The Toronto Maple Leafs were hit by an injury blow after forward David Bolland was ruled out with an ankle problem.
He will reportedly be out of the roster indefinitely after being sent to hospital and undergoing successful surgery for a severed tendon. The injury took place in the second period in the match against the Vancouver Canucks.
Bolland was forced into the boards by Canuck’s enforcer Zack Kassian. There was no penalty on the play.
This is a huge blow for the Leafs to have to deal with. Bolland was a key contributor to the team’s success so far, especially when considering that Tyler Bozak is still injured as well.
I believe the depth within this team’s roster has been stretched to the limit with this injury. In my opinion, this team didn’t have very much depth to begin with. However, head coach Randy Carlyle has built his career on juggling lines and finding ways to get the best out of the players he has available.
There have already been reports that forward James van Riemsdyk has been practicing in the center position. Perhaps this is Carlyle’s temporary solution. Either way, Carlyle will expect way more out of his players now.
This injury presents a wonderful opportunity for some of the rookie players to step up and show the team and their coach that they deserve a spot on the roster.
However, I believe it would be much better if the organisation called a forward up from the minors.
If the team goes ahead and takes JVR out of his natural position, the lines are stretched even more. It would be much better if the Leafs would call up a forward like Jarred Smithson to help fill the gap at center.
At any rate, the next few games for the Maple Leafs are going to be very difficult. I can’t wait to see what kind of strategy Carlyle has in mind to help deal with this unfortunate injury.
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