Tomas Plekanec said it three times. "It's hard to erase 15 years over a couple days." The 35-year-old center, the newest member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was talking in general terms. It's been 16-plus years since the Montreal Canadiens selected him in the third round (No. 71) of the 2001 NHL Draft and 14-plus years since he made his NHL debut on Dec. 31, 2003. Plekanec's larger point, though, is the Canadiens and their way of doing things are all he's known as an NHL player. After being traded to Toronto on Sunday, he finds himself playing for the team he learned to despise. "It's different," Plekanec said. "It's 15 years of one thing. It's hard to erase it in a couple days. But it's normal. These days, players get traded and they've got to put new jerseys on. It's same for me. I'm trying to do the best I can." It's a work in progress. He has had two practices with the Maple Leafs, including at McMullen Hockey Arena on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday. He has played two games for the Maple Leafs, both road losses. The first was a 4-3 shootout defeat against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday and a 3-2 overtime loss the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. He had no points and three shots on goal in 25:07 of ice time.
Plekanec getting used to new normal with Maple Leafs
NHL.com | Mar 3