Dr. Jo Innes, who covers injury explanations for The Score, has your answer.
Lace bite is tendon inflammation on the top of the foot from too-tight laces or ill-fitting skates. It sucks.— Jo Innes (@JoNana) February 1, 2014
Holland was skating in new skates and lace bite can be a common problem when breaking them in, but this sounds abnormally severe and painful. Maple Leafs head coach called the injury “crazy,” when addressing reporters after the morning skate.
Holland has appeared in 35 games with the Maple Leafs this year and has 11 points. Toronto may have to call up a player from their AHL team as Carter Ashton is also questionable for Saturday's game with an injured hand.
The Maple Leafs have won eight of their last ten games and Holland has been a solid depth player during that run. Now the Maple Leafs may be without him for one of the weirdest reasons imaginable.