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Bernier and Bolland practice, but status remains unclear

Mar 21, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

Colton Orr, Roberto Luongo AP

Goalie Jonathan Bernier (groin) and center Dave Bolland (ankle) are potential returnees for the Maple Leafs this weekend.

The key word there is “potential,” because there were no guarantees from coach Randy Carlyle after both players practiced today.

With four losses in its last five — a stretch that’s come with talk of another epic collapse — Toronto hosts Montreal Saturday and is in New Jersey to play the Devils Sunday.

While Bernier was only recently forced out of the lineup, Bolland hasn’t played since Nov. 2, when he severed a tendon on the outside of his ankle during a game in Vancouver.

At the time Bolland was hurt, he had six goals and four assists in 15 games. His extended absence has often been cited by management when the Leafs have struggled.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Leafs fan here. My kid brother is a Hawks fan. We both miss Bolland.

  2. garybrian - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Why give this guy so much credit? He started off good but whose to day it would have continued. Let’s talk more about the defence that doesn’t seem up to the task and haven’t all season. Is it the players or is it the coaching? Or both?

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