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.”

Founded in 2008, Maple Leafs Hotstove (MLHS) has grown to be the most visited unofficial team-focused hockey website online (Quantcast). Independently owned and operated, MLHS provides thorough and wide ranging content, varying from news, opinion and analysis, to pre-game and long-form game reviews, a weekly feature piece, the "Leafs Notebook", along with a Web TV show the "Maple Leaf Hangout".
873 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.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

The good old days of free-for-all hockey.

446 goals for and 314 goals against for the Oilers in 83-84.

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. 

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.

Loric76
Loric76

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