The Maple Leafs signed Roman Polak to a one-year contract.
Polak had 13 points (1G / 12A) in 55 games with the Maple Leafs before they traded him to San Jose prior to last year’s NHL Trade Deadline. After the deal he only added three more assists, but the 16 points was the second highest total of his NHL career. He is known more for his bear-like strength and defensive abilities opposed to what he can or can’t do with the puck.
The Sharks have acquired Roman Polak and Nick Spaling from the Maple Leafs for Raffi Torres, a 2017 second round pick and 2018 second round pick.
Polak is a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but provides the Sharks’ with depth on the blueline for a playoff push. Polak has 13 points (1G / 12A) in 55 games, led the Maple Leafs in blocked shots (102) and was second in hits (220).
Polak has reportedly been playing with pain for awhile now, but said he hit a wall on Saturday and it is too much to play through now. He will undergo surgery and miss the rest of the season. Petter Granberg has been recalled to fill-in for Polak.
Polak (knee) is a game-time decision for Thursday.
Polak took part in Leafs practice on Wednesday and could be back in the lineup tomorrow vs. Carolina. He has been sidelined with a knee injury since November 22nd. Monitor his status in the morning skate.
Polak (knee) skated on his own for the first time since suffering the injury.
Polak has been sidelined with a strained left knee since November 22nd. He was scheduled to miss four weeks, which would put him on track to return a week from tomorrow. Since he just returned today, it looks like he will be out passed that original timetable, but this is a positive sign for the Maple Leafs’ blue line.
Polak expected to miss four weeks with a knee strain.
Polak was injured on Saturday on an attempted hit on Red Wings’ forward Tomas Tatar. Polak’s timetable is not definite at this time, but he is expected to muss about one month. Korbinian Holzer was recalled on Monday.
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.