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Polak (hernia) done for year as Leafs lose another veteran d-man


The Toronto Maple Leafs lost another experienced member of the blueline on Monday, as the club announced Roman Polak will undergo season-ending hernia surgery.

Polak, 28, was in his first year in Toronto following last summer’s trade from St. Louis and appeared in 56 games for the Leafs, scoring five goals and nine points while averaging 21:05 TOI per night.

As mentioned above, Polak is just the latest Leafs d-man to be lost for the year. Over the weekend, Toronto announced that 38-year-old Stephane Robidas was set to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. Both are under contract for next season; Robidas’ deal extends through 2017.

With Polak gone, the Leafs recalled Petter Granberg from the AHL Marlies. Granberg joins Dion Phaneuf, Eric Brewer, Tim Erixon, Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly on Toronto’s active roster.

Video: Leafs’ Polak with a dangerous hit on Caps’ Johansson

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak delivered a dangerous hit on Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson in the final minute of the first period tonight.

Polak was assessed a minor penalty for boarding on the play.

Johansson remains in the game.

Have a look:

Back from the brink, Kings still ‘have a lot of work left to do’

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Exactly two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Kings woke up in 12th place in the Western Conference. The defending Stanley Cup champions had won just four times since Christmas, were languishing five points back of a playoff spot, and even the most handsome of hockey bloggers had finally started to doubt them.

Yada, yada, yada, the Kings woke up this morning in a playoff spot. They’ve won six straight and, per Sports Club Stats, have seen their chances of qualifying for the postseason jump from 25.3 percent to 68.8 percent. As for those handsome hockey bloggers? They’re picking on the Ducks and Sharks now.

“We weren’t playing even close to our capability,” said defenseman Drew Doughty, per the Associated Press. “We’re seeing what we can do when everyone starts to perform. We’re happy with the way we’re playing now. But we can’t get ahead of ourselves. We need to keep winning. We have a lot of work left to do.”

Indeed they do, starting Saturday in Santa Clara, outdoors against their better-be-motivated rivals from San Jose.

What’s more, the Kings have played 31 homes games, compared to just 26 on the road, meaning their remaining schedule is heavy on away dates. And lest we forget, this is not a team that’s been good on the road this season (8-12-6).

The March 2 trade deadline also looms. Will GM Dean Lombardi add a defenseman? (Jeff Petry? Andrej Sekera? Roman Polak?) We only ask, because playing Doughty 30 minutes a night might not be the best way to get him fresh for the playoffs. With no Slava Voynov, he’s averaged almost four minutes more than he did last season.

The Kings know they aren’t out of the woods yet. When asked about the excitement of playing the Sharks in front of 70,000 fans Saturday at Levi’s Stadium, goalie Jonathan Quick made that point clear.

“You’re playing for two points,” he said, per L.A. Kings Insider. “I think we’re tied with them right now in the standings. That’s the only thing you’re excited about. It’s going to be a playoff-type game. We know we’re fighting for a spot.”

Report: Polak ‘coveted’ by Kings

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The Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek has a column today about the upcoming NHL trade deadline, and how it’s shaping up to be a buyer’s market.

In it, Duhatschek lists a number of potential rental defensemen, including the “Coyotes’ Zbynek Michalek, the Carolina Hurricanes’ Andrej Sekera, the Edmonton Oilers’ Jeff Petry or the Maple Leafs’ Roman Polak, a player coveted by the Kings.”

We presume Duhatschek, a well-respected hockey reporter, isn’t just pulling those last six words out of thin air and that the Kings do, indeed, have an interest in Polak.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if they do. Polak, 28, is a rugged, right-shooting defender that could add depth and experience to a Kings’ blue line that no longer has Willie Mitchell and may not have Slava Voynov for a while, or even ever again.

Polak, Toronto’s leader with 183 hits, is signed through next season for a cap hit of $2.75 million. He was traded to the Leafs by the Blues in June.

Leafs use emergency recall on Petter Granberg


The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to snap an 11-game (0-10-1) skid tonight when they play host to the Edmonton Oilers.

They’ll likely have to do so with another injury on the blue line.

Petter Granberg was recalled by the club on an emergency basis meaning one of the six defensemen who played in last night’s 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils is likely hurt.

Korbinian Holzer, Morgan Rielly and Stephane Robidas took part in the the Leafs’ optional practice this morning, which suggests Roman Polak, Jake Gardiner or Cody Franson could be nursing an injury.

Additionally, captain Dion Phaneuf (hand) will miss is sixth straight game tonight.

Granberg, 22, has appeared in three games for the Leafs this season averaging 11:30 in ice time.

The one bright spot for Leafs fans is that Toronto is 5-0-0 in its last five meetings with Edmonton. The Leafs have also won seven of the last 10 meetings with the Oilers.

Edmonton begins a six-game, 10-day road trip tonight. The Oilers have one win in their last three and are 5-13-7 on the road this season.