Holland has just come off injured reserve from a problem that came from a lace bite. This could just be a conditioning stint but with the way the Maple Leafs roster is shaping up, he could be down there for the rest of the NHL season.
This demotion could be a definite sign that Dave Bolland is ready to return from his ankle injury, suffered at the beginning of November. The Leafs will have to send down at least one more player to get back down to the 23-man roster limit before the NHL resumes business. That player is most likely to be Carter Ashton.
After being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks earlier this season, Holland has played well when given the chance to play on one of the Leaf’ offensive lines. In 31 games with the Leafs, Holland has 5 goals and 5 assist for 10 points.
Lately however, Holland has been pushed down the depth chart. Obviously for a player like Holland, playing down in the AHL where he can get a lot of ice time is a lot better that sitting on the fourth line playing less than five minutes a game.
Holland has given the Leafs an excellent option for the future. Bolland, while valuable to the Leafs right now, could leave as an unrestricted free agent this summer. Holland could then come back and replace him. Jay McClement is also a UFA on July 1. This gives Holland another possible chance to get back into the Leafs’ lineup.