Dave Bolland

PHT Morning Skate: Bolland ready to skate this week


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland has been out since November with a sliced tendon. He’s looking to get back on the ice this week. Finally, good news in Toronto. (Toronto Star, NHL.com)

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Everyone was getting a laugh at Patrick Kane scoring on his own net last night, especially his teammates. In case you didn’t notice, the Blackhawks won. (CSNChicago.com)

Alain Vigneault’s explanation for Daniel Carcillo scrapping with the Flyers and an overall feisty game? “Boys will be boys.” (Katie Strang)

The Blues’ line of Vladimir Tarasenko, Vladimir Sobotka, and Patrik Berglund have been getting things done lately. Now they just need a catchy nickname. (Post-Dispatch)

Players who were coached by Paul Maurice in Carolina in 2002 believe he’ll be a good fit for the Jets. (Canadian Press)

Who’s next to pay the price in Winnipeg if the losing persists? The players know it’ll be them. (Winnipeg Sun)

Believe it or not, Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has faith in Jake Gardiner. (Toronto Sun)

Michael Del Zotto would like to stay on the left side, not the right. He’d probably also like to not end up a healthy scratch anymore. (Ranger Rants)

Finally, get ready to have your icy, cold heart melted. The Capitals granted a Make-A-Wish to eight-year-old Branden Neinaber who suffers from a disease similar to cancer. He got to drop the ceremonial first puck between captains Alex Ovechkin and Steve Ott on Sunday and produced this very awesome moment. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

Bolland (severed tendon) out indefinitely after surgery

Dave Bolland

Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland is out indefinitely after having surgery Sunday in Vancouver to repair a severed tendon on the outside of his left ankle, the club announced today.

Bolland suffered the injury in the second period of Saturday’s game versus the Canucks when hit along by the boards by Zack Kassian.

By itself, Bolland’s injury would test Toronto’s depth down the middle. Combine it with the fact center Tyler Bozak has been place on Long-Term Injured Reserve after sustaining what the team is calling a hamstring injury on Oct. 25 versus Columbus, and the Leafs have a big challenge ahead of them.

Toronto’s next game is Friday at home versus the Devils.

Update: Bolland leaves arena in stretcher, will need surgery


Toronto Maple Leafs fans were holding out hope for good news regarding Dave Bolland, but they won’t get it on a tough Saturday. The 27-year-old forward left Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on a stretcher and will need surgery on a lacerated leg, TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports.

Canucks forward Zack Kassian accidentally cut Bolland in a way many compared to Matt Cooke’s hit on Erik Karlsson from last season:

For a little more perspective, this post lays out some details.

The short version is that the Leafs face a worrisome situation in center, as Bolland will obviously be out for a while and Tyler Bozak was placed on the LTIR today.

Tough news, especially on a night in which Toronto lost 4-0 and put together what head coach Randy Carlyle called the Leafs’ worst effort of 2013-14.