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Nonis has no ‘certainty’ on Bolland situation, won’t rule out Reimer return

Jun 26, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

Dave Nonis AP

PHILADELPHIA — Dave Bolland wants to stay in Toronto and play for the Maple Leafs. We knew that already.

We also already knew that the Maple Leafs want to keep Bolland, because he’s “the type of player (they) need.”

So why haven’t the two sides come to an agreement on a new contract for the pending unrestricted free agent center?

“It’s not that we’re not speaking to each other,” Leafs general manager Dave Nonis said Thursday afternoon. “It’s at this point we haven’t been able to find common ground for a deal. … There’s a number and term that we believe is fair, and [Bolland and his agent, Anton Thun] have a different number and different term.

“We still have time to get something done. Whether that happens or not — last year, we were in a similar situation with Tyler Bozak and he ended up signing — whether we get to that or not remains to be seen.”

And if it doesn’t happen? Does Nonis expect to have certainty on the Bolland situation by July 1, so he can go to Plan B as soon as the league-wide bidding frenzy begins?

“Your only Plan B is going to be the players you have under contract,” said Nonis. “Because you don’t know who else you can sign. … The only certainty is the players that are our own.”

Nonis also spoke briefly today about goalie James Reimer, who many expect to be traded before the start of next season.

“[A trade] is a possibility,” admitted Nonis. “The other possibility is to come here and try to start here. … I wouldn’t rule out him coming back.”

Related: Bolland, Leafs remain apart in negotiations: agent

  1. hockeydon10 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Is it just me or does it seem in recent years that the Leafs have been making a habit of low-balling their pending free agents (restricted or unrestricted)?

    • j22j - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      its just you

    • elrock7 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      It is just you. You don’t know what you are talking about. Clarkson, Bozak, Kessel, who did they low-ball?

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      So they definitely don’t low-ball their top end talent. Might as well throw in Phaneuf to that list as well.

      Just seemed like outside of their top guys there is always some drama involved in signing the bottom half of their roster.

  2. puckyou14 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    idk if its low balling but there always seems to be a bunch of issues there with contracts.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    “The other possibility is to come here and try to start here.

    Surely you jest, David. Reimer did exactly nothing to lose the starting gig last year, but he did anyway, and Carlyle barely bothered to tell him (you don’t pull your goalie the way he got pulled against the Wings no matter how scary those big bad HBO cameras seem).

    Then Randy made sure to denigrate the guy until his confidence was all gone and he’d be worth slightly less than half a bag of pucks in any deal.

    This organization would break my brain if I were sober and still gave a sh**.

    • leafsilluminati - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      You don’t know what you are talking about. Reimer is a professional. It ‘s not Carlyle’s job to go out there and stop pucks (which Reimer couldn’t do). If he can’t handle some adversity he shouldn’t be in the league. Bernier won the starting job because he’s clearly a better goaltender in every facet of the position.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Carlyle maintained the farce that there was still some 1a and 1b system long after he had clearly made up his mind that Bernier was the starter. This became clear while both guys were putting up equally good numbers.

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