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James van Riemsdyk
Toronto Maple Leafs
New Jersey Devils
It was a bruising encounter for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, in more ways than one.
It was a night when the Leafs’ habit of giving up a ton of shots finally came back to bite them, losing 4-0 to a Vancouver team who ran over a sloppy and slow club and had the game sewn up with 25 minutes to go. But it’s the injury to centre Dave Bolland that could really give the Leafs a problem.
It will be a major concern to his club and to its fans that Randy Carlyle chose to compare the injury to the one sustained by Ottawa defenceman Erik Karlsson last season that kept the player out for 10 weeks.
Bolland, 27, has continued in Toronto where he left off in Chicago, bringing an element of hard-nosed leadership to the Leafs forward lines that has lacked. The 3rd line chemistry he has formed with Mason Raymond will have been one of GM Dave Nonis’s most satisfying surprises of the season. The pair have joined for 21 points already, with Bolland just one point behind Joffrey Lupul.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs declined to provide a detailed update, but it’s clear that centre Dave Bolland’s ankle injury is likely to keep him out until deep into their season.
And perhaps even for almost all of it.
According to the team, Bolland suffered “a severed tendon on the outside of his left ankle” when Vancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian’s skate clipped his foot...
While the concern over the loss of Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak took a backseat to the âCrackheadâ Rob Ford sideshow on Tuesday, the focus has returned to how the Leafs plan to make due over the next three to four weeks without two of their top centers.
Winger James van Riemsdyk played up the middle for the second time at Leafs practice Wednesday morning in Etobicoke...
With Toronto having five days off after losing Dave Bolland to a serious skate cut to the ankle, the questions from Leafs Nation are understandably focused on the center situation and whether GM Dave Nonis will remedy it by making a trade or hope to tread water with James van Riemsdyk up the middle.
Q: â@trevorchef asks: Regarding centers and the untimely Bolland injury...
After losing Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland for an extended period of time, the Maple Leafs have found their (short term) savior at centre as they have signed veteran Jerred Smithson. Smithson was already on a PTO with the Toronto Marlies. Smithson, who is now 34 years old, has played 588 career games and amassed 96 points (39-57) and 354 [...]
It is a short-term move born out of desperation. And yet, it is a move that has been in the works for a long time, at least since the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired James van Riemsdyk more than 16 months ago.
Make no mistake, the decision to move van Riemsdyk from the wing to the centre is only happening because Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland are both out with long-term injuries, and...
The Maple Leafs have the benefit of a light schedule that will enable head coach Randy Carlyle to get a week of practices in hopes of remedying their defensive shortcomings and tinkering with line combinations in the wake of injuries to centers Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak.
Bozak suffered a hamstring injury on October 25 in Columbus and will be unavailable to come off LTIR until...
Ever since the day Mats Sundin ceased to be a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the organization has lacked a quality first line centre. Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski (now with the Capitals), and Nazem Kadri have all played well,…Read more →The post Injuries to Bozak and Bolland might be a blessing in disguise for the Toronto Maple Leafs appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
The James van Riemsdyk experiment at centre is on. And if that fails, there’s always Joffrey Lupul.
“I played a little centre in Philadelphia, in the same type of situation with guys getting hurt,” said Lupul. “And I played a bit of centre in junior. It’s a big adjustment.”
While the Maple Leafs took a well deserved and much-needed day off Wednesday, there was no sense...
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With several key injuries and one 10 game suspension suffered so far this year, the Leafs have yet to really ice a full roster despite only being 15 games into the season.
That said, these âmisfortunesâ which the team has suffered through have provided the Leafs brass and coaching staff with the opportunities to see firsthand just...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed forward Dave Bolland on IR after he had surgery to repair a severed tendon on the outside of his left ankle, as per The Canadian Press. As previously reported, Bolland left Saturday night’s game after being hit into the boards by Zack Kassian and getting cut by his skate blade.
This injury comes at a very difficult time for the Leafs as their...
The Maple Leafs are allowing plenty of shots per game, a statistic that finally caught up to Toronto at the end of its recent road trip.
Those numbers may not be a problem, however, against a New Jersey Devils team that is averaging the fewest shots in the NHL.
David Clarkson will face his former club for the first time when the Maple Leafs go for their fifth win in six home games...
Well, there’s a headline you don’t see every day.
As if being the home of the Blue Jays/Maple Leafs/Raptors wasn’t enough cause for embarrassment in the past decade, Torontans (?) received another disgrace on Tuesday when mayor Rob Ford finally came out and admitted to smoking crack. This isn’t news in itself — the tape showing him smoking crack has allegedly been floating...
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In episode 16 of The Hockey Guys Podcast, co-hosts Hunter Crowther and James Stephan discuss several topics around the National Hockey League, as Hunter makes his return after being absent for last week’s show — which you can listen to here. This week, the two talk about the Chicago Blackhawks visiting the White House...
The Toronto Maple Leafs emerge from a five day respite with reshuffled forward lines to compensate for injuries to Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland and a fully healthy blueline as they face the New Jersey Devils at Air Canada Center Friday night.
Toronto will move James van Riemsdyk to center between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, while recently added faceoff specialist Jerred Smithson...