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Chicago’s Bolland: ‘I want to rush back’ from injury

Apr 12, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

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Dave Bolland is frustrated.

Sidelined for the last three games (foot) after blocking a Shea Weber slapshot on Apr. 1, the Chicago center is tired of sitting out and wants to get back into action — even if it means returning from injury too soon.

“I want to rush back. I want to play,” Bolland told CSN Chicago. “It’s never fun sitting out and watching games or getting skated out there [by yourself].

“For me, it’s coming back when I’m ready and being prepared to keep this winning atmosphere in the room.”

Bolland won’t play on Friday when the ‘Hawks host the Wings in Chicago.

The 26-year-old’s had a tough time with injuries over the last three years. His 2010-11 campaign was derailed by a concussion that cost him the last 14 games of the regular season, and three playoff contests.

Last year, he missed six games with upper-body and foot injuries.

This year, he’s already dealt with a right leg and another upper-body ailment, missing nine games as a result.

When healthy, Bolland is a highly effective two-way player that can produce offensively and annoy the heck out of opponents. He tied a career-high with 19 goals a year ago and has 14 points through 30 games this year, all while averaging close to 17 minutes per game.

So, no wonder he wants to get back out there.

The big question moving forward is what Chicago will do with him after next year.

Bolland will be an unrestricted free agent  in 2014 (his five-year, $16.88 million deal has an average annual cap hit of $3.38 million) and will be 28 at the time.

He’s a solid center and one of Chicago’s most vested veterans, but also has injury concerns.

That said, he acknowledges those concerns, and that’s probably why he’s so anxious to get back into the lineup.

“It’s never fun sitting out and watching games or getting skated out there,” Bolland explained. “Even sitting at home and watching on TV… I try not to put the games on because you want to be out there playing.

“Watching at home, you’re getting anxious. You want to be in there. For me, it’s just about making sure it’s healthy and being ready.”

  1. kcprof926 - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Problem is Bolland has not been a force and Krueger has become the new Bolland. I would not rush him back.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Canucks couldn’t get Sedin back last year. Suck it Chicago.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Wow. You sure told Chicago fans with your completely apples and oranges statement.

        Seriously, what is the parallel between the two situations, other than Vancouver had *a* player injured going into the playoffs last year and Chicago has *a* player injured going into the playoffs this year?

        Is it the role? No. Daniel’s a star, and Bolland’s a third line center who was playing on the second line because Chicago didn’t have one. And he’s been struggling a bit.

        Is it the circumstance? No. Daniel was injured on a dirty play done by Chicago, and Bolland has been banged up all year.

        So if this is your grounds for vengeance, vindication or whatever, then knock yourself out, bub.

  2. kingsforever - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Left coast? Cool, take Penner’s coined term, you deserve it after his GWG buried you in game 1 and your team never recovered

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