Glenn Healy On The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Katie Strang of ESPN, "I think they have certainly reshaped their team in a huge way," Healy told in a recent phone conversation. "They've added some players, particularly in the bottom-six position, to give them more balance and more depth. The players they picked up are Western Conference players. They've reshaped their focus." ...
Via Kukla's Korner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Good And Bad Moves In The Off-Season

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, Here’s a look at the best and the worst of hockey’s off-season: The Best St. Louis Blues The key here is that they added a potential No. 1 centre in Stastny, hurting a division rival — the Colorado Avalanche — in the process. In the tight Central Division, a move like that could make all the difference. Add KHL veteran...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Toronto Maple Leafs For Real?

Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images By Tony Ambrogio   Is Dave Nonis in denial? Does he REALLY think the 2012-13 Maple Leafs – a team that blew THAT lead against Boston – should be in some way reunited? Or is he just going with guys he has a history with, knowing they can’t get the job done and will at the end of the day miss the playoffs making it possible – POSSIBLE...
Via The Hockey Guys
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brendan Shanahan, The Hands-On President

from the Globe and Mail, On Friday afternoon, he spent two hours meeting with the Leafs’ first-round pick, William Nylander, and his father, Michael, reminiscing with a former teammate but also doing some last-minute due diligence. Then, when Saturday’s trade began coming together with the St. Louis Blues for defenceman Roman Polak, Shanahan was in the video room and...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Nonis: Gunnarsson departure means Gardiner, Rielly need to step up

One of the curious trades made on Saturday involved the Toronto Maple Leafs. They dealt defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and the 90th overall pick to the St. Louis Blues for Roman Polak. While that deal netted the Leafs a physical blue liner, it also sent Dion Phaneuf‘s top-pairing partner out of town. That means there’s a spot next to the Leafs captain and a chance to play a lot...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Discussing the Roman Polak trade

The Blues have made a change at defense. The club has traded Roman Polak to Toronto in exchange for Carl Gunnarsson and a draft pick. The move comes as the Blues believed they needed a left-handed defenseman to play with Kevin Shattenkirk. Though the move involves a player Blues fans feel strongly about, it was a solid trade which appears to favor the Note. It’s time to close...
Via Frozen Notes
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking forward: Blues draft nine with focus on offense, trade Polak for Gunnarsson

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues were busy at the NHL Draft on Saturday in Philadelphia, picking nine players in the final six rounds and trading a fan favorite to Toronto for a top-four defenseman. "There's a lot of work to be done, there's a lot of development," Bill Armstrong, the Blues' director of amateur scouting, told "None of the kids that...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs acquire Roman Polak from Blues, send Carl Gunnarsson

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photo) The second day of the 2014 NHL Draft is well underway and while the attention is on the prospects, teams are still finding time to wheel and deal their established players. That was the case in Toronto as the Maple Leafs traded defenseman Carl Gunnarrson to the St. Louis Blues.  In return, the Blues sent another defeneman in the shape of Roman Polak...
Via Around The Rink
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Leafs Make Another Stupid Move by   Curtis Morrison

They actually did something smart yesterday, selecting William Nylander. And they couldn’t even wait a single day before blowing every Leaf fans’ happiness on another ridiculous stupid play. The Maple Leafs traded Carl Gunnarsson today, to the St. Louis Blues, along with the 94th overall pick, and in return, they got Roman Polak. Polak has been a negative Corsi relative [...]
Via The Hockey House
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto/St. Louis Trade

via TSN, The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenceman Roman Polak from the St. Louis Blues for Carl Gunnarsson and the 94th overall pick.
Via Kukla's Korner
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the Blues make a trade on defense?

The St. Louis Blues have several areas to address this summer. The first ones which come to mind are goaltending, the power play and finding some offense help. One area which usually doesn’t come to mind is the team’s defense. Due to the talent the Blues have back on D, the club’s defense usually gets a free pass. Should it? In a recent chat with Jeremy Rutherford of the Post...
Via Frozen Notes
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Roman Polak injured, will miss rest of Worlds

Even though the 2013-14 season is over for the Blues, the bad injury news just keeps on coming. Roman Polak injured his shoulder while competing for the Czech Republic in the World Championships and will miss the remainder of the tournament. #stlblues D Roman Polak, who played less than 10 min Friday, sustained a shoulder injury for Czech Republic & is out for rest of tournament...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Polak out for rest of Worlds

Calgary Flames forward Sven Baertschi isn’t the only early casualty in the 2014 World Championship. While Baertschi suffered a fractured rib, Carolina forward Andrei Loktionov and St. Louis defenseman Roman Polak are both out for the rest of the tournament with shoulder injuries, according to the IIHF. Loktionov, who was playing for Russia, will be evaluated further in Switzerland...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Vladimir Sobotka and Roman Polak join Czech Republic for the World Championship

The hockey year may be over for the St. Louis Blues, but it’s still rolling for both Vladimir Sobotka and Roman Polak. These two have joined the Czech Republic for the World Championship in Belarus. Sobotka has never played in the World Championship and missed out on suiting up for his country when he came down with an injury before the Olympics in Sochi. Polak has competed in...
Via Frozen Notes
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Roman Polak looks thrilled to be in the team photo

Roman Polak doesn’t smile. Not even on team photo day.   Looking good, Roman. (H/T St. Louis Blues Subreddit)
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

This is one of the funniest sports pictures I've seen in a long time

On Saturday night the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche were a little bit upset at each other. A good old fashioned line brawl happened late in the game, which created this awesome sports image.Blues defenseman Roman Polak had Avs center Brad Malone pinned to the ice during the brawl. The referee stepped in to help protect Malone and yanked Polak's jersey up over his...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Ref freaks out when Roman Polak’s head vanishes

Here’s a great picture from what was an extremely disappointing game by the Blues and the Avalanche. As numerous players brawled, one official was left trying to drag Roman Polak away from Brad Malone. Polak’s head disappeared and as the official yelled for help, it led to this hilarious photo. The horror. (H/T Reddit Hockey)
Via Frozen Notes
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues, Jets Brawl Right Before Final Siren, Litter Ice With Equipment (Video)

Wild brawls on St. Patrick’s Day aren’t exactly unusual, and that extended onto the ice Monday night in St. Louis in a game between the Blues and Winnipeg Jets. The two teams engaged in a wild line brawl just before the final siren sounded on Monday night in the Blues’ 3-1 win over the Jets. With about 10 seconds to play in the third period and a faceoff in the St. Louis zone...
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Benn scores OT winner, Stars beat Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Jamie Benn scored 3:42 into overtime, giving the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, one night after teammate Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench. Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Roman Polak ended lengthy goal droughts for the Blues, who lost for the first time in five games with new goalie Ryan Miller. Colton Sceviour, among two call-ups...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey fights of the week

Did you miss us last week? We apologize for the brief Hockey Fights of the Week hiatus, but we come at you this week with a fully stocked recap of the best fights from the last two weeks. The NHL has temporarily closed its doors as numerous players flood over to Sochi for the Olympics, but we were granted several memorable fights over the last couple weeks to hold us over until the...
Via Puck Drunk Love
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fights of the Week: 1/27 - 2/9

Did you miss us last week? We apologize for the brief Hockey Fights of the Week hiatus, but we come at you this week with a fully stocked recap of the best fights from the last two weeks. The NHL has temporarily closed its doors as numerous players flood over to Sochi for the Olympics, but we were granted several memorable fights over the last couple weeks to hold us over until the...
Via Bloguin Best
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues activate D Polak from injured list after ten-game absence

The St. Louis Blues have activated defenseman Roman Polak from the injured list and placed forward Maxim Lapierre on the list with a lower-body injury. The Blues also recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from Chicago of the AHL in time for Tuesday night's game against Phoenix. Polak missed 10 games with a lower-body injury. In 34 games, he has three goals, four assists and 24 penalty...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues make three roster moves, including activation of Polak

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues made three roster moves Tuesday in advance of their game against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes. The Blues activated defenseman Roman Polak from injured reserve, placed center Maxim Lapierre on injured reserve and recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin. Polak had missed the past 10 games with an ankle injury and Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said following Monday...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Steen, Polak closer to returning for Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are leading the NHL in goals per game and could get their best goal scorer, winger Alexander Steen, back in the lineup before too long. Steen and defenseman Roman Polak returned to practice on Monday morning at the Ice Zone, a positive step for both in their returns from injuries. Steen has missed the past nine games with a concussion while Polak...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Steen and Polak are practicing again

Alexander Steen and Roman Polak participated in the team's practice on Monday. Steen (concussion) and Polak (lower-body) have been out of the lineup since December and are closing in on a clean bill of health.  While both men are close to returning, we'll probably see Polak before we see Steen. Polak believes he'll be cleared to play possibly by Tuesday's game...
Via Frozen Notes
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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