Nick Spaling
C FA
1 year ago

Spaling signed a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette HC of the Swiss League on Wednesday, Stephen Whyno of AP Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Spaling has become something of a journeyman, playing for four teams since the start of the 2013-14 campaign. The veteran's 2015-16 season can, at best, be called disappointing as he notched a paltry 13 points in 58 contests split between San Jose and Toronto. The center is just 27 years old and could reinvent his game while playing in Europe, which gives him an outside chance of returning to NHL action in the future.

Nick Spaling
C FA
2 years ago

Spaling will make his Sharks debut Wednesday, skating on the fourth line, reports Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.

EDGE Analysis

Spaling was acquired in a trade Monday and will be skating alongside Dainius Zubrus and Chris Tierney. While that's not a promising spot for his production, coach Peter DeBoer mentioned Wednesday that he believes Spaling can play up the lineup when he gets comfortable. He may not be a great play right now, but he could be worth keeping an eye on if he climbs the depth chart.

Nick Spaling
C FA
2 years ago

Spaling was traded to the Sharks on Monday in addition to Roman Polak for Raffi Torres and second round draft picks in 2017 and 2018.

EDGE Analysis

After being part of the Phil Kessel trade during the offseason, Spaling will now head out west. It has been a rough season for the 27-year-old, as he's tallied a meager seven points in 35 games. The winger leaves Toronto on a high note, however, after netting a goal and an assist against the Flyers in his final game with the Leafs. Due to the travel time, Spaling will not suit up against the Blues on Monday.

Nick Spaling
C FA
2 years ago

Spaling (upper body) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Panthers, Paul Hendricks of Leafs TV reports.

EDGE Analysis

Spaling's injury-riddled 2016 campaign has allowed him to play in just 24 games thus far, but he'll finally get a chance to add another to it Tuesday. It's unclear where exactly the team plans to slot him in the lineup, but that should reveal itself either at morning skate Tuesday or during warmups in the evening.

Nick Spaling
C FA
2 years ago

Spaling practiced Monday for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury in mid-December, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.

EDGE Analysis

Given the fact that he hasn't played since mid-December, the center will likely need multiple practices before he'll be able to dress again. The team should continue to update his status as he nears a return to the lineup.

Nick Spaling
C FA
2 years ago

Spaling (upper body) resumed skating Tuesday, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Spaling has been sidelined since he suffered an upper-body injury in Toronto's Dec. 17 matchup with the Sharks, so his return to the ice Tuesday is obviously a step in the right direction in his recovery. A more definitive timetable for his return to the Leafs' lineup should be established once the 27-year-old forward is able to return to practice with his teammates.

Nick Spaling
C FA
2 years ago

Spaling (upper body) is expected to miss an extended period of time due to the injury he suffered in Thursday's game against the Sharks.

EDGE Analysis

It remains unclear exactly how Spaling suffered the injury, but coach Mike Babcock confirmed after the game that he will be out long-term. It's a tough blow for the Maple Leafs, although considering he's not really on the ice for his offense, he wasn't providing much fantasy value for fantasy owners anyway. We'll have to wait to find out a concrete timetable for his recovery.

Nick Spaling
C FA
2 years ago

Spaling has been ruled out of the remainder of Thursday's game against the Sharks with an upper-body injury.

EDGE Analysis

It isn't clear when or how Spaling suffered the injury, but it's apparently serious enough to hold the 27-year-old forward out of the remainder of Thursday's tilt. The Maple Leafs should provide an update on Spaling's status following Thursday's contest.

Nick Spaling
C FA
2 years ago

Spaling picked up his first point since his return from injury in Wednesday's loss to Winnipeg. He set up Toronto's only goal in a 6-1 loss.

EDGE Analysis

Spaling has never delivered more than 32 points in a season, but he's not really on the ice for offence. He's a hard-working lunch-bucket type who will drive opponents crazy with his dogged style. But it won't deliver him much fantasy value. This was Spaling's third point -- all assists -- this season.

Nick Spaling
C FA
2 years ago

Spaling (upper body) will rejoin the lineup Monday against the Bruins, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports.

EDGE Analysis

Spaling missed the last three contests due to the upper-body injury, but it appears that streak will come to an end Monday. Spaling has just two points (both assists) through 15 games this season, but will return to a good matchup against a Bruins club allowing the seventh-most goals per game this season (2.95).