Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan Reaves
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Ryan Reaves Voices His Frustration With The Maple Leafs

Published January 21, 2024 at 8:23 PM

Ryan Reaves has not played a game for the Toronto Maple Leafs since December 14th. At first, it was rather clear that he was dealing with an injury, but he has since recovered and yet he remains out of the lineup. This has apparently grown into a serious situation as tensions between Reaves and the team are reportedly growing.

Reaves Reportedly Growing Increasingly Frustrated Over Being A Scratch

It is unclear exactly how long Reaves has considered himself healthy enough to play as the team still has him officially listed on Injured Reserve. That being said though, the team may very well be keeping him there simply so they do not have to play him, the same way a fantasy player might keep a player on IR just so other teams can't claim them. Regardless though, Reaves's play this season could be the real reason he has not returned to the lineup as he has generally been the worst player on the team.

Ryan Reaves not happy that he's not playing and says he's been healthy for a couple of weeks. That all fine and dandy, but Reaves needs to realize that he's not good enough to play. #LeafsForever

Leafs Coaches Not Communicating With Reaves About Role With Team

Reaves recently addressed his absence from the lineup with reporters. He seemed to indicate that the team has not communicated their plans with him as he remains in the dark about his future with the team.

"I mean, it's not fun. Nobody likes watching hockey when your team's going out to battle. I definitely hate it. But there's nothing really more I can do. I don't know exactly what the situation is or what's going to happen. I guess just stay patient and find out."

This is not a good look for the Leafs coaching staff, but ultimately this falls on the shoulders of Brad Treliving, who signed Reaves to a three-year contract extension over the summer.

Most fans immediately knew the deal was terrible from the day it was signed. Reaves was one of the worst players in the league last season which begs the question, why did Treliving think this was a good idea? Was a three-year offer even necessary to entice Reaves? Regardless, it seems he could find himself on a new NHL team soon, if not with the Toronto Marlies.

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