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.