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

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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.”

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  • Pent_House

    good deal, No No staying busy

  • Jmessih

    Like this deal, we could be getting some decent value here for the money we just gave Holland. Nonis could look like a genius here with this deal for the next two years.

  • Mattmark

    Good move!

  • Reimocerous

    I like that this should keep him on the big club and stop the bouncing around. Stability. Consistency. Good stuff.

  • wendelsway1

    Very happy with this deal….Holland’s gonna be a good one IMO

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Signing them for cheap. Good moves.

  • skiingallday

    I like this. Lets see how this plays out. Got a nice cheap bottom 6 going. Finally starting to look like the “good” teams that don’t  throw exorbitant amounts of money at a mediocre player.

  • Yaknowwhat

    Holland you greedy bastard!!! haaaa just kidding… good deal…

  • Yaknowwhat

    Holland at 775k…or  Bolland for about 7 times that amount?

  • dlb Mad

    skiingallday 
    yup
    let the role players work hard to keep their jobs and try to move up to more prominent roles.  spend money on the game breakers.  we have CAP space to make an important acquisition, if an opportunity presents itself.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    AP = the next Bob McKenzie

  • TheGroobster

    Alec Brownscombe can we start calling him bobo?

  • Yaknowwhat

    TheGroobster Alec Brownscombe  Fat head?

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Alec Brownscombe Geez, Bobo is amazing at what he does. But why are we selling AP short?. Why can’t AP be the next AP.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Yaknowwhat he… in a way took a discount!

  • Pent_House

    dlb Mad skiingallday and for Kadri and Bernier next year

  • dlb Mad

    Yaknowwhat 
    fatface
    fuckface
    dicknose
    need an endearing name for him

  • dlb Mad

    Pent_House
    that’s right.
    pay the guys who earn it.  let the others compete with fresh legs for the scraps.  keep em hungry.

  • Pent_House

    I’m still not use to checking the bottom half of capgeek for Toronto

  • Burtonboy

    A bottom six of Komarov, Kontiola, Clarkson, Ashton, Holland, Santa / Frattin is more then just a little bit interesting to say the least .

  • Walter_White

    Burtonboy No kidding. Lots of different potential combos.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Burtonboy

    Vs.

    McClement, Kulemin, McLaren, Orr, Smithson, Smith, Bodie/11 forwards.

  • skiingallday

    Anthony Petrielli Burtonboy yeezus that’s a huge improvement….

  • dlb Mad

    skiingallday
    not “rearranging deck chairs”?

  • wendelsway1

    dlb Mad skiingallday Lol…No Sir!

  • Pent_House

    Anthony Petrielli Burtonboy D is real different quietly as well. After Ph9 the most expensive contract is Robidas at 3M. I doubt Gardiner gets more than that. 

    Leafs slowly getting the system of being firm with RFAs, setting precedence, and then paying the guys who are worth paying come UFA time. 

    Most importantly Raymond and Ranger are gone and Komarov is back :)

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Pent_House Anthony Petrielli Burtonboy A healthy Robidas is still really damn good. Not sure people get that.

  • skiingallday

    dlb Mad skiingallday more like trading card table chairs for musoka chairs.

  • Optimustic

    Ze_theLeafsFan Yaknowwhat That’s how I read it too,   he could have had more per year, but opted for less for two years.  Looks like he’s not afraid of the market anyway.  (like some lesser quality persons)

  • Walter_White

    So Demers just signed for 2 years 3.4 per. Seems like the closest comparable for Franson out there based on age, points, etc.

  • mcloki

    Ze_theLeafsFan Alec Brownscombe Best suggestion yet.

  • Burtonboy

    Anthony Petrielli Pent_House Burtonboy I keep hearing he’s a fitness nut as well. If he comes close to what he’s done in the past that might turn out to be the best signing of the off season for us

  • TML__fan

    I’m assuming Santorelli plays wing and Kontiola and Holland are 3C & 4C.

  • Pent_House

    Besides Arb Cases, who will probably be traded anyway, just Abbott and Gardiner left.  I say Abbott 675K on 1-way and Gardiner 2.7M

  • Walter_White

    Pent_House Abbott signed already. It was on Twitter yesterday or the day before.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Burtonboy Anthony Petrielli Pent_House Top 4 D for $3M.

  • Xxxxxnew

    We love our minimum-wage Leaf employees.

  • Burtonboy

    Walter_White Pent_House I posted that but I’ve heard nothing from any other source since . It came from Adam Nightingale so I’m not even sure now how reliable that is 
    https://twitter.com/ANight92 · https://twitter.com/ANight92/status/488767179735568384
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leafs?src=hash re-sign RFA Spencer Abbott to a 1 year deal.

  • mcloki

    So I’d really like to hear from the peanut gallery on the totality of this Holland transaction.
    He’s a high draft pick that was gotten for a 2nd and Blacker, whom I liked.
    At a time when the Leafs were desperate for a center. 

    And now Nonis signs him for 775K  a year. 

    I’m thinking brilliant. But I have no idea of Hollands upside potential.

  • Pent_House

    Burtonboy Walter_White Pent_House

    Until I see a credible source or It’s on the Leafs News page I’m not counting this tweet.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/489504100363816960

  • Walter_White

    Burtonboy Walter_White Pent_House Hmmm…

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Quote is from Shanny

  • Mcost61

    Anthony Petrielli  Meaning he is not a good coach now…footsteps Randy

  • Burtonboy

    Pent_House Burtonboy Walter_White Yeah I had expected to hear it from other sources and was kinda surprised that we didn’t . Why would he even tweet something like that if it wasn’t true.

  • Burtonboy

    mcloki He was brilliant in the AHL playoffs IMO. Best player night in night out and by a wide margin on most nights

  • Anthony Petrielli

    https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/489504715030659073

  • Pent_House

    Burtonboy Pent_House Walter_White

    Leafs headlines page has a posting for Devane signing so I’m sure if Abbott signed they’d have one as well

  • Pent_House

    Burtonboy Pent_House Walter_White

    Leafs headlines page has a posting for Devane signing so I’m sure if Abbott signed they’d have one as well

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Burtonboy Pent_House Walter_White https://twitter.com/TorontoMarlies/status/362995851569807361