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Polak signed to PTO
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:03:31 AM »
Polak signed to a PTO.


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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2017, 10:11:05 AM »
Yeah, knew that this was going to happen.

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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2017, 10:15:18 AM »
What was the pitch to Rosen and Borgman?

I know you're both stars in the SHL, but let us tell you about the beautiful bus rides in the AHL!

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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2017, 10:17:04 AM »
What was the pitch to Rosen and Borgman?

I know you're both stars in the SHL, but let us tell you about the beautiful bus rides in the AHL!

I don't think that this really changes anything for those two. The AHL was always a very real and likely possibility for both of them.

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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 10:23:21 AM »
I think it was definitely an option, but Babcock was giving them the big sell earlier in the off season, told Dreger how excited he was by them and Aaltonen.

If you agree that Polak is likely to get a contract, do you think they both signed with the knowledge that they'd be at best 8/9/10 on the depth chart coming into camp?

Seems off to me.

EDIT: Thanks for moving this to its own thread.
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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017, 10:35:49 AM »
I think it was definitely an option, but Babcock was giving them the big sell earlier in the off season, told Dreger how excited he was by them and Aaltonen.

If you agree that Polak is likely to get a contract, do you think they both signed with the knowledge that they'd be at best 8/9/10 on the depth chart coming into camp?

Seems off to me.

You mentioned Aaltonen as well and that's another guy with basically a 0% chance of making the team out of camp. I think all 3 Euros signed knowing full well that they weren't the type of impact players that would get a NHL spot right away from any team other than someone like Colorado. Even when you go back to when they were signed nobody talked about these guys like we talked about Zaitsev. None of them were considered locks for the team. They were going to require AHL seasoning from any team that was courting them, and the Marlies being a pretty high-end AHL team was probably a big selling point.
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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2017, 10:42:24 AM »
You mentioned Aaltonen as well and that's another guy with basically a 0% chance of making the team out of camp. I think all 3 Euros signed knowing full well that they weren't the type of impact players that would get a NHL spot right away from any team other than someone like Colorado. Even when you go back to when they were signed nobody talked about these guys like we talked about Zaitsev. None of them were considered locks for the team. They were going to require AHL seasoning from any team that was courting them, and the Marlies being a pretty high-end AHL team was probably a big selling point.

I hope you're right.

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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2017, 10:51:02 AM »
Maybe it's the Leafs allowing Polak to show he's fit so that someone else will pick him up when he doesn't win a contract out of camp?
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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2017, 10:52:54 AM »
Maybe it's the Leafs allowing Polak to show he's fit so that someone else will pick him up when he doesn't win a contract out of camp?

That's the best case scenario.

Knowing Babcock though, he gave him increased minutes last year, if the leg break hasn't killed his skating completely, I'd bet money on him getting a contract.

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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2017, 10:57:24 AM »
I doubt Polak gets a contract right out of camp.  He's probably going to continue to practice with the team beyond camp (ala Prust and Ramo last year) though until he's 100% healthy- at which point the Leafs may have a need due to injury or he can explore other options.

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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2017, 11:06:13 AM »
Meh... no thank you.
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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2017, 12:59:20 PM »
Good guy Lou helping his man get fully recovered.

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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2017, 01:22:40 PM »
That's good news. Can always use depth on defense with the injuries that are sure to come. Poly's sandpaper was most welcome in the playoffs. Good dude, rooting for him.
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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2017, 01:52:51 PM »
That's good news. Can always use depth on defense with the injuries that are sure to come. Poly's sandpaper was most welcome in the playoffs. Good dude, rooting for him.

Polak grew on me as the season went on, and as you mention, it's always good to have more NHL capable defensemen on hand than less.  I don't mind healthy competition among the Dermott, Polak, Borgam, Rosen and Marincins of the world.  If the Leafs can come out of camp with 7-8 viable options on D, it's a good thing.

That being said, I don't know how fleet of foot Polak will be after that injury, he wasn't the fastest of guys to begin with.  I wish him well.

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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2017, 02:09:33 PM »
That's good news. Can always use depth on defense with the injuries that are sure to come. Poly's sandpaper was most welcome in the playoffs. Good dude, rooting for him.

Polak grew on me as the season went on, and as you mention, it's always good to have more NHL capable defensemen on hand than less.  I don't mind healthy competition among the Dermott, Polak, Borgam, Rosen and Marincins of the world.  If the Leafs can come out of camp with 7-8 viable options on D, it's a good thing.

That being said, I don't know how fleet of foot Polak will be after that injury, he wasn't the fastest of guys to begin with.  I wish him well.

I never had the big hate on Polak as some around here do/did, but after that leg injury, and at his age?  I wish him well too ... in retirement.

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Re: Polak signed to PTO
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2017, 02:09:33 PM »