Forward Peter Holland did not accompany the Toronto Maple Leafs on their upcoming three-game road trip, and it seems as if the team is going to work to find a trade partner to give him a fresh start somewhere else.
Holland and his agent, Joe Resnick, recently met with Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello and according to multiple reports, including TSN’s Darren Dreger and The Toronto Sun‘s Terry Koshan, the outcome of that meeting is Holland’s future with the team “is limited” and they are going to work to trade the 26-year-old forward.
Holland has been with the team since the middle of the 2013-14 season and has been fairly consistent in his production during that time, recording 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) last season in 65 games. That came after a 25 point (11 goal, 14 assist) performance in 62 games the year before.
His production was enough to get him a one-year contract with the team over the summer as a restricted free agent.
Since since that deal, however, he has appeared in just eight games this season and averaged just a little more than 10 minutes of ice-time when he has played. He has yet to score a goal and has recorded just one assist.
His contract pays him $1.3 million for this season.
Given that he is probably best served as a third or fourth liner and really hasn’t played that much this season the return for him in any potential trade would not be a significant one. Still, there are a lot of teams in the NHL that could do worse than a potential 30-point guy skating somewhere in their bottom-six. He will be eligible for restricted free agency again after this season.