Maple Leafs re-sign Peter Holland to 2-year, $1.55 million deal

Maple Leafs re-sign Peter Holland to 2-year, $1.55 million deal

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Peter Holland

Peter Holland has been signed to a two-year, one-way contract worth $775,000 a season, Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove has learned.

Holland would’ve had the option of accepting a one-year, two-way $850,000 qualifying offer as fellow former first round pick Carter Ashton did earlier today, but obviously opted for the guaranteed NHL salary of a one-way deal over two years. It appears to work out nicely for the Leafs.

If the 23-year-old Holland can serve as the third line center during this contract and do so capably, $775,000 a season is really good value, assuming his NHL production begins to grow as his AHL numbers would suggest it can.

The new contract also means Holland is waiver prone, so there will be no bouncing up and down this season or else the Leafs would lose the former first round pick who was acquired for a 2nd round pick and Jessie Blacker last November.

This season should be Holland’s first full-time opportunity in the NHL for a significant stretch of games, and hopefully Randy Carlyle integrates Holland a little better than last season. A lace-bite injury that required a longer recovery than first anticipated didn’t help matters, but  he only played about 11 minutes and change on average as Carlyle opted to elevate Jay McClement and really lean on the veteran when injuries struck at center.

Regardless, bygones are bygone and Holland should be looking at a nice opportunity coming this Fall. Leafs management deserves some credit for making the development-geared move of letting a coach’s favorite in McClement — who it should be said did serve the club well in his more natural 4C role — walk and, as Shanahan put it, “giving our young players opportunities. We want to have competition. We want to create that internal pressure, that there are jobs to be had here.”

1015 comments
Marlies Man
Marlies Man

What's going on over the Europe? Just got home. Is this the spark that ignites WWIII?

Mcost61
Mcost61

God@TheTweetOfGod 2m

It's really incredible how many of you are total stupid asses.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

i haven't seen a picture of Nylander yet that doesn't look like the head is photoshopped onto the body

wtf

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

maybe it makes sense for Tampa to acquire Phanuef.

Garrison/Carle/Brewer-Phanuef

Hedman-Stralman

Sustr/Barbeiro-Gudas

that top pair left side is where they could cut some contract

any of those three worth our consideration?  (Garrison/Carle/Brewer)  must sweeten the pot for us to make their dreams come true?

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Burntheboats

weak defensively and not much grit or truculence. This team would get bullied and intimated until they were too scared to play their game lol

Loric76
Loric76

@Burntheboats I think I'd swap Tavares and Stamkos but man that would be some starting lineup aside from Mason.  That's also a 40-50m lineup lol

Loric76
Loric76

@Mcost61 biggest takeaway from that video - Steve Spott's nickname is 'Spotter', breaking the trend of dropping the end of the last name and adding a 'y' or 'ie' that they do with everyone...Nonie, Burkie, Ronnie, Bozie, etc.

Loric76
Loric76

@dlb Mad because he's still a kid, with a smallish kids body that makes his noggin look huge.  I also can't unsee the resemblance to that character from the Team USA stop motion movie (forget what it was called)

Loric76
Loric76

@DeclanK about 3/4 of the way through now, waiting for him to announce he's coming to Toronto after his contract is up, drop the mic, and walk out on the interview.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@DeclanK What puck moving defenders in the minors is he talking about? Ouellette is their only note-able guy. 

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@peterbleafs

:P

i try to make sense of everything

my job is to fix the problems no one else can

i can't escape my fate

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Cameron19

Almqvist stood out in the minors a few times to me.  and i didn't watch them too often.  but i dunno

Loric76
Loric76

@DeclanK @dlb Mad loved his response to the comment that maybe some FA's didn't come to Detroit because he's too hard on players "maybe they should ask Sidney Crosby, or maybe they should ask Shea Weber, if they liked winning those gold medals...the proof is in the pudding."

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

There'd still be leaf fans who would despise him.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Mcost61

or how about this...we send them all Leafs tickets so they can come see that they're lives aren't so bad.  there are people suffering worse than them in the world.  count your blessings.

would that work?  to some i'm being serious.

Loric76
Loric76

@DeclanK @Loric76 @dlb Mad dude is awesome.  Him and Burke here together would have been the most outspoken & entertaining management duo going