Peter Holland’s injury has kept him out of the lineup since the game against the Ottawa Senators on February 1. His injury is severe ‘lace bite’, which is described as tendon inflammation on the top of the foot. With the two week Olympic break now beginning, hopefully it will provide Holland with the time he needs to recover. Nikolai Kulemin has played center on the third line during the past two games, slotting in where Holland would normally play. Kulemin is not a natural centerman but hasn’t looked bad on a line between Mason Raymond and Troy Bodie.
Carter Ashton has been out since February 1 with a hand injury, and was placed on injured reserve in order to open up a roster spot for Clarkson’s return. Randy Carlyle said that Ashton was a “question mark” to play against the Sens on February 1, yet he has missed the last four games. There is uncertainty as to when Ashton will return to the lineup.
Bolland, since suffering a severed tendon on November 2 against the Vancouver Canucks, is continuing to progress and get more comfortable on the ice. It seems as though we will be seeing Bolland in game action as soon as the Leafs return from the Olympic break, as reported by Carlyle. The next two weeks will be a good opportunity for Bolland to make sure he is comfortable enough to return in the best shape possible after the break.
Trevor Smith, since recovering from his hand injury that had kept him out of the lineup since mid-December, has suffered an undisclosed injury in the weight room during a post-practise workout. Smith has been skating, which is a good sign that he could be ready to return soon. Hopefully the Olympic break will provide Smith with enough time to fully recover and be ready to return to the lineup.
Jay McClement, who left last night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks after falling awkwardly into the boards, seems as though he doesn’t have any serious injuries. Carlyle said that he had a gash over his eye and spent some time in the quiet room. It seems as though he will be ready to play when the Leafs return after the Olympic break.