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Bolland, Leafs remain apart in negotiations: agent

Jun 24, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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A contract extension between center Dave Bolland and the Toronto Maple Leafs is “just not coming together,” according to Bolland’s agent, Anton Thun.

Thun provided that update to Sportsnet, adding, “We can’t force the Leafs to accept our terms.”

Bolland, 28, is a pending unrestricted free agent who’s reportedly pursuing a contract worth $5 million per season. The Leafs would like to keep him, but it’s not clear how much they’re willing to pay for the privilege. Similarly, he’d like to stay, but knows he has options.

If it’s not Toronto, Bolland may be a fit with Florida, a team with money to spend, youth to complement with veterans, and a general manager, Dale Tallon, who knows Bolland well from their time together in Chicago.

Related: Bolland wants to be a Leaf for life

  1. jpat2424 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Loved him when he played for hawks. But 5 mil per is way to much.

  2. hosewater2 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Good player, just doesn’t play enough games to make $5 mil. 23 games last year. Not a good bet to play 70+ games.

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Those games Bolland missed last season – absolutely none of it was his fault. There is no way in hell that can be held against him

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    After we got a taste of just how much he can bring to the team last year it would be a shame if that ends up being the entirety of his Leafs career. But yeah, 5mi per is too steep.

  4. withseidelinn - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Not sure why he isn’t interested in a bridge deal for a similar cap hit. 1 or 2 years to prove he can still play at the same level after his injury. Even 1 year with a slight raise based on his early season performance seems fair. Who knows, I can understand a guy wanting long-term security.

  5. garybrian2014 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    He hasn’t really proven he’s worth $5 million. Do the Leafs reall want to take a chance? They’ve already got one guy being way overpaid in David Clarkson. Surely the money can be better spent on immediate needs and with someone they are a little more sure of.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    These solid, 2nd-3rd line players like Bolland and Callahan need to realize they’re not gonna get the money they’re looking for from competitive teams. If Bolland wants to compete for another Cup he needs to realize his value is more in 3.5-4.5 range. And Callahan can’t make more than 5.5-5.8 on a contending team. If they wanna go to the Buffalo’s and Florida’s of the NHL then by all means keep demanding it, but to win a Cup in the salary cap age it takes financial sacrifice from players. Unfortunately for Toronto their GM decided Tyler Bozak (good season, I know) and David Clarkson were worth 4.2+, so of course Bolland is gonna ask that.

  7. jonnyhammersticks - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    The Leafs can blame themselves for this one can’t they? They set the market with Clarkson.

    • dueman - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      The Leafs set the market with Clarkson?? What…did the NHL just start up last year?

      • jonnyhammersticks - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Nope but they gave Bolland a direct comparable on his own team. Bolland has better numbers and is a Stanley Cup winner, just has one less 30 goal season. Hard for him and his agent not to chase that money when it’s staring them in the face.

  8. lakeshoreleafsfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    I’m very disappointed to hear this. Just sign the guy before we actually do lose him. Bolland says he wants to stay with the team; Shanahan says he wants him to stay with the team. Unless this is a negotiation tactic, just sign the guy

  9. hockeydon10 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    I might normally seem like a staring contest except for the fact that the Bolland team made the first move in setting their asking price. Typically, when negotiating something like this one should always start high. That way if the team comes back with something around 3.75M with a partial NMC (say 4 year contract, no movement for two years, limited for two years) they have room to meet somewhere in the middle.

    If the two sides are saying they’re too far apart and no movement is happening it might lead people to believe the Leafs low-balled the player so bad that it’s borderline insulting to expect the player to come toward the team’s number.

    Especially when he does have that direct comparable on the team he just played for.

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      *It might normally seem

      [derp]

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