Toronto Maple Leafs: a briefing on Peter Holland

Peter Holland, Toronto Maple Leafs.

Peter Holland of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired centre Peter Holland from Anaheim today in a deal that allows the Ducks to clean up their Cap situation, and affords the Leafs the opportunity to potentially find the big top-nine centreman they have been looking for ever since Mats Sundin left the organization in the summer of 2008. For trade details click here.

Holland joins a Leafs team that is depleted with injury up the middle. A recent spell of ailments has forced Toronto to dress several AHL players in an attempt to remain in the playoff picture. Last night’s loss to the league’s worst club, the Buffalo Sabres, made evident the fact that a patchwork fix from within would be risky business moving forward.

Holland was drafted 15th overall in 2009 by the Anaheim Ducks. He has since spent much of his time with AHL affiliate the Norfollk Admirals, where he’s proven himself an offensively capable centre. The new Leaf hopeful recorded 39 points in 45 AHL games in 2012-13, and he’s off to another strong start this year, with 9 points in 10 games.

Holland and the Leafs head coach briefly coexisted in Anaheim prior to Carlyle’s firing in the middle of the 2011-12 NHL season. For details on what the Leafs’ bench boss thinks about Holland, check this tweet with video embed, courtesy of the Toronto Maple Leafs official Twitter account:

Steve Fitzsimmons, play-by-play guy for the Guelph Storm called a miraculous goal by Holland while he played in the OHL. It is very much worth a look and listen:

Peter Holland is a big-time Leaf fan. If you click the link in the upcoming tweet by Steve Dangle Glynn of you will witness a short clip of the new Leaf ripping Boston Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt.

Watch Peter Holland score his first National Hockey League goal by snapping a quickly released wrister over the shoulder of Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, while Randy Carlyle watches with delight from the Ducks bench:

Holland will suit up for the Leafs tonight at centre on a line with Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson or James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel.

Holland has landed: