In 14 games with Maple Leafs, tough-guy Ryan Reaves has 0 goals, 0 assists, 12 penalty minutes and is minus-11. Leafs have been outscored 11-0 when he’s on ice in five-on-five situations. Leafs GM Brad Treliving signed the 36-year-old to a three-year, US$4.05 million contract. pic.twitter.com/dHrqSsvXrh
– Stu Cowan (@StuCowan1) November 11, 2023
An average of $1.35 million a year isn’t that much, but the fact that he was signed for that amount and isn’t contributing anything is more problematic.
When he’s on the ice, the Leafs have allowed 11 goals and haven’t scored a single five-on-five goal.
Now the colossus will be left out of tonight’s game, when the Leafs host the Vancouver Canucks.
Sheldon Keefe has confirmed that Bobby McMann will take the veteran’s place this Saturday.
Sheldon Keefe confirms that Bobby McMann will replace Ryan Reaves tonight for the Leafs.
Also: John Klingberg is back in the lineup. He’ll replace Simon Benoit.
– Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) November 11, 2023
The Leafs have finally scratched Ryan Reaves https://t.co/IthqnqK5cF
– RMNB (@rmnb) November 11, 2023
Ryan Reaves? More like Ryan Leaves…am I right??? https://t.co/Eh9ZNUrPPG
– Alan Lepore, MPA (@AlanLepore) November 11, 2023
There isn’t a single dollar to spare, and Reaves’ 1.35 million a year isn’t necessarily welcome if he performs like this and has to be let go.
It should also be pointed out that Reaves has been hired to play physical, but above all to defend his teammates, something he’s not really doing this season.
Reaves wasn’t on the ice and not only did the tough guy not do anything for the rest of the game, the entire team didn’t get up to throw down the gloves with Marchand to defend his teammates.
A player like Reaves was expected in the Leafs’ dressing room, because nobody wants to throw down the gloves when they have to.
It’s the kind of reaction fans expect from Reaves, but he doesn’t do it.
He’ll have to start by defending his teammates and not being such a nuisance, even if we don’t expect him to score thirty-odd goals.
– Lane Hutson is simply incredible. I can’t wait to see him play professionally.
Correction – the most goals in the past 20 years was 18 by Justin Schultz. Hutson had 15 last year as a freshman and is on pace to easily top 18 as a sophomore. As Bobrov would say…he’s a unicorn.
– Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) November 11, 2023
– The 6-foot-5 forward collected 25 points, including 14 goals, in 19 WHL games.
Is Cayden Lindstrom a top 10 pick? (A possible choice for the Habs)
– The Sick Podcast – Recrutes Draftcast (@sickpodnhldraft) November 11, 2023
– Spencer Martin had absolutely nothing to do with it, biting into Lucas Raymond’s feint.
What a fake-out by Raymond! pic.twitter.com/LeZpRtnd5o
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 11, 2023
– The Wolf will be the starting goaltender for the Flames tonight against the Ottawa Senators.
– Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 11, 2023
– Artturi Lehkonen will miss several weeks following his fall against the boards in last Thursday’s game.