2013 draft day was when the news broke of Dave Bolland being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a relief to many of us fans. He wouldn't be THE solution but would be a great help in solving the lack of center men depth since we lost Mats Sundin. We saw the potential of Kadri taking over the first line center, he isn't the towering centreman we envisioned, but after last years dominant lockout shortened season, putting up 18 goals and 26 assists for 44 points in 48 games played the potential was there for him to fill the spot. With Bozak and Bolland taking turns in the 2C and 3C spots, McClement locking down the 4th line, we thought we had finally found a good enough group to move forward with. rnrnFast Forward to February 26, 2014 rnrnDave Bolland has missed all but 15 games this season. In those 15 games he built a pretty solid stat line of 6 G, 4 A, +4, 1GWG, 1 PPG, 1 SHG, and a S% of 22.2. rnrnOver a 82 game season that line ends up being 33 G, 22A and a +22. WOW!!rnrnNow in all likelihood....not happening! Dave Bolland is a good centremen but that would top his career high in points, goals and +/-. Which were all set in the 2008-2009 season where Bolland and the Blackhawks went 46-24-12 and made it to the Western Conference Finals. rnrnNow i'm no expert but I would have pegged Bolland to put up a solid but not extraordinary season with a stat line around 20G, 20A, +5. rnrnSo lets get right down to it. rnrnBolland is looking to re-sign with the Leafs...yay! rnHe's looking for 5 Mill a year for 7-8 years....uhh ohhrnrnLike i said early, he is a good hockey player and the Leafs sure could use a player like him on their team. However, at what cost do you lock up a 27 (28 by next season) year old centremen that has similar numbers as the recently resigned Tyler Bozak. The only way I can imagine having Bolland as a Leaf long term is if he matches or takes less than what GM Nonis gave to Bozak last summer. 4.2 Million a year for Bozak, another 4.2 for Bolland. Thats 8.4 Million in Cap Space, Which works out to about 11.8% of our cap space spent on our 2C and 3C. I personally am not too crazy about that thought but who else would Nonis pick up on July 1st? If we can get Bolland on a 2 or 3 year deal, maybe a prospect like Fredrik Gauthier, or another future draft pick will be able to fill the void when his contract is up. In the mean time, unless a trade for a equal or better centreman is available, Nonis is left to negotiate with Bolland. rnrnIn the end Bolland gets resigned to a 6 year contract for 4.25 a season. rnrnP.S. Hope Bolland comes back from his laceration as well as Erik Karlsson did, or the Leafs are in a pickle!rnrnrnThanks for reading guys! Comment below! I'd love the thoughts and comments!! Look for regular blogs once or twice a week!rn
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