Will this story ever end? The Dave Bolland injury saga with the Toronto Maple Leafs just continues to get longer.
First, there was a slight chance that he could play before the Olympic Break. That didn’t happen. Then he was set to return in the first game after the Olympics. That didn’t happen. Then he was supposed to return against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. That, again, did not happen. So, tomorrow night when the Leafs face the Columbus Blue Jackets, guess what will happen.
Dave Alter of Sportsnet The Fan 590 tells you.
Well, that’s another game that Bolland will miss. In total, he has missed all but 15 games this season with an ankle injury that was suffered in the Leafs first game in November. In those fifteen games, Bolland was contributing to the Leafs lineup on a regular basis with six goals and four assists for a total of ten points. Two of his goals were game-winners.
The length of time that Bolland has been out will really impact how his contract talks with the Leafs go. I don’t see the Leafs giving him a seven- or eight-year deal, that Bolland has supposedly asked for in talks. Bolland is historically an injury-prone player and the Leafs cannot afford to re-sign a player long-term when he might be injured for the majority of it.
That doesn’t mean the Leafs shouldn’t re-sign Bolland. The Leafs just need to be careful with how they handle this.
Bolland can still be a valuable member of the Leafs and hopefully he can be that again this season.