Dave Bolland finally nearing return, could play versus Montreal

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Dave Bolland has been medically cleared to play since late February. It might now be a case where Bolland has decided the comfort level he would prefer to play at is simply not going to arrive any time soon or be further helped along by sitting out more games. James Mirtle also reported today that he has been looking better this week in practice.

More practice updates on Bolland from David Alter:

Might we see JvR – Bozak – Kessel, Lupul – Kadri – Kulemin and Raymond – Bolland – Clarkson for the first time this season?

The Leafs have not been able to roll those lines at any point this season. Clarkson was suspended for the first 10 games, Kulemin missed the month of October after leaving injured in the second game of the season versus Philadelphia, Bozak went down for nearly a month in late October, and Bolland almost had the rest of his season wiped out in early November.

If he plays, obviously Randy Carlyle would be wise to take the approach of easing him into the lineup. Not only that, but expecting a significant contribution out of Bolland in the remaining 10 or 11 games is probably unrealistic. Jumping back into the lineup at a crucial time of the season when the League is shifting into stretch drive and playoff mode, not only will he be dealing with some lingering discomfort, but he’ll be spending several games getting up to speed and rediscovering his timing with and against players who are now elevating to playoff-like intensity.

The Leafs could sure use any added depth contributions at this point, though, if Bolland is able to help provide them. Mason Raymond has six points in his last 10 games, two of which came shorthanded and some of which was garnered by moving up the lineup, but among the others to feature on the Leafs’ third line of late?

PlayerPts in last 10 GPI
Holland0
Kulemin2
Clarkson0
McClement1

Jonathan Bernier is also expected to be a game time decision tomorrow.

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  • Anthony Petrielli

    I don’t think Randy will ease him in if he plays well. Just my two cents.

  • Robbies

    Bolland is a warrior….if he is good to go
    This is MEGA at his crucial point….that and a return
    Of Bernier and we take 7out of 11

  • Belfour20

    Its about bloody time you posted a new article, fucking slacker.

  • Belfour20

    Anthony Petrielli  Thats ok, he should be well rested.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    I wonder if there are going to be any slick posters from the Leafs of Bolland like there were of Clarkson? “He’s coming”

  • Belfour20

    ingy56  Pretty sure Clarkson has taught us all a great lesson here.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Belfour20 ingy56  Nooooo..ya think?

  • Belfour20

    ingy56 Belfour20  You don’t make friends with salad right?

  • Belfour20

    CanuckUKinToronto  Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

  • Belfour20

    By the way Final Fantasy 10 HD remastered is all kinds of awesome.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    ingy56  How hilarious is this in hindsight? I mean it was always overboard, but this is hilarious

  • Alec Brownscombe

    CanuckUKinToronto Alec Brownscombe ingy56  Maybe we read it the wrong way. Perhaps it was meant to show he is a disaster on ice.

  • BingoDabber

    COME BACK BOLLY AND SAVE OUR SEASON
    (not asking too much, right)

  • Cameron19

    Belfour20  Probably my least favorite in the series, outside of the shitshow that is 13.

  • Waiting4LSC

    Sorry Guys that is Release The Leo

  • Waiting4LSC

    AP; Would like your 10 cents on why we lose games we need to win.

  • wiski

    Alec Brownscombe ingy56  Maybe Bolland can get him going

  • rustynail

    Waiting4LSC  enjoying the nice weather today?

  • rustynail

    Anthony Petrielli  no shit if he plays well he may be over used

  • Waiting4LSC

    Nope, at work. I’m told its really nice.  :)

  • rustynail

    Waiting4LSC  yup it really is :)

  • Loric76

    Alec Brownscombe ingy56  funny how quickly they shut up with this stuff lol

  • Loric76

    wiski Alec Brownscombe ingy56  they were playing ok together for those few games where we had both of them

  • Loric76

    Anthony Petrielli  JVR – Bolland – Kessel?

  • Loric76

    Belfour20  Meh.  9 days till early access starts for Elder Scrolls Online…aside for Leafs games I won’t be coming up for air much for the next few months.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/THNRonnieShuker https://twitter.com/THNRonnieShuker/status/447124680759971840
    The Vancouver Canucks have the worst record (9-19-3) in the NHL in 2014, even worse than the Buffalo Sabres (9-18-4). They play Sunday.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/NaveDonis https://twitter.com/NaveDonis/status/447125404361302016
    Dave Bolland might play tomorrow. We would totally be in the top 5 if he didn’t get injured! But he was injured so we’re 7th, its so unfair

  • wiski

    CanuckUKinToronto  a glass ya right. 😉

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/NaveDonis https://twitter.com/NaveDonis/status/447124412995604480
    James came to ask for a trade today. I told him it was past the trade deadline so I couldn’t trade him. That’s why its called the deadline!

  • BBirde

    Belfour20  A purchase for my Vita. That and the new games coming out in the future will make this a justifiable purchase. My 3DS XL has already paid for itself 10 times over.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    I shall NEVER listen to Mirtle when it comes to hockey.  Its official.

  • wiski

    Rags vs Cbus tonight hmmm go Cbus I guess

  • wiski

    TheCanucksnaphook  Great podcast yesterday with Jonas don’t ya think?

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    wiski Didnt listen.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    wiski  I might watch a game tonite.  Starting to come down with a cold.  Its what I get for making fun of Canada while sitting in the sun.

  • wiski

    TheCanucksnaphook wiski  Was along one, worth a listen if you want the blood pressure up a bit.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    TheCanucksnaphook  I’m listening to Jim Hughson talk baseball, think I’ll clean the cat box.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    wiski No thanks !! I appreciate the offer tho…

  • Mind Bomb

    Loric76 Belfour20 A new MMO, I have not played one since Everquest, was waiting for Next, but I will check this out

  • Waiting4LSC

    If you want the blood pressure up a lot, just watch the Leafs.  :)

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Waiting4LSC  poor guy….Just ignore the Leafs and sit by the pool.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    TheCanucksnaphook Waiting4LSC  You keep telling me to sit by the pool but it’s ccccold out there.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    ingy56 TheCanucksnaphook Waiting4LSC  Was 30 today.  However walking around downtown disney isnt the best idea when you are feeling a bit crappy.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    TheCanucksnaphook ingy56 Waiting4LSC  Bugger…getting into the plus territory next week here, but we are supposed to get more damn snow tonight and tomorrow.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    ingy56 TheCanucksnaphook Waiting4LSC  I dont like that snow talk….its time for it to go.  Was hoping it would be warmer once I returned North.  Should be back on the 1st.

  • rustynail

    ingy56 TheCanucksnaphook Waiting4LSC  as long as its gone by Tuesday :)

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    rustynail ingy56 TheCanucksnaphook Waiting4LSC  Where do you want me to put it?

  • wiski

    Waiting4LSC  watching habs get PP after pp does it for me.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    wiski Waiting4LSC  Brace yourself for saturday then.

  • ConnorCrisp

    Would you listen to him on other topics??