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Report: Blackhawks shopping Bolland

Jun 27, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Dave Bolland is a solid third-line center who can step up as a second liner when the need arises. He’s also the guy who scored the Stanley Cup winning goal this week.

And it sounds like Chicago is looking to trade him, according to TSN and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Bolland comes with a $3,375,000 cap hit in 2013-14 and he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after that. It’s possible that the Blackhawks don’t feel confident in their chances of re-signing him and consequently want to move him now while his value is high, but they might also be doing this with an eye to the future.

Before the start of the 2015-16 campaign, they will need to re-sign Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad, and Corey Crawford, among others. Most, if not all of those players will be looking for meaningful raises, so GM Stan Bowman might be thinking proactively about the team’s cap needs.

Not to mention the obvious fact that it would give them a short-term cap boost as they attempt to re-sign Bryan Bickell.

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  1. kingcobraman - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    score the winning goal for the cup and a couple days later rumoured to shopped around … what gratitude…

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Welcome to the much maligned business side of our beloved sport.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      What you’re likely missing is that he did not contribute much during the year, and was a +/1 negative during the season and playoffs on a team that had the best +/1 depth in the league. In fact, he was at the bottom during the regular season.

      Hawks approach is two-way players. Bickel simply has a brighter future with the Hawks than Bolland.

    • alexbaymac - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Not the point. Bolly has had a great run in Chicago. They tried to move him up to 2nd line center & that just didn’t work out. He’s a GREAT 3rd line/shut-down center & the Hawks will hate to have to face him.
      …BUT, time is running out. He probably won’t be here after another year, he’s value will never be higher & 7/5 is fast approaching. Props to StanBo for stepping up & trying to make the best call for the organization even when it’s a very unpopular call. Especially for Bolly, but for all the Hawk’s fans in general.

  2. hawksin5 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    @kingcobra, I’m gunna take it that u haven’t watched the Blackhawks much the last 3 years…..

    • kingcobraman - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      that’s not the point, let the guy and team enjoy the victory, I know that hockey is a business any his play has gone south but stabbing in the back so soon… come on man …

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        They need to know where they stand by 7/5, so any moves need to be done quickly. I’d also try shopping Brookbank, trade both for draft choices/prospects, and the Hawks have a good pipeline in Rockford.

  3. borgsng - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Wow what a slap in the face don’t you think ?

  4. rodeoclowndc - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    “It’s just business, you understand…”

  5. hockey412 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    He’d be a good pickup for a lot of teams, he’s a good one to shop!

  6. suckit619 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Fans that have followed the Hawks the last few years knew this was coming. I’m just glad they got some production out of him in the clutch when it counted. Whether he goes or stays, I will always be a fan of “the rat”

  7. ibieiniid - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    “Anyone interested in the guy who scored the Stanley Cup winning goal on Monday?”

    yeah he’d be great for my kid’s next bday party

    • ibieiniid - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      lol i love the thumbs down. fu** you hawks fans.

      • no - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        yeah you’re cool

      • ibieiniid - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        yeah you’re not

  8. tfilarski - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    NHL is a business. Everyone understands. Shaw is a better version of Bolland.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Younger, lower cost, more durable.

  9. tmoore4075 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    You’ve got young guys coming up, a few that are RFA’s next summer that will get substantial raises, and his value is sky high. Of course you look if you can trade him now. Red Wings traded away their Conn Smythe Trophy winner after 97.

  10. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I complained about that spammer and likely scammer to NBC. Hope they can completely toss his nonsense.

  11. 19to77 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Harsh, but good business decision. The price is steep for a guy who doesn’t exactly light up the scoreboard and underwhelms in the faceoff circle too. Plus that opens up a little over ten million in cap space with which to resign their FAs and maybe even take a stab at signing a #2 centre.

  12. blackhawksdynasty - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Pi$$ off loser! We come here to talk hockey. Go sell your crap elsewhere

  13. timmeh022 - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Someone finally said it! Thank you!

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