The Toronto Maple Leafs are that much closer to getting Dave Bolland back in the lineup.
Bolland, who’s been out since Nov. 2 with a severed ankle tendon, took part in Maple Leafs practice on Thursday, as the Toronto Star shares. While Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk are still away at the Olympics, Bolland skated on what would be the Leafs’ third line with Mason Raymond and Troy Bodie.
Seeing Bolland on the ice with the team isn’t exactly new, but taking part in a full practice is. He’s been skating with the team since January, and even toyed with the possibility of returning before the break, but his ankle wasn’t game-ready.
The possibility of seeing Bolland in the lineup when the Leafs return to action on Feb. 27 on Long Island is very real.
Colorado Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay won’t see the ice again this season.
The team announced Tanguay will miss the remainder of the season after he undergoes hip surgery on Friday. Tanguay’s season has been hampered by injury all season and coach Patrick Roy says the source of his hip problem was from a previous ailment.
“He’s going to have surgery tomorrow on his hip, but the reason why he is out is for the knee,” said Roy after Thursday’s practice. “The knee isn’t doing better. I guess it’s a mix of the hip and the knee.”
Tanguay injured his knee on Nov. 2 and returned from that on Jan. 24. After three games, he had to sit out again because of the ailing hip that needs surgery.
Roy added that they hoped his hip would improve over time and they wouldn’t need to operate. That wasn’t the case, however, but if there’s any kind of upside out of this it’s that the Avs have been dealing without Tanguay for most of the season.
As for what this means next for the Avs, Adrian Dater of The Denver Post says it likely takes P.A. Parenteau’s name off the trade block. The team had reportedly been trying to move him, including a rumored deal with Montreal that involved Rene Bourque.
The Washington Capitals’ ailing defense will get some help in the near future and not necessarily via the trade market.
Blue liner Mike Green, who has been out with a concussion, passed his neurological exams and was cleared for contact. As Katie Carrera of The Washington Post shares, he’s anxious to return to action.
“I feel good. The break couldn’t come at a better time,” Green said. “It’s just a matter of skating here, I didn’t skate much before.”
Green missed the final five games before the Olympic break with the head injury. Washington’s defense corps was worse for the wear with him out as they used youngster Patrick Wey, journeyman Julien Brouillette and rookie Connor Carrick in his stead.
In the Caps’ final game before the break, Brouillette scored a goal and Wey had an assist in a 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils. That made for a nice stop-gap, but Green’s eventual return will give them a big lift.