Withstanding health issues is one testament to the
’ organizational depth.
So is their performance without the talent they parted with after last season.
Two of those players, forward
Winnik, who the Ducks let go as a free agent after last season, has repeated his solid, responsible play in Toronto, helping convert a franchise that finished 28thin penalty killing last season to No. 10 in the category.
“It’s an area they wanted to improve upon from last year, and I think I’ve done a good job helping them, with my consistent work ethic, helping my teammates on the defensive side of things,” Winnik said Tuesday following his team’s morning skate at
Winnik is plus-11 with 11 assists.
With the emergence of young forwards such as
Yet, deep admiration remains.
“He gives coaches trust,” Ducks Coach
"He knows how to play the game, he's in the right position all the time. He might not score you 30 goals, but he does all the little things that help you win. Blocks shots, good skater, big man."
Robidas said Tuesday that he believed his trading-deadline acquisition from Dallas in March would mean a
The Ducks wanted him back for this season, but Toronto offered a three-year contract, and Robidas has stepped in to post a plus-10 figure -- plus-nine during the 9-1-1 run -- while playing in all but one of the Maple Leafs' games.
"The leg feels good, no issues. I might have the screws at the knee removed after the season because it gets tight, just uncomfortable, depending on the weather too," Robidas said.
He said he anticipates the test his former team, currently leading the
"We've got to impose our tempo, we're a fast team," Robidas said. "When we manage the puck well, when we're in our spots in the neutral zone, we're effective."
AS FOR THE DUCKS … : Boudreau rested his top two centers, Ryan Getzlaf and