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Why did the Leafs send down Peter Holland?

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TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 27: Peter Holland #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a goal with his teammates against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 27, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Sabres 4-3 in an overtime shoot-out. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Claus Andersen

A few eyebrows were raised today in Toronto when the Maple Leafs called up forward Carter Ashton from the AHL Marlies and sent down forward Peter Holland.

Yes, Ashton was playing well in the minors, but it’s not like Holland had been a disaster in the NHL. In fact, the 22-year-old has nine points (5G, 4A) in 22 games for the Leafs.

Then again, if the coach doesn’t play a player, there’s not much point in keeping the player around. In Holland’s last three games, Randy Carlyle had played him for 3:44, 8:52, and 4:30.

Of course, there’s another factor to consider here. If Holland plays 25 games for the Leafs this season, the 2014 third-round pick Toronto gave the Ducks to get him in November becomes a second-rounder.

Still, these were some interesting tweets from Sportsnet 590 radio host Greg Brady:

Fun times in Toronto, as always.

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