Fehr caught the eye of coaching staff in scrimmages over the weekend but remains on the bubble to make the Leafs this season, reports the Toronto Sun. Fehr's age and lack of foot speed beside a fast and young Toronto forward corps will make it tough for him to make the team come October. It remains to be seen how much preseason action he'll get once games start Tuesday.
Fehr (finger), who's already back at practice with the Maple Leafs, said, "I feel the best I've felt in a long time," the Winnipeg Sun reports. The oft-injured winger was traded from the Penguins last March, only to sustain a broken finger in his first game with the Buds; an ill-fated shot block caused him to miss the balance of the regular season. Fehr enters the 2017-18 campaign amid a crop of burgeoning young forwards, yet he reportedly doesn't know where he fits in Toronto's plans. His constant fight with the injury bug coupled with the fact that he hasn't cleared 33 points or 75 games in the past seven seasons means he's bound to be waiver-wire fodder in most fantasy pools.
Fehr (hand) isn't expected to rejoin the lineup for Game 6 against the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHl.com reports. The veteran winger has now been sidelined for nearly a month due to the issue, so his return can't be counted on until something suggests he's making progress to receive consideration. Toronto enters the contest down 3-2 in the series, so it would take a victory for Fehr to have a chance at retaking the ice in 2016-17. Regardless, he can't be counted on for consistent ice time or production even when healthy, limiting his fantasy upside in playoff pools even if the team was to advance.
Fehr (hand) will miss Game 5 against the Capitals on Friday, despite being on the ice for the morning's session, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. This will be the 15th straight absence for Fehr, and he's only played once since Feb. 28. Toronto alone has plenty of offensive firepower on the wing, so poolies involved in the playoff action can likely find a wealth of alternatives to Fehr.
Fehr (hand) will miss his 14th consecutive contest Wednesday against the Capitals, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports. Considering that he's logged just one game since joining the Leafs at the trade deadline, Fehr is unlikely to suit up even when given the all-clear. In 52 appearances with the Penguins this year, the winger tallied six goals and five helpers, which certainly isn't going to help his case for securing more ice time when healthy. At this point, the 31-year-old is probably just a veteran locker-room presence for one of the NHL's youngest teams rather than an on-ice contributor.
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