the league that he’s a heart and soul first line center that will probably be a 70 point guy when he’s away from this toxic setting
With Krejci out long term the Bruins really need a center who can play big minutes… Like Tyler Bozak.
— Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) February 23, 2015
13. DAVID BOOTH (LAST WEEK: 20)
He’s doubled his season assist total in the last two games.
14. PETER HOLLAND (LAST WEEK: 10)
He is now being used a fourth line center now that Jokinen is on board. It’s absolutely what you should be doing to one of the few players the Leafs should want to keep.
15. RICHARD PANIK (LAST WEEK: 5)
Certainly not a standout like last week, but still
Trading Panik would be a Dick move.
16. JOFFREY LUPUL (LAST WEEK: NR)
It’s funny that his last name is Lupul but there’s no loophole to save us from his horrible contract.
I’ve been told #Leafs are actively shopping Lupul, and it’s very much in the plans for him to be dealt in the next week.
— Andrew Walker (@FAN590Walker) February 23, 2015
17. PETTER GRANBERG (LAST WEEK: NR)
Come on down and pick up your participant ribbon.
18. STEPHANE ROBIDAS (LAST WEEK: 11)
Sadly Robidas’ contract prevented me from truly enjoying the Flyers decision to re-sign Nick Schultz
19. KORBINIAN HOLZER (LAST WEEK: 19)
Dreger says there is an 85% chance Holzer is gone by the deadline.
I say there is an 85% chance I’ll enjoy this trade deadline
Dreger had updated the chances of the Leafs moving out some players. pic.twitter.com/Jm9P2ZnhFi
— Ryan (@ryanfancey) February 20, 2015
20. DAVID CLARKSON (LAST WEEK: 12)
David Clarkson fighting around the world.
DIDN’T MAKE THE CUT
Carrick and MacWilliam’s press box guest appearances don’t count for much.
Neither does Kozun’s 6 minutes of slow hockey, even if he did pick up a goal.
Trevor Smith has joined Dion Phaneuf in the infirmary.