Plugging a short-term hole at centre

Cam Charron
November 04 2013 01:28AM

The timeline for David Bolland's injury could range anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Erik Karlsson missed 31 games when his left achilles was lacerated last season on a similar play to the one that felled Bolland in Vancouver. Other recent examples are Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa missing 27 games to a leg laceration in 2009-2010, and Carolina's Cam Ward missing 13 games in the same season.

We haven't been updated yet on the severity of the injury, but it's probably a foregone conclusion that Bolland will be put on the long-term injured reserve shortly. That would keep him out until at least November 29th against Buffalo, but that's an optimistic date to circle on the calendar given how serious the injury looked at the time and the immediacy of the surgery. Bolland couldn't put any weight on his leg being taken off the ice.

So what to do at centre? Tyler Bozak is out for at least six more contests so the team is down to just Jay McClement, Nazem Kadri, and Trevor Smith.

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LFR7 - Game 15 - Boll'd Over - Tor 0, Van 4

Steve Dangle
November 03 2013 04:46PM

Worst game of the season? Dave Bolland's out? WHY DID THEY GO TO VANCOUVER???

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - November 3, 2013 - Oh snap, David Alter!

Steve Dangle
November 03 2013 03:20PM



On the new episode of the Steve Dangle Podcast, Sportsnet 590 the Fan Leafs reporter David Alter joins the show for a second time, and the first time since the Nazem Kadri Twitter incident. We talk all things Leafs, including what the hell they do with Dave Bolland out of the lineup, and other funny stories.

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Leafs postgame - Leafs lose composure, David Bolland, and 4-0 game in Vancouver

Cam Charron
November 02 2013 08:43PM

Well, that wasn't a particularly good outing, but I have to imagine that at the end of the season when we're looking over times when we could have expected more out of the Maple Leafs, we won't be pointing at this recent road trip. The Maple Leafs took two of three games, and you can blame the West Coast game, or the long ceremony, or whatever, but in the end the effort the Leafs showed against the Vancouver Canucks was inexcusable. Both teams played in the same conditions on the same rink.

Remember, the last time the Maple Leafs laid an egg on national television on a Saturday night, Toronto came back and won three straight four out of five. The sun will rise in the East tomorrow, the sky is still up in the sky, and the Leafs are still 10-5. While the game was disappointing on a number of levels, probably the only real regrettable thing is that the Leafs may have lost David Bolland for a significant amount of time on an unfortunate hit in the corner.

The final was 4-0 for Vancouver, despite James Reimer's best efforts.

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Nikolai Kulemin activated and Tyler Bozak placed on long-term IR

Cam Charron
November 02 2013 02:45PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs officially activated Nikolai Kulemin from injured reserve today, meaning the team was going to have to make a roster move to be salary cap compliant. That move is to put Tyler Bozak retroactively on the injured reserve, which, according to David Alter, means Bozak won't be eligible to return until November 21 against Nashville.

Bozak is a bit of a divisive player around here, but generally it's accepted that he's not an optimal first line centreman in the National Hockey League and not an optimal linemate for star wingers Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk.

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