SUNRISE, FLA. - The future of Dave Bolland, and whether it's with the Maple Leafs, should become clear in the coming weeks.
Certainly, we'll know before the NHL trade deadline on March 5.
Bolland has been out since Nov. 2 when he suffered a lacerated tendon in his ankle against the Vancouver Canucks, and after the Toronto Sun caught up with him following the morning skate on Tuesday, Bolland answered "probably not" when he was asked whether he might play before the Olympic break.
The Leafs are in Tampa Bay to meet the Lightning on Thursday, and are at home against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday before some Olympics-mandated time off.
The larger issue is Bolland's contract status, as the 27-year-old centre is headed for unrestricted free agency this summer. The Leafs and Bolland have not delved into contract talks.