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Bolland’s play a huge boon to Maple Leafs success

Oct 27, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

Dave Bolland; Sidney Crosby AP

When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for Dave Bolland over the summer, not many people thought they were getting as good of a player as he’s been early on this season.

Through 12 games, Bolland has 10 points including six goals. On top of that he’s often been matching up against the opponents’ top centers, as was the case in the Maple Leafs’ 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle told reporters following last night’s game, as Chris Johnston of Sportsnet shares, he’s been invaluable so far.

“He’s been everything that we’ve asked,” Carlyle gushed when asked about Bolland. “He’s a model for our younger players.”

Further to that, Carlyle holds Bolland up as an example to other players on how to prepare correctly for games.

While Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk pile up the points, Bolland is doing that and working his defensive game to the tune of playing over 20 minutes a game. Maybe buying out Mikhail Grabovski was the right move for Toronto after all.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    He was traded, not signed. His contract is up after this season and it’s looking like the Leafs are going to have to find some way to pay him once that happens.

  2. blackhawks2010 - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Great to see Bolland tearing it up!

  3. guitarhunterdude - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    “Maybe buying out Mikhail Grabovski was the right move for Toronto after all.”

    I’m sorry, but no. Just….no. Bolland can’t be expected to keep this up all year, and Grabovski is light years ahead of Bozak. The Grabbo-Bozak mess-up is still a debacle, as far as I’m concerned.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      That’s the thing…

      Bolland isn’t expected to produce at this level, but is. Grabovski WAS expected to produce at this level but didn’t. It’s the difference between a proven champion and a whiner.

      Bozak and Grabo decisions had nothing to do with each other. Grabo was bought out to make room for Kadri, Franson, Fraser, Bernier, etc… Way more important players than a 3rd line center who has no business being on a 3rd line in the first place and is too busy sulking about his ice time rather than trying to play better to earn the ice time he wants. If the Leafs kept Grabo over Bozak there would be no one to take faceoffs. Bozak has been one of the best face off guys in the NHL for the last few years.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Big question is Dave’s health. He was not healthy the last two years with the Hawks and it showed – missed games and was not productive. So he actually was fresher at the end than his teammates. So if he came in in good shape and without any injuries lingering, you may be seeing the Dave GB we saw in the prior Hawks Cup year.

        Congrads (loved to see the Leafs beating the over-lauded Pens significantly;)

    • dueman - Oct 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      @guitarhunterdude – Your comment only shows how truly ignorant of the sport of hokey you are!

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