Peter Holland sent down, more roster decisions looming

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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:

JvR – Bozak – Kessel
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.

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  • Cloud09

    Another option available, however unlikely it is would be to waive Orr and his $925,000. Would allow the Leafs to keep 2 forwards and a defenseman or viceversa.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Cloud09  That doesn’t sound like it’s even under consideration.

  • Cloud09

    Alec Brownscombe Cloud09  That’s why it’s unlikely, although would be the smartest move IMO.

  • Jmessih

    Alec Brownscombe Cloud09 Could have been using the word “or” as opposed to “Orr” if you are speaking about that one instance when he ran through line combos for the 4th line. Dropping the near 1 mil of Orr would be HUGE for the team. Hoping to see it done :)

  • Knights2Leafs

    It will be interesting if/when Ashton gets sent down given that his earning a spot out of training camp was the reason for Colborne being traded.
    Having said that I’d rather not lose either Bodie or Smith so it makes sense to do it.

  • Cloud09

    Jmessih Alec Brownscombe Cloud09  That’s what I’m looking at. Leafs send down Orr and are able to keep some depth + McLaren who is just as good right now if not better than Orr.

  • whalz

    Bodie has looked the best playing the 4th line role,,brings speed and a physical presence which is needed for an energy line…..Orr or FML need to go,,,waive both.

  • Optimustic

    Kozun with a couple of whacks at a puck in front of the SA net.

  • Jmessih

    Optimustic Still 2-0 Marlies ?

  • Optimustic

    Jmessih Optimustic  Yup.   PP coming up too.

  • Zep2

    Sending holland down shows that there is a bit of depth in the organization
    Giving up Blacker and a 2nd is the cost of doing business. We have young former 1st rounder who could play On the 2nd or 3rd line for years .
    On top of that he played well when we needed him to

  • Jmessih

    Optimustic Jmessih Beauty

  • Optimustic

    McKegg tried the JVR in close play, but it didn’t work.   Nice try though.

  • Xxxxxnew

    I hope Lundqvist doesn’t have a hall of fame game tomorrow.

  • whalz

    He needs a new contract at seasons end as hes an RFA. needs to make the leafs next yr or we are in the same situation as we were with Colborne.

  • wendelsfist

    Anyone know why Orr didn’t play the last two games whereas mclaren got ice time.   Was Orr injured or on the trade block?

  • Knights2Leafs

    Xxxxxnew  
    We only need to score one.

  • Jmessih

    whalz More pure skill than Colborne if you ask me. Better skater, better hands, better vision, that bodes well for his future.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Zep2  Holland and Ashton together dominating the AHL wouldn’t be the worst thing ever, I guess.
    Ridiculous if both Orr and McLaren survive this roster squeeze, though.

  • rustynail

    Alec Brownscombe Zep2  no surprise if they do though

  • Knights2Leafs

    Alec Brownscombe
    yup

  • rustynail

    wendelsfist  no idea maybe his elbow flared up

  • Optimustic

    Biggs to the dressing room after being hit from behind.  No call on the play, but I think he’ll be back after his nose stops bleeding.   Still 2 – 0 with about 4 minutes left in the middle frame.

  • Knights2Leafs

    rustynail
    and yup

  • rustynail

    CanuckUKinToronto Jmessih whalz  Colborne had a great opportunity and pooched it

  • whalz

    My point is he needs to be with the leafs next yr or he’s traded,,,he won’t be a Marlie….where is he going to fit next yr especially if Bolland is resigned? I like Holland but maybe he is converted to the wing unless RC roles a 4th line like every other team and goes for speed or skill instead of fists…
    A 4th line of:
    Komorov-holland- Ashton isnt bad.

  • Xxxxxnew

    He’s had a bursa injury all season. Same as Clarkson’s, who had to have surgery when it became infected.

  • rustynail

    Xxxxxnew  didn’t Orr have surgery on his too?

  • Xxxxxnew

    Not sure, I don’t remember reading about it. Not the best injury for a fighter to have.

  • Knights2Leafs

    whalz  
    Holland has clearly demonstrated an ability to play at the NHL level and we have very little center depth. We all saw what can happen when one and the two centremen go down.  He needs to stay.

  • whalz

    Exactly,,,but I’m saying he needs to be in the lineup. I’d rather trade Mcclement or let him walk Ufa and replace Him with Holland……he’s a guy you can move up the lineup when injuries arise, we tried that with Mcclement and it was a disaster

  • Black_Hawk

    Excited to finally see our line up healthy again

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Jerry D’Amigo looking like he deserves a call up, too. Leafs have to clear some dead weight. But won’t.

  • Knights2Leafs

    whalz  
    Except McClement is the consummate 4th line center; better suited for that than Holland.  Play Holland on the 4th line with him.  There will be lots of opportunity for Holland to move up.

  • rustynail

    Alec Brownscombe  he looked good when he was up

  • lukethenuke

    Alec Brownscombe  ready to take Kule spot on third line?

  • rustynail

    lukethenuke Alec Brownscombe  he is no Kulie

  • Alec Brownscombe

    lukethenuke Alec Brownscombe  Or just be a part of the solution on the 4th line rather than getting rid of the good parts on our team.

  • Jmessih

    Alec Brownscombe No worries I have a feeling one of Orr/McLaren will be sent down as the next move.

  • Optimustic

    Marlies to the PK with 1:01 remaining in the 2nd.

  • whalz

    He deserves a 4th line role too….has speed and grit for that role…pk’r as well which helps if Mcclement is not resigned.

  • lukethenuke

    Alec Brownscombe lukethenuke  im pushing a Kule for Maata trade, get with it

  • Abby Leafs

    Knights2Leafs whalz Trade Raymond while you can & play Holland on the wing for now

  • Knights2Leafs

    Alec Brownscombe
    it’s a huge bonus if you’re 4th line players can contribute to special teams like on the PK.  D’Amigo is a natural for that.

  • whalz

    Holland, smith, Ashton, bodie, d’amigo, are all capable of playing on the 4th line if Mcclemts asks too much on his next contract…if he resigns for 1.5-1.75 that’s good value, if he wants 2m let him walk

  • lukethenuke

    Alec Brownscombe lukethenuke  LOL I really dont think switching Kule for Dmigo is much of a roster changing move… especially with how he has been producing, so marginal.  Yes, he is good defensivley, but so is Dmaigi, and at what, 2 M less… in a cap strapped team, does Kule DESERVE 2 M more than D’amigo?

  • Optimustic

    CanuckUKinToronto Optimustic  Hmm,   I thought she was the lucky one.   :-)

  • Black Phantom

    I wish the nhl never particpated in the Olympics. The Leafs were the hottest team in the NHL and they had momentum going their way with kessel lighting it up. My concern is it gives teams who were banged up and slumping a chance to regroup. I just hope they can pick uup where they left off. Go leafs!!

  • Alec Brownscombe

    lukethenuke Alec Brownscombe  He’s a 40 pt player on average. That’s not nothing. The experiment of him at center show how multi-tooled/purposed he is, too. Extremely solid all around player.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Abby Leafs
    I just want to see our top 9 get a chance for a number of games.  I like Raymond.  He may not be physical but his speed on the forecheck and backcheck make up for his lack of physicality.