Could the Leafs trade Bolland?

In Toronto, Dave Bolland 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 Bozak 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.

24 Responses to Could the Leafs trade Bolland?

  1. doorman says:

    Bolland will not and should not be traded. He needs to be signed, this guy was built for playoff hockey.

    • leafmeister says:

      True, but he also just suffered a pretty bad injury. Who knows how he will bounce back. I’d lean towards keeping him for a playoff run for evaluation, but I’d be pretty hesitant to sign him long term.

  2. leafs_wallace93 says:

    So we’re a team that can’t get centers but we shop and bury Kadri for everytime he misses a defensive assignment (cause 2nd line centers all should be Selke candidates), shit on Bozak even when he’s injured and now we’re trading Bolland because he might cost a million more than we’d ideally like to pay him?

    Great franchise.

  3. doorman says:

    I am not say 8 yrs lets go do it at all costs, but I also don’t believe it is 8 yrs or nothing.. Karlsson just suffered a similar injury and seems good now, so time will tell.

  4. lafleur10 says:

    HI GUYS…. i want to first of all address a very important matter here! i want to give ALL THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FANS ON HERE A VERY HEART FELT APPOLOGY,i’m so sorry for insulting and mocking a cancer suvivor PHIL KESSEL BY REFERING TO HIM AS ONE BALL PHIL! i feel really,really bad and terrible about this …..look i know we all have our favorite teams and players and we all have fun going at it saying this guy is better than this guy and so on….i love come here to the site and i really do enjoy everyone on here you guys are all great guys yeah your leafs fans! lol nobody’s perfect haha.. and i know we’ve all went at it about different topics and i said kessel hasn’t won anything in his career….which isn’t true because he’s won something far,far more important than the stanley cup,olympic gold medal,scoring title etc… he won his battle with cancer that in life is far more important than any award in hockey! guys after i had said that you know i had mentioned to my wife that i didn’t feel right and she asked he what was wrong ,i had explained to her what i had said about phil kessel……well needless to say she wasn’t happy with me as well i told her i was going to come here and do the right thing and have and show some class by giving EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU GUYSN AN APPOLOGY!SO GUYS I’ FROM THE DEEPEST PART OF MY HEART AM TRUELY SORRY THAT I SAID THAT ABOUT PJIL KESSEL! and i promise not to refer to him as one ball phil! look i might not like him because he plays for the leafs but that doesn’t give me the right to say that about him so with my deepest regrets guys i’m very very sorry and i ask you guys for your forgiveness! i love coming here and talking hockey with you guys we all don’t agree on some of goofy trade propsals and stuff but it’s fun debating with you guys! and god know i’ve felt your rath many times,as you guys have felt mine1 you guys are all 1st class guys and i like each and everyone of you! i’m in a minority here because i’m the only habs fan that regularly visits lol i have no allies and i know when i say something it’s like a 5-1 battle lol but i do my best to fight it!So i’m going to try and not ever refer to PHIL KESSEL AS ONE BALL PHIL! another thing that hit home was when i believe it was leafmeister that asked me if i had ever had anybody that was affected by cancer ,my answer to that is yes i have my dad beat prostate cancer! he much like kessel won the most important thing he could tthat was his battle with cancer! so GUYS I’M VERY VERY TRUELY AND DEEPLY SORRY!

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      Dude it’s a hockey site and I’ve said worst just to troll, don’t apologize.

      • lafleur10 says:

        well i don’t think you have said worse it can’t get much worse than mocking a guy with cancer…also it takes alot for a guy to admit that i said was totally wrong.

        • Gambo says:

          Good on ya buddy, cancer isn’t a joke and it was big of you to apologize regardless if it was necessary or not. Hopefully you didn’t have to sleep on the couch for long.

          • lafleur10 says:

            thanks gambo it really means alot …….. i didn’t have to sleep on the couch for long! lol but i realized i was wrong and way off base and i hurt people on here you guys that i care about very much like i said i like all of you guys,you guys are all 1st class guys …if i can laugh for a bit you guys are leafs fans…. haha but like i said nobody’s perfect! but man i truly am sorry don’t bash me too hard if i say kessel isn’t that good or something lol but i won’t ever refer to him as on ball !

    • leafmeister says:

      Don’t sweat it. May he who is without sin cast the first stone.

      Other than that Rangers fan who posts the odd time you are the only non-Leafs fan, so its nice to have some dissenting views, as inarticulate as they may be.

      • lafleur10 says:

        LEAFMEISTER,thanks man i deeply appreciate it i know that my articlate skills aren’t good but i try to get my point(s) across i’ll work on that too i will say this you guys can sure fight and defend your team and players if the leafs had as much as heart and fight in them like you guys have on here they would’ve ended that cup drought!
        like i said in my appology i like all of you guys on here and you guys are all 1st class guys and eventhough i’m in a minority here i like it here and enjoy it !so i will continue my dissing views lol.

    • doorman says:

      I take my hat off to you dude. I know I came down hard, and should say sorry for that. Being as cancer runs deep in my family I probably took it more personally then I should have. Anyway good members is what makes this site my favorite. I just wish more of member posted.

      • lafleur10 says:

        doorman,i really appriecate it too man means alot to me thanks buddy! i was being an ass when i said that about kessel and very insenistive,i mean i cheer for a team that had a cancer survivor too in saku koivu and shouldn’t have made light of kessels condition,plus like i said my dad had prostate cancer and that took a toll on me so like i said man again i’m truely sorry and i didn’t mean to offend you ! but please keep up the fighting spirit that you have but i expect a battle when i tell you keseel isn’t that god! lol man or bernier sucks etc… i’ll try and explain in better detail to get my points across.

    • mapleleafsfan says:

      Good on you.

      • lafleur10 says:

        mapleleafsfan,thanks dude it means alot like i said to gambo,doorman,leafmeister,you guys are 1st class guys and i like all of you guys …yes you and i have had or battles but i know they were in good fun and the heat of the moment your a great blogger and i enjoy your material ……lol your a leafs fan though so nobodys perfect! lol
        thanks for your forgiveness bro,

  5. LN91 says:

    Can you package Bolland for Kesler?

    Or Kadri?

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      Pending UFA who is hated by Canuck fans? Nah.

      Kadri sure but Kadri’s upside makes it an overpayment.

      Package with Bozak as the center piece? Bozak value is high and his contracting is looking really at this instance. Now would be the time to sell high on him.

    • lafleur10 says:

      i wouldn’t trade kadri for kesler i think the leafs lose this trade big time if they did this kadri has more upside than kesler,kesler is a solid player but i think his offensive game is limited … what you see is what you get with him plus kadri is way younger and why take on that contract it’ll cripple the leafs in the long run

  6. lafleur10 says:


    • mapleleafsfan says:

      Wow yea, the blues just got insanely good. I’d definitely put them for my cup favourites now, they have no holes at all.

      I’d imagine they make another move, because with Ott they have Backes, Oshie, Berglund, Roy and Ott all down the middle. That’s some ridiculous depth.

      But yea, defensively that team is going to be impossible to score on. What a solid move. Didn’t even have to give up a blue chipper in Rattie, Allen, Schwartz etc. The first round pick will be really late. Stewart was under-performing. The rest is just noise.

      Thank god we’re in the east! haha

      • lafleur10 says:

        yup true i heard the 1st is in 2015 and the 3rd in 2016 …your right the blues will make another move because that’s alot of depth they’ll add something yet but man does that ever put the pressure on chicago,anaheim,la, to doing something huge because now as you said mapleleafsfan st.louis is going to be very difficult to beat…. also you are bang on as well when you said they didn’t touch there core stawart was a bit ofa surprise only becuse he’s a big body that can score but i heard he wasn’t to popular in the dressing room and was a bit of a shit disturber so i guess he was the odd man out!

        what do you think do the sabres move him too by wednesday and add another 1st rd pick?

        • doorman says:

          Stl will surrender another 1st to the Sabres if they resign Miller from what I understand. That might make me think differently about this trade. I think for how tough the Blues became to play against they sure didn’t give up much. I am not sure why Murray wouldn’t have pushed harder for a prospect as opposed that 1st & 3rd even. I believe they will keep Stewart as I don’t think what they will get for him alone will justify the return

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