Leafs unlikely to trade Bolland before deadline

The return of Dave Bolland could deter Leafs GM Dave Nonis from making a big move at the trade deadline. (Andrew A. Nelles/AP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are unlikely to trade centre Dave Bolland prior to the 2014 trade deadline, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

Sources told Shannon the Leafs are looking to hold onto his services and see where things go in regards to contract talks. Bolland is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013-14 season and is reportedly seeking a long-term deal that would pay him up to $5 million per season.

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported Tuesday that the Leafs were making calls on the 27-year-old.

The Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins were believed to be interested in Bolland’s services, according to Brad May.

Bolland hasn’t played since November after severing an ankle tendon in a game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Prior to his injury, Bolland put up six goals, four assists, and 18 penalty minutes in 15 games for the Leafs while playing solid defensive hockey as well.

Bolland is expected to return from his injury in the near future, but it’s unclear exactly when the two-time Stanley Cup winner will suit up for a game.

He will not play tonight as the Leafs visit the New York Rangers.

The Leafs originally acquired Bolland in a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks for a package of draft picks at the 2013 NHL Draft.