Maple Leafs’ Kapanen scratched for ‘internal accountability’

Sheldon Keefe addresses the media following the Toronto Maple Leafs' overtime win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, noting that Kasperi Kapanen was scratched for internal accountability, but would not elaborate.

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Kasperi Kapanen was scratched for the team’s 2-1 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday for “internal accountability,” coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters after the game.

“We had chatted about it yesterday a little bit then made our decision (on Saturday),” said Keefe. “I wanted to sleep on it and we met with (Kapanen) this morning, made a decision and went from there.”

Keefe said this was a one-time incident and the winger will address the situation after practice Monday. The 23-year-old was replaced by Dmytro Timashov in the lineup after not taking part in the pre-game warmup.

In 51 games this season he has 10 goals and 28 points.

Kapanen’s name has been in trade rumours with the Leafs suffering a number of key injuries to their D-corps.

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