The Maple Leafs traded Carl Gunnarsson to the Blues for Roman Polak and a fourth-round pick.
Polak, 28, is 6-foot-1, 225 lbs. and plays a very safe, stay-at-home defensive style. The Leafs blueline was questionable at times in 2013-14, but now they can slide the physical Polak beside Jake Gardiner or Morgan Rielly and allow them to play more offence while Polak provides a steady presence in the defensive zone.
Defenseman Roman Polak (ankle) was a full participant in Monday's practice and could make his return to the lineup Tuesday.
Polak has missed the last 10 games with a partially fractured left ankle. "I think I'm pretty close," Polak said. "I think I have the green light to go. I don't know when ... if it's going to be tomorrow, the day after. I'm going to do whatever I can to get back in the lineup and we'll see what the coaches decide." Head coach Ken Hitchcock said that Polak will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning.
Polak is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
The injury was suffered in the second period of Thursday's game and is believed to be ankle related. Polak has been placed on IR and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The club is not recalling a defenseman at this point.