Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Reasons to Have Ryan Reaves on the Roster

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 23: Ryan Reaves #75 of the Minnesota Wild arrives for the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 23, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 23: Ryan Reaves #75 of the Minnesota Wild arrives for the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 23, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 10: Mikhail Sergachev #98 of the Tampa Bay Lightning drills Auston Matthews #34   (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 10: Mikhail Sergachev #98 of the Tampa Bay Lightning drills Auston Matthews #34   (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Mikhail Sergachev – Tampa Bay Lightning

Mikhail Sergachev is the second Tampa Bay Lightning player to grace the list and to be fair there could be more.

You could include the league’s dirtiest player Nikita Kucherov, along with Brandon Hagel, while also including former Lightning Corey Perry and Pat Maroon, however those final two are pretty insignificant at this point in their careers.

Sergachev being included in the list has nothing to do with his recent comments that got misinterpreted in translation, but more to do with his on-ice actions.

The Russian defenseman falls right into the same category as Tory Krug and Charlie McAvoy where they are some of the dirtiest players in the league that get away with nearly everything.

Sergachev has been fined and suspended for separate incidences in the past against the Maple Leafs.

The first being a two-game suspension when he targeted Mitch Marner’s hit after a play was all but done.  He was also fined a whopping $5,000 last season for a slash to the wrist of Michael Bunting that was well behind the play.

These aren’t the only occurrences that Sergachev has done around the league as he has been fined on other occasions that should have led to suspensions.

The former first round pick runs around too much and takes liberty with star players and as the NHL won’t suspend him, Reaves can have an introduction.