Dave Bolland is going into surgery late tonight after taking a skate to the leg while receiving a hit from Zack Kassian in Saturday night’s 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The injury has been described as a deep cut with a partial tendon tear similar to Erik Karlsson’s injury. The exact timeline on this injury can be tough to approximate, but it’s going to be months and dozens of games.
Bolland had six goals and ten points in 15 games while taking on tough assignments for Randy Carlyle. This is a big blow for the Leafs‘ prospects this season, especially in the month of November, with Tyler Bozak already gone for the next few weeks and not a whole lot of options on the depth chart at center.
Dave Nonis, Randy Carlyle and co. will have nearly a week off of games to try to pool their thoughts and figure out how to patch up the situation down the middle. Bozak has been placed on long term injury reserve and cannot return until November 21st at the earliest. As of tonight, the Leafs’ center depth becomes Nazem Kadri – Jay McClement – Trevor Smith – Guy Off the Street (or something).
James van Riemsdyk could be a desperation option as a first line center, as the idea was flirted with last training camp when JvR first arrived. Nonis must also be hitting the phones looking for a decent depth center he could trade for. We’ll know more in the coming days.
Here’s the incident. Dave Nonis said after the game he doesn’t believe there was any intent on Kassian’s part.
Why not look for free agents like Peter Mueller, very skilled but injury prone that are on the UFA shelf. Trading from a pt of weakness, in this case injury is not a great idea.
Trade options, possibly Brad Boyes. In a couple weeks, if the Oil don't change their play they may be amenable to trade a centre and for a solid top 4 stay at home defenseman. At least in my dream world.
Bozak is a 3rd line centre on the leafs and a 3rd/4th line centre on a good team. He helps the top line defensively and in the corners but is offensively too limited to be a true #1 centre. Kadri should be the #1 centre, but still needs some fine tuning and seasoning, which can only come from more time and responsibility on the ice. His biggest weakness is his inconsistent two-way play and faceoffs, but that again is something that can be learnt, esp for a 2nd year NHLer. Its too bad he doesn't have Bolland on the ice to see and learn from for a while
The kickchop is the new slewfoot...it's time for skate manufacturers to start using using kevlar or carbon fibre for protection.
Look on the bright side Bolland will be back with 20 or so games left and in the meantime we can plug in some guys from the Marlies. It takes more than one playoff run to build a contender (other than Colorado...too many first round picks, shouldnt be allowed..being rewarded for losing) we need experience and maybe McKegg or Leivo or Broll might get a few more games. Lets enjoy the ride we're 10 and 5 and we've got a string of weak teams coming up and a week off..
This is gonna hurt. With Bolland in there, it was centre by committee . Now, no Bolland, no Bozak (and his so so game), and Kadri is looking mighty smallish out there against a nasty team like Vancouver . If the Buds cant make a trade ...and I doubt they can...JvR is their only hope . You never know...he is so good, he may be able to handle it. Naz has scored a bit, but he is nowhere near the cobra he was for 30 games last season. Some rough sledding ahead , methinks. This may make the team shore up there defensive game , but as a team, they prefer the run and gun . Works ok vs inferior teams ...not so much against the likes of Vancouver and Chicago .
For fucks sake. Our dudes are dropping like flies! This Karlsson was out a looong time. Hopefully it's not as bad.
The hockey gods aren't smiling on the Leafs except for the wins column
Kadri , McClement , ?. ?
Kadri was in carlyles doghouse in the 3rd. Carlyle had lots to choose from.
Kadri had a half season to warm up for the season as did most of the other players and thats why there was no dreadful early hockey period like most seasons or time for the leafs to collapse. He is scoring at a good pace (almost a pt a game) with much less minutes than most other centres. Of course that is going to change for the next little while
I never understood that trade for a 4th rounder. Is he that bad or slowly developing?