The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Roman Polak to a 1 year contract.
Leafs Nation and the Leafs organization are quite familiar with Polak who played almost 2 years in Toronto.
Polak was traded to the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline which netted the Leafs 2 2nd round picks.
Here in free agency, Polak returns for potentially another brief stay.
The Leafs, if they’re not in any contention, will probably trade Polak at the deadline again.
Polak is a righthanded shot defenceman who plays a rugged, tough, no nonsense game. He is a true throwback.
He will fit on the Leafs 3rd pairing on defence and add needed grit and experience.
Polak had an improved Corsi and Fenwick rating after going to the Sharks, but his PDO actually went down from 101 to 99. He is not an analytical darling, but sometimes, it’s not always about the numbers. Polak offers other intangibles that are great for a growing franchise.
All in all, he’s about what you’d expect from a 3rd pair D. He averaged 19 minutes a game and totalled 303 hit. He’s the 2nd 300+ hitter signed in 2 days after inking Matt Martin yesterday.
Again, the Leafs here chose to not chase the bigger name free agents and instead have gone with another low-key signing.
The familiarity Mike Babcock had with him and Polak’s familiarity with the Leafs makes this a solid match.