Could the Leafs go after Vinny Prospal?
The Leafs also don’t have many other options at the moment. With Trevor Smith already with the big club, the Toronto Marlies are having issues at centre of their own, and only 34-year-old grinder Jerred Smithson has much NHL experience.
The other alternative would be to sign a player like veteran free agent Vinny Prospal, although the Leafs cap situation is incredibly tight and made more difficult by all of the injuries up front.
Placing Bolland on long-term injured reserve will temporarily open some room for GM Dave Nonis to fill out the lineup, but the Leafs would then have to get back under the cap when he’s ready to return.