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Report: Blackhawks dangled Bolland in offer for Luongo

Jul 15, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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That the Chicago Blackhawks reportedly have interest in Roberto Luongo is surprising enough on its own, but what if noted irritant Dave Bolland was one of the players offered up for the soon-to-be former Canucks goalie? Jason Botchford of The Province says that’s precisely what happened.

They even reportedly dangled one of Vancouver’s arch-enemies, Dave Bolland, to the crew over at Rogers Arena. Now, that would take some getting used to, both for fans and players.

Bolland in the same locker-room as the Sedins? You could probably put their first handshake on PPV. Luongo with Patrick Kane? File it under ‘we’d have to see it to believe it’.

If you don’t recall, Bolland ripped the Sedins in a Chicago radio interview referring to them as the “Sedin sisters” — a sentiment that didn’t sit well with Vancouver GM Mike Gillis. Perhaps this was Chicago GM Stan Bowman’s way of chirping Vancouver in his own funny way. “Here, how about you take the guy your city hates more than anyone?”

This revelation is even more interesting given Chicago’s extreme lack of centermen. The Blackhawks are still hunting for a second line center and Bolland best fits their third line. Oddly enough, Bolland being in Vancouver would make for a great fit on Vancouver’s third line and with his aggressive mouth and attitude, he’d be a perfectly irritating fit on a Canucks team with guys like Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre.

  1. jovocop2112 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Throw in Stalberg and a mid pick and I’d be okay with it

  2. esracerx46 - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    You nuckleheads gotta realize youre not bargaining from a position of strength when trying to deal Luongo. The dude has maybe 3 decent years left on an absolutely absurd contract both in length and in salary. While you dont have to deal him, unlike what the hawks had to do after they won the cup. To keep a guy making that kind of money for that length of time, as a backup goaltender….I’d take what you get. As far as Bolland goes. I love the guy, and as much as I’d hate to see him leave, he’s not a 2nd line center. Nor is Marcus Kruger. Both are more defensive minded almost perfect for a 3rd line role….I just like Daveys mouth/ tenacity more.

    • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM


      Exactly … the Canucks are dealing from a position of “extreme” weakness ! Essentially what Gillis is trying to do is “create” a market where there isn’t one. But that still doesn’t change the fact that nobody wants a “54 million dollar” crybaby, who’s just been demoted to “back-up” after failing in four successive playoff campaigns. His greed along with Gillis’ stupidity, have combined to put a financial “ball and chain” on Luongo’s leg, which now renders him simply “unmovable”. But fear not, as he will up in Florida, no question about that. I suspect however that “multiple” Canucks will be joining him there too, as that will ultimately be the price that the Canucks will be forced to pay …

  3. jpat2424 - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Bowmen better not make that trade. God I wanna beat him up right know. Bolland for bobby Lu are you kidding.

    • ttlation - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Trade for Lebrongo especially for Bolland & I’m outta here! I’ve been a Hawks fan since 1960 but this

      has got to be some kind of cruel joke. If not the Preds have a new fan!

  4. danphipps01 - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    God, that team would be annoying. Loudmouth punks on every line and pairing. Why don’t they just pick up Marchand, Richards and Ribiero to round things out while they’re at it?

  5. jdubs21 - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I would rather get a bag of pucks and a water bottle in return for Luongo, than Bolland.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Careful what you wish for.

  6. lordfletcher - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I hope Nash and Luo stay with their teams for the start of the season..

    popcorn ready

    • chiadam - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Someone – anyone – please stop little Bowman before he completely obliterates the Blackhawks. Please.

      • jovocop2112 - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        Or dont stop him – let him drive the franchise into the dirt for another 50 years

  7. kcprof926 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I would like someone to answer this question. Name one good move Stan Bowman has mad for this franchise?
    I am still waiting.

    • chiadam - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      There isn’t one. What’s worse is how he compounds his errors, like overpaying Oduya after trading for hom, overpaying Carcillo when he’s on IR, or extending Frolik for no reason whatsoever. He’s throwing darts at a board. Small, soft, puck-moving darts. Hopefully more Hawks fans look around and realize the team is neing run by a marketing guy and a finance guy. Where’s the damn hockey guy?

    • sergeikremlin - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      Nick Leddy for Cam Barker.

    • mfaulconumw - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Won a Stanley Cup in his first season as GM, maybe? Not sure why Blackhawks fans are complaining they hadn’t won a title in 50 years at that point and he was handcuffed into a salary dump after that season.

      • abg1988 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        That was Tallon’s team all the way…and Bowman tore it apart the off-season after the Cup. Most of it wasn’t his fault because of salary cap restrictions, but he sure as hell hasn’t really done anything to replace the players we lost. His moves have been, at most, weak and ineffective. If he trades Bolland for Luongo, he’s damning us to an even worse team. Taking on Luongo’s contract, especially when we have multiple goalies under contract already, would be ridiculous (way too long and way overpaid) and we’d lose one of the few centers we have. It’s stupid to trade for a goalie that is on the decline and chokes in the important situations for a solid third-line center, especially when we’re already weak down the middle.

    • mfaulconumw - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Well, he had to have done something right. He did win a Cup in his first year…and he’s no worse than all the GMs that came between 1960 and 2009…

  8. comeonnowguys - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Wow, so then the team would have holes at second AND third line centers.

    This just keeps getting better.

    And by better, I mean… I need a beer.

  9. thomaspratt - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Bolland from the Hawks and Versteeg rumored from the Panthers. I just took those to leaks to mean teams were really not negotiating in good faith yet. Rather, they are making proposals that contain poison pills the Canucks would never accept.

    • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      poison pills ? … if that’s the case, then going to camp with Luongo still a Canuck will be the equivalent of taking cyanide …

  10. sprtsfan1 - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    So this is it for our Stanely Cup Champions. Piece by piece, Bowman’s ego has allowed him to obliterate one of the best sports teams in Chicago’s history. He wants HIS team to win, not Tallon’s. Don’t think Bowman will be happy until every last player from the Cup team is gone.

    • tcb59 - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      sprtsfan1, you are absolutely right about Stan ” still ” and his attempt to obliterate the Blackhawks. This is ” MY ” team! But, take a good look at the guy, he always has that dear in the head lights look about him. Confusion, incompetence, just plain lost. Too bad the Hawks didn’t hire Scotty Bowman as their GM. Or, Scotty Bowman as the Hawks head coach, as ” Q’s ” time is up. Sadly, if you get rid of Stan still, I’m sure his father would leave the Hawks as well. What was Wirtz thinking when he hired these people? Maybe he is a mirror image of his father, cloaked in the one Stanley Cup win, and ready to turn this organ”I”zation into the worst team in all professional sports. Just like Daddy did.

  11. xaf605 - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Please bowman leave slimey lou in vancouver thats a perfect place for him

  12. blomfeld - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:45 PM


    Contrary to what Gordon Gekko said, greed “is not” good ! Besides being wrong, it’s also a moral failing and a clear sign of evil. Those who subscribe to greed may laugh today, but in the end, they “always” end up in tears. Both Gillis and Luongo are excellent examples of this. As the “agents of greed” which they are, their laughter of only two years ago, has today been replaced by fear, confusion and the prospect of financial ruin. But no tears from me however, as everyone is fully aware that this is the inevitable result for those who choose to travel the path of greed. I predict that the “net” cost of removing Luongo is therefore going to cost the Canucks dearly, regardless of whether that involves one or several of the following scenarios:

    – assuming a sizable portion of the 54 million still left on his contract
    – surrendering future draft picks and prospects as an added incentive
    – adding “multiple” players along with Luongo as an added incentive
    – being forced to offer up a “cash” payment (bribe) to any potential taker

    we’ll see soon enough, but one thing is for sure … and that is that as the clock ticks downward, so do the Canucks” chances of avoiding these nightmare scenarios …

    • wpgjetter - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      What an absolutly moronic comment!!! Roberto may not be all that the canucks are saying he is but he is a top 10 tender. Yes he struggled last season and is still to REALLY prove himself post-season but he would definetly make many teams extremley better in the long run

  13. bigbadass - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    I’m losing all respect for the management of the Hawks. What have they done since the cup year? Now they were going to trade one of our very few decent centers for the ugliest contract in the NHL not to mention a player most fans will not like. Keep adding cheap, insignificant pieces, that don’t help a bit. Don’t get the second team center that everyone in hockey knows we need. But what the heck, the stands are full and so are the pockets of Hawks ownership. I hope they understand that just because someone has a hockey name it doesn’t mean they’ll be capable.

  14. 11cups - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Dangle this MF

  15. palian6 - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    what the hay is wrong with Bowman,is this guy daft or what?

    • palian6 - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      YOu know the more I think about it the less I believe the Hawks Bowman offered up Bolland for Lou,it doesn’t make any sense so i retract the former statement.

  16. crowboy50 - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Good lord and every thing else you might believe in. No way Bolland is going to Vancouver for Luongo. Who decided we have MAJOR goalie issue? Yeah, Corey struggled last year, Emery was a fine back up, not perfect, but that’s why he’s a back up. Now, not every goalie is a Steve Mason. Everyone has their hiccup, you don’t throw in the towel for one shaky season. Freakin idiot writers, idiot readers.

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