MONTREAL - Dave Bolland took a step forward on Friday.
Unfortunately for the Leafs, it wasn’t big enough for him to step on to the Bell Centre ice surface for Saturday’s much-ballyhooed tilt against the Habs at the Bell Centre.
While practising regularly on the third line between Mason Raymond and Nikolai Kulemin on Friday, he still does not appear to be ready for a return.
Indeed, Bolland continues to call himself “day-to-day” while continuing to rehab the tendon injury he suffered when the skate blade of the Canucks’ Zack Kassian sliced into his ankle during a Nov. 2 game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Bolland admittedly suffered a setback on Tuesday in his attempt to get back into action. Friday’s practice at the Habs practice facility in Brossard was a “good day” for him, but the feisty centre still can be seen slightly limping when he’s off the ice.
“It’s up to him now to tell us when he’s ready,” coach Randy Carlyle said.