TORONTO - As the city’s most prominent Leafs fan announced he’s not leaving office after his hellish day, the team’s most scrutinized player returned home from a hellish road trip.
Dave Bolland tweeted Tuesday that he “couldn’t wait” to get back to Toronto, after Saturday’s mishap in Vancouver, where the outside of his left ankle tendon was sliced, requiring emergency surgery.
But getting the hometown centre back in the lineup is going to be a long process, not to mention finding a replacement.
Short term, the Leafs have two things working in their favour where Bolland is concerned: Nearly a full week off before they play again and the 20 points they already banked with a quick start that put them first place in the Eastern Conference at the end of October.
But that doesn’t mean management will sit on its hands the next few weeks — or up to three or four months if that’s what it takes for Bolland to recover from the delicate operation.