Could the Leafs trade Bolland?

In Toronto, Dave┬áBolland is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. How are negotiations going there, and what are the chances he’s still a Maple Leaf on March 6?

Dreger: Well this is going to be a real difficult negotiation for the Toronto Maple Leafs, very similar to the one they had with Tyler┬áBozak creeping up to the trade deadline last year. Of course trading Bolland is an option, it’s believed he wants as much as $5 million, maybe better than $5 million per year to stay with the Leafs to avoid unrestricted free agency. So the Leafs have a tough decision to make, since they would rather pay him in the $4 million range than the $5 million range. So do they hold him, and use him as their own rental and take their chances on trying to sign him? They need to make a hockey deal and not a trade that would include draft picks coming back the other way.

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