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Why did the Leafs send down Peter Holland?

Jan 8, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

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A few eyebrows were raised today in Toronto when the Maple Leafs called up forward Carter Ashton from the AHL Marlies and sent down forward Peter Holland.

Yes, Ashton was playing well in the minors, but it’s not like Holland had been a disaster in the NHL. In fact, the 22-year-old has nine points (5G, 4A) in 22 games for the Leafs.

Then again, if the coach doesn’t play a player, there’s not much point in keeping the player around. In Holland’s last three games, Randy Carlyle had played him for 3:44, 8:52, and 4:30.

Of course, there’s another factor to consider here. If Holland plays 25 games for the Leafs this season, the 2014 third-round pick Toronto gave the Ducks to get him in November becomes a second-rounder.

Still, these were some interesting tweets from Sportsnet 590 radio host Greg Brady:

Fun times in Toronto, as always.

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  1. dhawks19 - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    The Leafs are just a mess. They’re inconsistent, Their management can’t agree, Clarkson is a disaster, They should be winning with the talent they have but aren’t

    • withseidelinn - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Does 21-18-5 look like a mess to you?

      • peterjohnjoseph - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        Dude, come on… The team is a mess in every sense of the word. Sure there are wins for a team that SHOULD be getting them, but thats also while getting outshot every game. Add in what goes on behind the scenes and you have a mess that I wouldn’t clean with your hands.

      • esracerx46 - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        21 wins- 23 losses.

      • durrsaster - Jan 9, 2014 at 1:24 AM

        Only 5 wins in OT/Reg in the past 30 games. And 7 of the teams 21 wins are from SO. So unfortunately, yes the Leafs are a mess at the moment.

  2. leafs2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    %100 R3 pick to R2 is the reason! You think Carlyle wants to give Bob Murray an better pick after how he fired him?!

    • Mark - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      The only reason it was about R3 vs R2 is because it would be stupid to give up a second round pick when the [i]brilliant[/i] coach decides to play Holland 4-5 minutes a game. If he was playing 15 or more like he should, than giving up a second rounder wouldn’t be the end of the world.

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