The long-awaited return of rugged forward David Bolland couldn’t come at a more crucial time for an increasingly desperate Maple Leafs team.
And now the other big question: When will goaltender Jonathan Bernier join him in the lineup to help salvage a season rapidly slipping away?
A week and four consecutive losses after chasing down home-ice advantage for the opening round of the playoffs seemed like a reasonable goal, suddenly getting any spot is turning into a massive challenge.
And if the Leafs are going to have a reasonable shot at returning to the post-season for a second consecutive spring, it’s likely going to take significant contributions from both players.
First to Bolland, who had a successful get-his-feet wet game on Saturday after missing 56 contests with a severed tendon near his left ankle. It will take a few more nights for him to get up to his most effective, however, and the way things are going, the Leafs best hope that when the moment arrives, it isn’t too l...