Shanahan wants Bolland back with Leafs

David Bolland is an unrestricted free agent but says, through his agent, that a return to the Leafs...

David Bolland is an unrestricted free agent but says, through his agent, that a return to the Leafs is a serious possibility, though there are other considerations involved. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

TORONTO - Seventeen years ago, young David Bolland, just a lad of 11 at the time, “snuck into” Mimico’s fabled Blue Goose Tavern and had his photo taken with the Stanley Cup, which was being shown off by the Red Wings’ Brendan Shanahan.

 

On that particular day in 1997, David Bolland really was eager to see Shanahan, not to mention the prized trophy that accompanied him.

Now, almost two decades later, it is Shanahan who wants to see Bolland.

In a Maple Leafs jersey, that is. For years to come.

In fact, in the past two weeks, the two Mimico natives had a lengthy one-on-one meeting in which Shanahan, the newly anointed president of the Maple Leafs, pulled no punches with Bolland, a pending unrestricted free agent. The message: We want to you be part of the Maple Leafs future.

Shanahan echoed those sentiments when specifically asked about Bolland during a meeting with a gaggle of hockey scribes at the Toronto Sun offices on Wednesday afternoon.


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