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Leafs, Bolland remain ‘significantly apart’ on new deal

Apr 3, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

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According to Dave Bolland‘s agent, zero has changed on the contract front with Toronto.

“Nothing is happening right now,” Anton Thun explained, per the Toronto Sun. “We exchanged proposals prior to the Olympics and we were significantly apart.”

Bolland, 27, is in the final of a five-year, $16.8 million deal (with a $3.375 million annual hit) originally signed with Chicago. A pending UFA, his contractual status is one of the most complex heading into the summer given all that’s transpired over the last year — Bolland scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the ‘Hawks in June, was dealt to Toronto a short while later, started extremely well for the Leafs (10 points in his first 12 games), then suffered a lacerated Achilles that sidelined him for a whopping 56 games.

So yeah, lots of plot twists.

All of this leaves both Toronto and Bolland in a bit of a muddle. Reports claim Thun’s tabled a proposal that would pay Bolland $5 million annually (or $40 million over seven or eight years), figures the Leafs were reportedly struggling with.

Thun said he hasn’t spoken with the Leafs since early February. That’s key, because the landscape in Toronto has shifted significantly since then — at the time, Bolland’s pending return was pegged by many as a potentially huge boost to a playoff-bound team; instead, he’s been limited in his return (two points in six games, only playing more than 12 minutes once) and Toronto has gone in the tank, now needing help just to make the postseason.

  1. bcsteele - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Next big free agent to be overpaid….he and Vanek are going to make a killing.

    • michemai - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      At least Vanek is good. Bolland may be the most overrated player in the nhl.

  2. bsaures - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    This is the problem when guys want big raises after each contract. Bolland is worth around 3.5 million as a fringe 2nd line centre but more likely a 3rd line one on a contending team, He is solid defensively but over this year and last years reg season and playoffs he only had 32 points in 74 games and coming off a major injury that may never allow him to reach the same speeds as before. Anything more is a overpayment

  3. earpaniac - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Your comment is exactly the one I’d make BSAURES. With one addition- Someone WILL give him that. If he could ever stay healthy, he might be worth it to the right team. A playoff team, but one that just needs a little more.

  4. wjarvis - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I don’t know how you offer him a 7 or 8 year deal, he’s always dealing with some sort of injury. Also $5 million seems like a lot to me, in fact the $3.375 million almost seemed like too much. I was surprised the Hawks could trade him because of that cap hit.

    He’s a very good 3rd line center, but he didn’t make it as a second line center on the Hawks when his wingers usually included some combination of Kane, Sharp, Hossa, and Saad.

  5. jpat2424 - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I like bolland but he’s not worth that kind of money or the years.

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