Toronto Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland has been out of the lineup since he suffered a nasty injury on Nov. 2 when he has a tendon severed in his left ankle, but the first-year Leafs’ could return to the ice before the Olympic break.
Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle said there is a 50-50 chance Bolland will return before the 16-day break for the Sochi Olympics, according to the Toronto Sun.
“He looks like he’s moving quite freely out there. For the better part of the skates, he doesn’t seem to be affected by it,” Carlyle said. “But it’s a dramatic injury. It’s a difficult place to heal. It takes time. We’re asking a guy to do something and his body is telling him another thing. It will be a pain issue for him.”
After being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in a draft day trade, Bolland has only been able to play 15 games but when on the ice he has been effective as he has six goals and four assists in those games.
There is also reason for optimism with David Clarkson who has missed the last six games with a split elbow, but after practicing on Thursday felt better but still has work to do before feeling comfortable.
“I felt better today,” said Clarkson. “I think we’ll see how it feels tomorrow. I still can’t do some things until I get [stitches and staples] out.”
The Maple Leafs are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 64 points after 56 games played and should be getting some reinforcements back sooner rather than later.