Leafs, Holland settle before arbitration hearing, agree on 1-year deal

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Yeah, so about that mock pre-game… the Toronto Maple Leafs and Peter Holland have settled on a one-year deal, just before the two sides were scheduled to head to player-elected arbitration.

Settling out of arbitration is usually the best way to go about things. Unless you think you might be able to squeeze out a significantly better result if you wait the process out, a few extra dollars typically aren’t worth having both sides go at each other how good or bad the other is. It’s a very strenuous moment for team and player relations, and quite frankly, should only really be seen as the nuclear option.


As far as value goes, it’s hard to claim that the Leafs didn’t win this battle. The final dollar figure comes in at $150,000 less than the middle ground between Toronto’s offer and Holland’s ask, which was already reasonably fair value for a player of his calibre. At $1.3 million, here are his salary comparables ($1.0M to $1.5M) in his age group (24 to 28):

Team Player Age Pos Salary 3YR P60 3YR CFRel
ARI Ryan White 28 RW 1000000 1.05 -5.05
CAR Joakim Nordstrom 24 LW 1275000 1.13 -3.38
EDM Zack Kassian 25 RW 1500000 1.73 -1.84
EDM Patrick Maroon 28 LW 1500000* 1.86 1.26
MIN Chris Stewart 28 RW 1150000 1.5 -2.87
MIN Erik Haula 25 C 1000000 1.66 -1.89
MTL Paul Byron 27 C 1166666 1.19 0.75
NJ Jacob Josefson 25 C 1100000 0.37 2.77
TB JT Brown 26 RW 1250000 1.26 -0.07
TOR Peter Holland 25 RW 1300000 1.35 -0.92

Holland is one of two players on this list (Maroon being the other, who actually makes $2,000,000 but Anaheim is retaining $500,000 of his salary) who is in the upper half in both rate production and relative possession over the past three years. That’s impressive, considering that he was a possession anchor until his positive year last year, and that his production may have been dragged down by shooting at just 6.5% last year (his career average in previous years was 12.2%), which could have cost him as many as nine goals. Needless to say, it’s pretty good value, whether Holland stays in the lineup or gets shopped on the open market. 

  • Spoils

    I’m not really surprised by this and I love how Lou is managing the cap smartly by towing a hardline with replacement level players like corrado and holland. And even signing andersen, martin and polak to steal of deals during free agency. The leafs are loaded with high value high performance players.

  • FlareKnight

    Good value.

    It gives the Leafs the most flexibility here. Easier to move a guy teams know will be paid 1.3 million rather than a guy who might command up to 2 million. So if he doesn’t have a spot on the roster next year, it’s not a big deal to move him.

    And also a cheap guy to have in the lineup. So definitely a win with this one. Good job by the Leafs.

  • TGT23

    Interesting. Both that he wasn’t claimed and that he’ll be back. I don’t see a major role for him on this team. A lot of C’s and could-be C’s already here. At least 7 players who can play the position.

    Not that I’m upset, just don’t entirely understand.

  • Gary Empey

    @ Jeff – “Holland stays in the lineup or gets shopped on the open market.”

    What do you think his value is on the open market after just clearing waivers?

    • Gary Empey

      He didn’t clear necessarily because no one wanted him, other GMs weren’t sure if they were acquiring a 900K player off waivers or a $2M player.

      It’s easier to move/acquire a piece with a fixed price tag.

      I would suspect Lou and Co. would move him for a pick (2-4th) or another project player such as a Corrado or Hyman/Leipsic that teams are ready to move on from that could fit closer to our younger core.