Kasperi Kapanen was scratched because he was late, overslept

Kyle Cantlon
NHL Editor

Kasperi Kapanen was an unexpected healthy scratch for the Maple Leafs’ clash with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, and on Monday morning we learned why.

So a trade involving Kapanen wasn’t imminent, as many were speculating at the time of the move, the dude just slept through his alarm clock and was late for practice — and it apparently wasn’t the first time.

Kapanen and Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe spoke to reporters on Monday morning, with both echoing similar sentiments: It’s happened before, and it needed to be fixed — now.

Leafs captain John Tavares — publicly, at least — is downplaying the situation, telling reporters on Monday:

'(It) can get blown out of proportion; I think it was just an honest mistake. I don't think he's trying to come in and be unprofessional. You get to this point in the season and sometimes you forget what day it is. He feels bad about it. Just an honest mistake," according to Yahoo Sports’ Justin Cuthbert.

It looks as though both player and team will try to put this behind them quickly, with Kapanen set to return to the lineup on Monday versus the Florida Panthers.

Kappy has 10 goals and 18 helpers for 28 points in 52 games this season. His name continues to be floated in trade rumours as the February 24th deadline looms.

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