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Bolland wants to be a Leaf for life

May 27, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT

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“I want to be a Leaf until my career is done.”

That was Dave Bolland this morning on Sportsnet 590 the Fan in Toronto. A pending unrestricted free agent, the 27-year-old forward is coming off a frustrating season in which injuries limited him to just 23 games.

Bolland knows he has “options” and the freedom to “shop around,” but at the same time, “for myself I want to get something done here (with the Leafs).”

The Leafs would similarly like to get something done; however, it’s not clear what price they’re willing to pay. Bolland is one of the few experienced NHL centers under the age of 30 that can test unrestricted free agency this summer. After Colorado’s Paul Stastny, he’s arguably the most coveted in that category.

Bottom line: if Bolland really does want to stay in Toronto for the rest of his career, he may have to take a hometown discount.

  1. j22j - May 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    I hope he resigns, he is not a part of the problem in Leafland, he is part of the solution.

    • mistercue62 - May 28, 2014 at 1:36 AM

      It”s “re-signs”, actually. Scared the hell out of me at first glance to see the level of fan support a comment calling for Dave Bolland’s resignation had acquired in such a short period of time!

  2. govtminion - May 27, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    If this were any other team in the league, this would be a no-brainer. He wants to stay, the team wants- and needs- for him to stay, so get a deal done.

    But… this is Toronto, so call it a 50/50 shot at actually turning out right. Even Leafs fans would have to admit that the track record of getting things right is… questionable. Here’s hoping for Toronto’s sake that they get it done- otherwise Bolland is going to make some team very happy next season. Even as a Bruins fan I’ve got a lot of respect for what he brings that team.

  3. thatguytml92 - May 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Leafs gotta keep bolland, gave up a lot for him, simply switch kadri to the right wing spot so our second line would be lupul bolland and kadri,

  4. tgd1976 - May 27, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    I hope the Leafs can get him signed, but it will have to be for less than the $5 million/year that he is supposedly asking for, unless the Leafs can get someone to take one of their big contracts.

  5. slysipops - May 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    come back to the BLACKHAWKS !!!! we’ll send them VERSTEEG & HANZUS & MONEY !

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