Centerman Peter Holland has been sent down today to accommodate for the return of Dave Bolland, and potentially Trevor Smith, to the Leaf lineup.
Holland has shown promise and will hopefully factor in more prominently next camp (or come the next injury), but had posted one point in thirteen games before a lace bite injury which kept him out for three games prior to the Olympic Break. He has 11 points in 35 games this season.
For the first time since October, the Maple Leafs will have Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Dave Bolland and Jay McClement lined up down the middle of the ice, as was the off-season plan.
Combine the newfound depth in options at center with waiver considerations, Peter Holland never had much of a chance of sticking in the next month, if we’re frank. He is waiver exempt on an entry-level deal and can be freely moved up and down. Even if we wanted to raise hell about Holland getting demoted while McLaren and Orr take up roster spots, it’s obvious there’s no spot in the top-9 for Holland for now and it seems best he center the Marlies’ top line. There’s no denying it looks bad if Holland barely plays the rest of the season after the Leafs lost a 2nd-round pick by keeping him up the last five games, however.
Meanwhile, there are next to zero players unavailable to Randy Carlyle now, provided Bolland does indeed return on the 27th (Trevor Smith is also around). Carter Ashton’s status isn’t clear and he may still be nursing an injury.
The lineup is shaping up something like:
Lupul – Kadri – Kulemin/Clarkson
Raymond – Bolland – Clarkson/Kulemin
McLaren/Ashton/Smith – McClement – Bodie/Orr
There has to be two more moves from here. Trevor Smith, Frazer McLaren and Troy Bodie are all waiver-bound, with Smith in particular likely to get claimed. Bodie meanwhile has put in some good night’s work for this team in the past month. Carter Ashton is waiver exempt (ELC).
Two of Ashton, McLaren, Bodie or Smith will need to be demoted, the latter three of which require waivers. Three of those players are useful, one is not. Will logic win out?
The Olympic trade freeze lifts tomorrow at midnight.
I see Lupul is starting to get to the Phaneuf level of hate and criticism now. The guy is probably the best on the team at interviews and always says the right thing, pretty sure he wouldn't make a blowjob joke with 20 cameras in his face
Marlies will have Pieter Holland now plus may be one more as Leafs have to do some moving with the guys getting healthy.
Just listening to the Knights on CJBK 1290 and Mike Stubbs was just talking about rumours from The Hockeywriters to the effect that the NHL may be announcing in the next couple of weeks expansion into Seattle (Microsoft) and perhaps Quebec.
Anyone hearing anything like this?
@Bruffins Yeah. There is nothing to see here. I think Wilbur had it right. She most likely had her kid/kids with her at the event. No way he does anything like that
@Ze_theLeafsFan Only if a ban is your goal ;)
@Belfour20 who is that!?
@Knights2Leafs just from you :)
then don't believe it.: )
I hate the thought of expansion. Just as we're starting to get a quality roster they'll have an expansion draft.
Just in case there is any truth to this, let me be the first to say I hate Gary Bettman.
exactly, if he did even the tiniest thing wrong we would be reading 10 different articles about it
I didn't see anything wrong with what Lupal said, if anything I believe he was working the media to be more friendly.
If you saw something wrong, your glass is usually half empty all the time... Plus If there was a comment made in bad taste all those reporters would of had a field day already with it.
For sure, and as a business owner I've twice had to deal with an allegation by one employee of sexual harassment of the verbal kind by another. It's very difficult to deal with and often hard to prove or disprove.
@Alec Brownscombe @Komas Taberle @Wilbur @Knights2Leafs Yup. It was completely innocent. Tell me the last time a bunch of Toronto sports media members are gathered around a Maple Leaf and that Maple Leaf member says something untoward and the media chooses not to jump all over it and sensationalize it and write 5 billion stories about it? If this was something other than innocent it would be knocking the Olympic stories off the front pages in the Sun and Star already.
Nope, it's right underneath Jimmy Hoffa's. So if they ever find his we're in trouble.
No doubt she has. She has double, I mean two, daughters of her own so I'm sure she's heard it all.
Just so you know, I don't take this stuff lightly. My younger sister was sexually assaulted by her ex boyfriend at a time when the police didn't take those things quite so seriously. My brother and I went over and had to have a little more than just a talk with him.
@Komas Taberle @Knights2Leafs @Wilbur Why are you getting yourself upset about something that most likely didn't happen? I don't get it? How do you know it was even someone's young daughter? I'm guessing she's a media member and a mother and brought her child to the outdoor practice and was knelt down low with her kid while asking the question. Being a mom and a media member at the same time…a.k.a. double duty.
Didn't seem inappropriate to me and the chuckle at the end didn't really seem consistent with some double entendre.
@wiski @Alec Brownscombe @Komas Taberle @rustynail Here's the interview, wiski: http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=561128&catid=802
also, expansion drafts have in the past only let teams protect one goalie (that's my vague recollection). The Leafs would be pushed to trade Reimer, because he would very likely be taken if available.