One of the most controversial players on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and to no fault of his own, is defenseman Roman Polak.
When healthy, he's a regular in the lineup, despite providing almost no real benefit to the roster, certainly not more than what the youngsters can provide.
The argument that his defensive and penalty killing prowess is paramount to the team's success has been debunked ages ago, but Mike Babcock still sings his praises on a daily basis.
According to Mark Masters and Kristen Shilton of TSN, it appears that Polak will be a healthy scratch tomorrow against the Ottawa Senators, as the team has been rotating Polak into the third pairing with Connor Carrick on Travis Dermott's right side.
It appears that Carrick has been given the edge.
Carrick has been a healthy scratch for the last two games, and several others throughout the course of this season. Offensively speaking, Carrick hasn't offered much more than Polak. Both have played 34 games this season, with Carrick putting up one more point (7) than Polak (6). While plus/minus isn't an incredibly telling stat, Carrick boasts a +7 this season. Polak has a -1 goal differential.
Stay tuned for the confirmation of the news following practice.