Dave Bolland, barring any setbacks, will make his return to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup this week. There’s been a lot of speculation floating around regarding a possible contract extension for Bolland, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Darren Dreger reported yesterday that Bolland is looking for around $5-million per season on a long-term deal. Does a deal like that make sense for the Leafs? Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation doesn’t think so.
The Toronto Marlies are poised for a deep playoff run as they sit first in the AHL’s North Division. They’re likely to get some reinforcements in Trevor Smith and Carter Ashton back soon as well. The Leafs could very well make a trade before the March 5 deadline, and it could very well affect the Marlies. But, as Kyle Cicerella writes, head coach Steve Spott is doing all he can to keep is young charges focused during the stretch drive.
Ales Hemsky is likely to be moved by the Edmonton Oilers before the deadline. Is he still a player worth pursuing by a contender? Tyler Dellow takes a look at the veteran forward’s numbers over the past few years.
In other news, the New York Islanders are probably going to be major sellers at the deadline, with Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald the most likely names to be included in a fire sale. What kind of return could the Isles get for these two pending UFAs? Dominik of Lighthouse Hockey attempts to answer that question.
Lastly, another name being bandied about in trade rumours is the Calgary Flames’ Mike Cammalleri. Flames President Brian Burke said on the radio yesterday that he has already offered Cammalleri a contract extension. Aaron Vickers of NHL.com has more on that story, including quotes from Burke and Cammalleri.