Dave Bolland Contract Extension is No Easy Call

Dave Bolland Contract Extension is No Easy Call

Dave Bolland

Some Leafs news making the rounds last night as it pertains to Dave Bolland’s contract situation: Darren Dreger floated a five million dollar asking price on TSN’s Insider Trading.

Don’t get too caught up on “rumoured asking prices,” because they’re often inexact to put it mildly (Dreger reported $6+ million on David Clarkson a day or two before free agency). More than anything, it has to be a wait and see approach with Bolland. There’s no reason why the Leafs can’t reevaluate this situation come season’s end, after they’ve seen the aftermath of the injury recovery and after they’ve seen what he can do over (hopefully) 37 regular season games plus any playoff games as opposed to 15 October games. When approaching a contract of potentially four or five years in length, it should go without saying that 15 games mean basically nothing. It certainly isn’t enough to know if Bolland slots in as a complementary piece, which the Leafs need to take a hard line with and prepare for the possibility of losing rather than adding another long-term contract to their books, or a core piece for this team in the long run. How well does he recover and how big of a role does he play for Randy Carlyle down the stretch and into the playoffs?

Dave Bolland signed his existing contract, a five-year, $3.375 million (AAV) deal, before the 2009-10 season when the cap was $56.8 million; that’s about 5.9% of the cap. The same deal under the current $64.3 million cap is $3.8 million. Under a $70.2 million cap, which is what the cap will be during the first year of his next contract, it would be $4.1 million. He’s won two Cups since signing the contract, scoring 8 goals and 16 points during the first winning run and the Stanley-Cup winning goal during the second (after a much quieter playoff run and poor season overall). Hurting his case is his inability to stay healthy, playing just 226 of a possible 356 games (just 63.4% of total games, or an average of 52 out of 82 games), and the fact that the offensive promise shown in the 2008-09 season as a 22-year-old, when he posted 19 goals and 47 points (career highs), was never achieved again let alone built upon during the contract. Nevertheless, he signed that contract as an RFA under a $56.8 million cap.

Given his UFA leverage, a rising cap and his two rings since (including 17 goals and 43 points in 67 playoff games), it seems optimistic to think Bolland can be had for less than $4 million even if the Leafs give him the term he wants. Is Tyler Bozak money the best the Leafs can hope for with this player? It’s a guessing game, and for all we know a hometown discount might factor in to some extent. As Anthony pointed out, though, the Leafs could soon find themselves with the one of the most expensive forward corps in a year’s time once Nazem Kadri is due up for a contract, and we can question whether or not it would be strong enough down the middle to justify that (the goal is winning a Cup, remember). Meanwhile, the Leafs have been getting their excellent goaltending at a bargain price (that won’t last much longer) and their defence is pretty young, incomplete, in need of improvement, and soon to be in need of some new contracts.

It’s shaping up to be the most difficult contract negotiation with an in-house player Dave Nonis has had to face as Maple Leafs GM.


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1464 comments
Mark
Mark

It's a pretty damn easy call. The Leafs have an NHL ready replacement in Holland. With the money you save sign a superior player in Kulemin. 

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

Lets see, going into the playoffs we have:


JVR      Bozak     Kessel

Lupul     Kadri      Clarkson

Kulemin  Bolland  Raymond

Bodie    McClement Ashton


Phaneuf   Gleason

Rielly     Franson

Gunnarson   Gardiner

Bernier

Reimer


Who on here dont I want for a deep playoff run?  Ans: Bodie,Ashton, Gunnarson, Gardiner  Why?  Need a fast forechecker on the 4th line so one of Ashton or Bodie must go and be replaced by D'Amigo already fits the bill so bring him up and include one of Bodie, Ashton, Orr, in a trade.


On D, Gunnarson is weak, Gardiner just doesnt have it.  So, I would be ready to trade Gunnarson, Gardiner and Bodie/Ashton as part of deals to upgrade at D with the right skills.  Possible? No.  Which means we have to give up draft picks or prospects along with it.  Would I? Nope.


Therefore I say we stick because we have Finn and Percy coming along next few years and they are perfect for the roles these two can play.

 

Great Dane
Great Dane

Suddenly after the Olympic Games there are lots of top end players expressing the willingness to be traded. Especially St. Louis wanting be moved is a surprise.

For the Leafs the most interesting is that Canucks seems to all over the place and Nonis knows exactly what he is getting with Kesler and Edler.  Yes, Kesler was some issues but he is former Selke winner and compared to Bolland he plays a lot more games per season.  Since 07-08 he was play a full expect last season.

Kesler and Edler knows Nonis; Kesler is still in touch with Raymond, who Nonis gave a chance; Sure he talked with JVR and Kessel. The Swedish players always talks with each other.

Vancouver needs to start over again, but both Kesler and Edler has NTC to they decide were to go, which of course lower the price tag quite a bit:

To Vancouver:   Franson; Bolland; Gauthier; Holzer; 3rd round pick

To Leafs:   Kesler; Edler plus keeping 2 million in salary this season year.

JVR - Bozak - Kessel

Lupul - Kadri - Clarkson

Raymond- Kesler - Kulemin

D'Amigo - Holland - McC

Phanuef - Gunnar

Rielly - Edler

Gardiner - Gleason  

Savo43
Savo43

Next year roster maybes-

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F: Holland, Leivo, Kozun, Ashton, D'amigo, Mckegg, C.Brown

D: MacWilliam, Percy, Finn

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UFA's:

Bolland

Kulemin

Raymond

McClement

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RFAs:

Gardiner 

Franson

Reimer

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Lets pretend they all left and we got nothing for them lollll.

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JVR-Bozak-Kessel

Lupul-Kadri-Clarkson

Leivo-Holland-Kozun

Ashton-McKegg-D'amigo

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Phaneuf-Gunnarsson

Rielly-Gleason

Percy-MacWilliam

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Bernier

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I actually don't think we'd be as screwed as one would think. Not sure though. 

Loric76
Loric76

night gang.  stupid work is stupid tomorrow

Ze_theLeafsFan
Ze_theLeafsFan

 Of course the Wings and the Habs game is a 3pt game.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

G'Night Gents.....have a good one  :)

Cameron19
Cameron19

So sounds like Kesler wants to go East, if we put all the clues together. I like the suggestion that he ends up in Philly. 

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Belfour20  So the Kings finally figured out how to score more than two goals in a game. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Belfour20  The first one didn't make any kind of impact. We were getting exactly the same quality of goaltending before that deal was done. 

Cloud09
Cloud09

@wiski  I'm working on the vape right now and an orange sounds like a good idea at the moment. 

Ze_theLeafsFan
Ze_theLeafsFan

@Jmessih  All the Avs forwards are near there. ROR, McKinnon, Landerskog, Duchene and Stasny are 20G + scorers... or will be 

Loric76
Loric76

@Jmessih  we already have one too many recent ex-Nucks on this team.  No need for extra swim coaches

PepTalk
PepTalk

@Cameron19  Gillis will want the farm for Kessler. Holmgren may be gun shy.

Loric76
Loric76

@Cameron19  ya for B.Schenn.  I like that one too...doesn't improve either team lol

Ze_theLeafsFan
Ze_theLeafsFan

@Pent_House @Ze_theLeafsFan  Damn he is 32? He will stabilize our D, just like Gleason. I wouldn't mind giving them Franson and a prospect. Would have been ok to give a 2nd but we have none. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Loric76 @Jmessih  I wonder if Raymond and Schneider leaving has anything to do with it. I'm sure they still talk. Maybe he's hearing how great the travel in the East is and how other organizations treat their guys....

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@wiski @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Pent_House  

I don't mind paying for quality.  One of the best things I like about the Solo is the taste of pure THC.  It'll cost you just over $200 with tax (or more depending on the accessories you get with it).  If you order from TO Vape there is an online code for $30 off.

mcloki
mcloki

god I wish I was back at school.

Cloud09
Cloud09

@wiski @Pent_House  Don't get me started... Those anti-pot ads Harper is running drive me up the wall. So blatantly ignorant and full of lies.  

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Ze_theLeafsFan @Jmessih @Belfour20  the 2001/02 Leafs were pretty close to that. 5-20 goal scores and I'm pretty sure McCabe was up there too. Leafs lost to Carolina in the conference finals and that was the year Alan McCauly had that amazing playoff run.

Loric76
Loric76

@Jmessih @Loric76  sorry I misread it.  He's good but has been on the decline for a couple years now.  Not the dynamic player he used to be.

Loric76
Loric76

@PepTalk @Cameron19  Holmgren.  JVR for Schenn.


Kesler is swampland in Florida and has Holmgren written all over him.

PepTalk
PepTalk

@Cameron19 @PepTalk  My intention wasn't to entertain you! However, I'm glad you enjoyed the laugh. So why do you think that the flyers would do it?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@PepTalk @Cameron19  lol, No. I would not even entertain it. I find the very suggestion laughable, and ridiculous. Kadri is out-producing him already, and with less PP time and optimal offensive opportunities - and not just offensively, but defensively too.