Randy Carlyle, the chief coach of Maple Leafs, played oddsmaker on Thursday, stating there is a 50 50 scope centre Dave Bolland would come back to the team before the league closes down for the Winter Olympic break.
Toronto has 4 matches scheduled between this Saturday and next Saturday before a league wide abatement goes into effect. Dave Bolland had been sidelined since a tendon in his ankle was broke up on 2nd November, has been practicing with the squad for the past week.
Randy Carlyle stated that he appears like he is moving freely out there. For the better part of the skates, he does not appear to be affected by this. But, this is a dramatic injury. It is a difficult place to heal. It takes time. They were asking a guy to do something and his body is telling him another thing. It would be a pain issue for him.
In the mean time, the availability of Marlies callup Trevor Smith carried plain step rearwards, as the centre player, who broke his hand in a match against Panthers in December, endured an unrelated wound earlier in week.
Carlyle added that if you can believe it, he hurt himself in the weight room. They thought they would have him available. 2 days earlier, he came up with an ailment from a post practice workout.