The Toronto Maple Leafs are already awfully thin at center with Tyler Bozak on long-term injured reserve. They might get even thinner after Dave Bolland left Saturday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks unable to put any weight on his left foot.
Bolland was hobbled after he was hit along the boards by Canucks forward Zack Kassian, who appeared to have kicked Bolland in his ankle area. Based on first glance, it doesn't appear to be intentional.
Kassian actually ended up scoring a goal on that very shift after going to the net. Bolland couldn't get himself back into the play after he took the hit and needed to be assisted off the ice by teammates after the goal.
Cassie Campbell of Hockey Night in Canada reported that Bolland will be out the rest of the game with a "leg laceration."
TSN's Bob McKenzie followed that report up with one of his own.
Nothing official by any means, but belief is Bolland suffered a lacerated ankle tendon (not Achilles) that may require surgery to repair.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 3, 2013
That doesn't sound good at all. The latest update was even worse though.
Randy Carlyle says David Bolland's cut is similar to the Erik Karlsson injury. He'll have surgery tonight.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 3, 2013
Karlsson missed two and a half months after his Achilles' tendon was cut, but recovered faster than expected. This could be a lengthy rehab for Bolland.
Losing Bolland is an awful situation for the Maple Leafs. Not only because Bozak is already out, but because Bolland has been an excellent source of secondary scoring for Toronto.
Bolland has 10 points in 15 games and has played well at both ends of the ice. With how versatile Bolland has been, it makes him that much tougher to replace for what could be quite some time.