If Dave Bolland truly wants the large amount of money in a new contract that has been suggested, he might have to look elsewhere. Why? Well, according to the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons, he won’t be getting it from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Simmons wrote in his regular Sunday column that the Leafs don’t want to pay Bolland more than the $4.2 million they are paying Tyler Bozak. Probably a smart move with the players they have in the pipeline.
The Leafs depth chart at center as of right now looks like this: Bozak, Bolland, Nazem Kadri and Jay McClement. Bolland and McClement are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1. Simmons also notes the the Leafs should re-sign McClement but only if he takes a pay-cut from the $1.5 million he made this season.
The Leafs also have Peter Holland, who with his performances with both the Leafs and the Toronto Marlies should have a spot on the Leafs roster next season. You also have to consider Frederik Gauthier, a center who projects to be Bolland-like, should be ready for the NHL by the 2015-16 season.
The Leafs will probably kick the tires on Paul Stastny, should he reach UFA status. That will pretty much all they can do if they re-sign Bolland at any more than he made in his last contract. Signing Bolland, in my opinion, also pretty much seals the fate of Kadri as he would probably be traded.
Should the Toronto Maple Leafs re-sign Bolland or should they let him walk after only one season with his home-town team? We’ll find out in the coming months.