Former Maple Leafs Defenseman Struggling For a spot In Detroit

Published October 10, 2023 at 4:13 PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have developed some fantastic players over the years, but as we've seen before, when they leave for greener pastures, sometimes it's not quite the same.

A veteran blue liner



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One of those players that excelled in Toronto was defenseman Justin Holl, who has played 285 games with the Maple Leafs over the first six seasons of his NHL career.


In that time, he played a key role for a very talented group, tallying 11 goals and 82 points while providing a physical presence on the back end, but now, after a successful stint, he's made a free agency move and landed with the Detroit Red Wings this summer.

Outside looking in?



Unfortunately for Holl, things haven't been going as well over there, as it was recently revealed that he is struggling to crack the teams blue line, and will likely serve as an extra for their opening game.

Monday's Red Wings groupings:
DeBrincat-Larkin-Perron
Fabbri-Compher-Raymond
Rasmussen-Copp-Sprong
Kostin-Veleno-Fischer

Walman-Seider
Chiarot-Petry
Määttä-Gostisbehere
(Holl extra)

Husso
Reimer
Lyon


It's not the end of the world for the 31-year old, who is a fantastic leader off the ice, and it's likely he can play his way onto the roster, but for now, it appears to be a struggle for someone who became such a favourite in Toronto.

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Former Maple Leafs Defenseman Struggling For a spot In Detroit

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