Well, the Toronto Maple Leafs have officially been eliminated from playoff contention. While there are still two games left to play in the season, might as well start talking about some of the decisions they will face in the coming off-season.
The position that has often been talked about concerning the Leafs is the center position. While most of it has been about the need for a big No. 1 center, the No. 2 center could be the bigger issue this summer.
Dave Bolland will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and his contract demands could be what keep him from staying in Toronto. Nazem Kadri, on the other hand, is under contract for another year but has been surrounded by trade rumors for the past few years.
Both players futures in Toronto are in doubt. The Leafs will probably have to choose between them before July 1 hits. The question is, which should they keep?
Bolland is the more experienced player and has two Stanley Cups to his credit. He is a leader in the dressing room which is good for a young team such as the Leafs. The problem with Bolland is that he is rather injury-prone.
Kadri is a young player that has loads of potential. The problem is that the Leafs don’t know if Kadri will reach that potential anytime soon. With his contract up after next season and the recent history of young players asking for long-term deals with lots of money that is more paying for potential than for what they have done in the past, the Leafs are in a difficult position.
If you were Dave Nonis, who would you keep? The younger, more offensively-gifted Kadri or the more experienced but injury prone Bolland?