With the Maple Leafs trading Steen and Colaiacovo to the Blues today, a lot of people have been asking, and answering this question: Was Alex Steen treated well and given a fair chance while in Toronto?
My answer is yes.
Huh, lets see. Did the Maple Leafs ever play Steen on the top line? Yes, plenty of times. Was he ever used as a healthy scratch? Maybe so, but he has played the majority of the games in his NHL career. And finally, were the Maple Leafs patient with Steen? No doubt!
So I don't understand why people keep saying that the Maple Leafs never gave Steen a fair chance.
Personally, I enjoyed having Steen as a Maple Leaf. He was always a decent player, who yes, did have the potential to be a healthy scratch often.
But he managed to continue to score goals at the correct time, and stay in the lineup. Do you know why? Because he never gave up on the fore check, and he always dished out good hits, while staying in shape and keeping up his speed.
So really, no one can say that Steen never got a fair chance, because he did.
And do you know another thing? Steen still managed to score 50 goals and 76 assists in his NHL career, which as of Saturday night, is a span of 253 games.
So basically, the point that I am trying to make here is that Steen has had his share of chances, and points.