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.