Re-signing Bolland should be Leafs' top off-season priority

Keeping multi-talented centre David Bolland should be the first item on the Leafs to-do list this...

Keeping multi-talented centre David Bolland should be the first item on the Leafs to-do list this off-season. (QMI AGENCY)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

The top priority for Maple Leafs management should not be to determine who will coach the club next season — it should be to get David Bolland signed.

Replacing or maintaining Randy Carlyle is significant either way, but if a coaching change is determined to be necessary, there are replacements available. Try finding another Bolland?

Try finding a three-zone centreman, comfortable on offence, determined on defence, positionally sound, reasonable on faceoffs, who plays the clock and does almost all the things too many of the Leaf forwards either can’t do or won’t do.

On a Blackhawks championship team that had a little of everything, Bolland was an important piece. But on a Leafs team lacking on-ice leadership, without a Jonathan Toews, without a Duncan Keith, he’s even more important.

Overpaying for David Clarkson and Dion Phaneuf was deemed necessary by Leafs management, badly as the Clarkson signing has gone thus far.


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