Has Toronto Maple Leaf Jamal Mayers Lost His Fight to Remain One?

November 10th, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

Acquired from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the Toronto Maple Leafs' third-round pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft, Jamal Mayers has, for the most part, been invisible for the Leafs.

Through 76 career games with the Leafs, Mayers has registered seven goals and ten assists, good enough for 17 points. To be fair, Mayers was not acquired for his offensive prowess, rather, it was he ability to throw the knuckles that the Leafs valued.

Sure, when called upon, Mayers answers the bell and sticks up for his teammates, but with offseason additions Colton Orr and Wayne Primeau in the fold, Mayers’ playing time has quickly eroded to the point that it appears as if his services are no longer required.

Let’s be clear here, we are talking about a player that has a career plus/minus rating of minus-86, so Mayers’ absence from the lineup would be negligible. Question is, what should the Leafs do with him?

Leafs general manager Brian Burke stated over the summer that he would not hesitate to send underachievers/dead weight players down to the Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Given the fa ...

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