Leafs lose Dave Bolland for a long time


Dave Bolland is going into surgery late tonight after taking a skate to the leg while receiving a hit from Zack Kassian in Saturday night’s 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The injury has been described as a deep cut with a partial tendon tear similar to Erik Karlsson’s injury. The exact timeline on this injury can be tough to approximate, but it’s going to be months and dozens of games.

Bolland had six goals and ten points in 15 games while taking on tough assignments for Randy Carlyle. This is a big blow for the Leafs‘ prospects this season, especially in the month of November, with Tyler Bozak already gone for the next few weeks and not a whole lot of options on the depth chart at center.

Dave Nonis, Randy Carlyle and co. will have nearly a week off of games to try to pool their thoughts and figure out how to patch up the situation down the middle. Bozak has been placed on long term injury reserve and cannot return until November 21st at the earliest. As of tonight, the Leafs’ center depth becomes Nazem Kadri – Jay McClement – Trevor Smith – Guy Off the Street (or something).

James van Riemsdyk could be a desperation option as a first line center, as the idea was flirted with last training camp when JvR first arrived. Nonis must also be hitting the phones looking for a decent depth center he could trade for. We’ll know more in the coming days.


Here’s the incident. Dave Nonis said after the game he doesn’t believe there was any intent on Kassian’s part.

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  • wiski

    dirty shit

  • .JVR.

    This fucking sucks!

  • Zep2

    The hockey gods aren’t smiling on the Leafs except for the wins column
    Kadri , McClement , ?. ?
    Kadri was in carlyles doghouse in the 3rd.  Carlyle had lots to choose from.

  • 2minutes

    For fucks sake.  Our dudes are dropping like flies!  This Karlsson was out a looong time.  Hopefully it’s not as bad.

  • Jeff_Mintz

    times like these i miss joe colborne

  • sniperstar

    Well boys. Looks like I better buy a new pair of skates. Leafs are gonna need me 😉

  • UnholyMackinaw

    Yeah. This is awful.

  • HeatherRickAkin

    This is gonna hurt. With Bolland in there, it was centre by committee . Now, no Bolland, no Bozak (and his so so game), and Kadri is looking mighty smallish out there against a nasty team like Vancouver . If the Buds cant make a trade …and I doubt they can…JvR is their only hope . You never know…he is so good, he may be able to handle it. Naz has scored a bit, but he is nowhere near the  cobra he was for 30 games last season. Some rough sledding ahead , methinks.  This may make the team shore up there defensive game , but as a team, they prefer the run and gun . Works ok vs inferior teams …not so much against the likes of Vancouver and Chicago  .

  • BurkiesBigBlue

    Look on the bright side Bolland will be back with 20 or so games left and in the meantime we can plug in some guys from the Marlies. It takes more than one playoff run to build a contender (other than Colorado…too many first round picks, shouldnt be allowed..being rewarded for losing) we need experience and maybe McKegg or Leivo or Broll might get a few more games. Lets enjoy the ride we’re 10 and 5 and we’ve got a string of weak teams coming up and a week off..