Sunday, April 16, 2017

Polak out for Season after Gruesome Fall

Roman Polak's season is done for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 30-year-old Czech suffered a serious injury after taking a hit from Brooks Orpik during Toronto's 4-3 overtime win on Saturday night at Verizon Center.

You can watch the video above, but we're warning you--it's ugly. Polak's ankle gets contorted below him as he spins off the hit and tumbles to the ice. We watched it twice, which is more than enough.

**Editor's note: Just watched it a third time and screamed."

"He's done for the year so it's unfortunate obviously," said Toronto head coach Mike Babcock. "It's one of those things, but Orpik's a good man, he plays hard. He didn't mean to hurt anybody it's just one of those things and unfortunate for Polak."

The Leafs are already thinned out on the blue line with Nikita Zaitsev not quite ready to return due to injury.

Babcock is not sure if Zaitsev will return for Monday's Game 3 vs. the Caps at the Air Canada Centre. If not, he says it will be Alexey Marchenko's turn to crack the lineup.

"I'm not 100 percent -- either him or [Alexey Marchenko]," he said. "Obviously if Zaitsev is ready to go he'll get the opportunity. He skated today, he'll skate tomorrow, and if he's ready he'll be in and if he's not ready March will go."

According to Chris Johnston of SportsNet, Zaitsev skated this morning and a return tomorrow looks likely. The Russian rookie has been out since suffering an uppper-body injury last Sunday in the Maple Leafs final regular season game against the Blue Jackets.

Zaitsev himself posted this video of a practice session from Sunday. Looks like he'll be a go for Game 3...