Due to a recent string of untimely injuries, the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired C Peter Holland and enforcer Brad Staubitz today from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for D Jesse Blacker, a conditional 3rd round pick in 2014, and a 7th round pick in 2014.
Peter Holland will play for Leafs tonight. Likely between Clarkson and Lupul…or, JVR and Kessel. Longterm…good 2nd or 3rd line centre.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 16, 2013
The Leafs and Ducks have made several trades in recent seasons, and usually, the players that end up in Toronto turn to gold. On February 9, 2011, former Buds general manager Brian Burke acquired LW Joffrey Lupul, D Jake Gardiner and a 4th round pick in 2013 for defenceman Francois Beauchemin. Since joining the Blue & White Lupul has been unbelievable, recording 115 points in 127 games. Jake Gardiner has developed into one of the NHL’s most exciting young defencemen, at times, showing signs of brilliance.
The loss of centres Tyler Bozak (Hamstring), Dave Bolland (torn foot tendons), and Nazem Kadri (3-game suspension) has forced Leafs GM Dave Nonis‘ hand here. Nonis recently signed veteran centre Jerred Smithson and moved scoring winger James van Riemsdyk to the middle in an attempt to control damage caused by injuries, however, last night’s loss to the bottom feeding Buffalo Sabres made it quite clear the Leafs need immediate help from outside the organization or they run the risk of falling out of a playoff spot in a very competitive Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference wild card race.
Peter Holland was drafted 15th overall by the Ducks in 2009. He has 29 games of NHL experience – scoring 5 goals while playing a limited role on a strong Anaheim club. The native of Caledon, Ontario has a history with Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, who bossed the Ducks for the first portion of the 2011-12 season when Holland suited up four times.
Leaf fans will like hearing that Peter Holland is a fan of the Blue & White:
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) November 16, 2013