The Toronto Maple Leafs have a conundrum on their hands when it comes to center Dave Bolland. Out since early November, Bolland is nearing a return to the Leafs lineup.
The question is whether or not the Leafs can get him signed before the season ends. TSN’s Insider Trading had an update on the situation last night. According to Darren Dreger, there are three options.
Option one is to simply start negotiations with him and hopefully get him signed prior to the season ending. With the way Bolland was playing prior to the injury, this is obviously the most favored option. According to Sportsnet’s Matt Brown, negotiations will start soon.
#Leafs and Dave Bolland expected to start contract talks this weekend when Olympic break starts
— Matt Brown (@mbrownSN590) February 5, 2014
Option two is if the Leafs can’t re-sign him during the season, is to let play out the season like a rental player, as the Leafs would be getting him back around the deadline. They would then hope to sign him prior to free agency beginning.
Option three is the most shocking. Dreger notes that if the Leafs can’t get Bolland’s name on a contract before the deadline, there is a possibility that the Leafs would look into trading him. This is obviously a last-resort scenario and the Leafs would have to get something really good in return in order to deal Bolland.
For all Leaf fans, the hope is that Bolland will sign with the Leafs long-term sooner rather than later. If not, the hole that has been left in the Leafs lineup with his injury will become a permanent one.