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Update: Bolland leaves arena in stretcher, will need surgery

Nov 2, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

Toronto Maple Leafs fans were holding out hope for good news regarding Dave Bolland, but they won’t get it on a tough Saturday. The 27-year-old forward left Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on a stretcher and will need surgery on a lacerated leg, TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports.

Canucks forward Zack Kassian accidentally cut Bolland in a way many compared to Matt Cooke‘s hit on Erik Karlsson from last season:

For a little more perspective, this post lays out some details.

The short version is that the Leafs face a worrisome situation in center, as Bolland will obviously be out for a while and Tyler Bozak was placed on the LTIR today.

Tough news, especially on a night in which Toronto lost 4-0 and put together what head coach Randy Carlyle called the Leafs’ worst effort of 2013-14.

  1. claudegirwho - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Oh man I think after he falls and looks back at his foot he’s wondering why it isn’t moving like he’s trying to do

    • kaptaanamerica - Nov 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Too bad about Boland. Hope he’s okay. The Canucks thoroughly dominated the game from a to z. The leafs couldn’t do anything. The only reason it wasn’t like 10 or 20 to zero was Reiner. Goaltending will only get you so far when you get outshot by double all the time. Torts has the Canucks playing a great style that is exciting and entertaining.his style that is being played is a breath of fresh air. Canucks keep getting better and better as the season goes on. Contributions are coming from all over the ice.

  2. hammerhead5573 - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    From BlackHawk fans everywhere, good luck to Bolland. Never under estimate his importance to his team.

  3. alexbaymac - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Oh that’s not good. Bolly’s a great guy; I hope he heals fast.

  4. gregman98 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Haw Haw! I`m crying a tear for Laffs fans.

    Try getting out-shot and winning minus the dirty-player on your team.

    • pxland - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      Well, that was particularly douche-y.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      I’ve heard him called a lot of things, but “dirty” hasn’t been one of them.

      Sounds like the butt-hurt is strong with you.

  5. jpat2424 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Go figure another scumbag no name from Vancouver hurting a stand up hard nosed player.

    • micasa81 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      “a stand up hard nosed player” – Well, you’re good for a laugh anyway. Take off dem Boston or Chicago goggles and have another look.

      I do hope Bolland isn’t seriously hurt. Also, I’ve never understood why play continues when a player is clearly incapacitated.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:45 AM

        I could be wrong here so anybody feel free to correct me, but they do it as to prevent players from faking injuries just to end the play and help their team by getting a new faceoff. In this situation, Vancouver had clear possession of the puck. It seems to be that unless it is a head injury, the refs will continue to let the teams go until the injured players team regains clear possession of the puck. If they whistle the play dead because Bolland is down than what happens when it’s not a serious injury, then they have to redo the faceoff and Vancouver loses it and Tornto turns it over for a goal down at the other end? In this situation it’s clear that Bolland isn’t faking, but if they started whistling the play dead any time a guy went down you’d start getting a lot more embellishment.

      • micasa81 - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        Yeah, the risk of increased faking is certainly a problem. It would have to be up to the ref’s discretion, and I don’t think either they or the fans are interested in them having that responsibility. I’m just trying to put myself in a TO fan’s shoes (and I’ve been there before), and it does seem infuriating that one of your players can be well and truly out – can’t help on the play, can’t get off the ice – and yet play is allowed to continue and you get scored on.

  6. slobberface - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    pwahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!Screw the rat.

    • dueman - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Hey look everybody…another douche bag in the house! ^^^

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      At least you lived up to your nickname.

  7. steelcity333 - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Hopefully Bolland will be alright but where’s Eugene Melnyk? Lets see if he starts crying about this one.

  8. marksopinioncorner - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I’m amazed at that Canuck,Red Wing, and Bruins fans can write 3 words in a row to trash Bolly…to quote Patrick Roy to Jeremy Roenick in 1995…Sorry, he cant hear you…he has two Stanley Cup rings in his ears…Get well Bolly…Hockey will miss you…We need players like David Bolland in this league!

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