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Bolland wants to stay in Chicago but ‘trades happen’

Jun 28, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores past Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in the third period in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Chicago forward Dave Bolland scored the Stanley Cup winning goal on Monday and the team reportedly didn’t even wait a week before shopping him around.

That might seem cold, but it’s also a reality of pro sports. Teams want to do whatever they can to win and with the salary cap in mind, now might be a good time for the Blackhawks to see if they can sell Bolland while his value is high.

With that in mind, the 27-year-old was very diplomatic when confronted with the reports.

“I’d love to be back here next year, but whatever happens, happens,” he told CSN Chicago. “It’s the NHL. Trades happen. I’d love to be back here, I love Chicago. But it’s a game and this is what can happen.”

In the meantime, Bolland will get a chance to enjoy what he’s accomplished.

“I don’t think it has (sunk in yet). It’s still just roaming around in the air that I scored that,” Bolland said. “I still look back at it and I still can’t believe it. It’s every kid’s dream to score that goal, and I did it. It’s big, and I’ll ride it right now.”

  1. charliereno - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I’m going to miss him if he’s traded but it’s part of the game. 1 Cup clinching goal doesn’t make up for his less-than-stellar play over the past few seasons.

  2. esracerx46 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    To be fair to Bolland, he’s best suited for a third line role. They put him at 2 because it was a need. Whether it be his injuries, which have started to pile up on him, or putting him somewhere out of need. He didn’t live up to the hopes of many. His cap hit isn’t the greatest when you have Andrew Shaw a capable 3rd line center who’s younger and cheaper. You also have Brandon Pirri toiling in the minors who led the AHL in scoring, is also younger and cheaper. Glad to see he has the right attitude.

    • 19to77 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      And honestly, his dicey faceoff numbers and team-worst +/- suggest he’s not a stellar third-line centre either, at least when you’ve got the likes of Shaw and Handzus to compete with. He’s not a bad player, but on a team as deep and skilled as Chicago, he looks worse than he is. And that cap hit is just a bit too steep for a team floating near the cap every year.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Their asking price is a little ridiculous though… a 1st and two 2nds, for a guy that hasn’t been too productive over the past few seasons. I know GMs always start off negotiations with their ideal return in mind, but that price absolutely has to come down if they wanna move his cap hit.

  3. kingcobraman - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    its to bad there gonna dump the the guy… you cannot replace passion and heart…

    • esracerx46 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Sure you can…. with skill and youth.

    • 19to77 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Andrew Shaw’s a better version of the same thing,

      • kingcobraman - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        he’s still learning the ropes from the master, skill and youth no match for heart … Europeans compared to North Americans in the playoffs… no respect for heroes’ in Chicago …. use them and losem…

      • 19to77 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Shaw lacks heart? Pffft. He’s already established himself as a clutch performer with huge OT goals in the playoffs and he played since the Detroit series with a broken rib – putting up more goals and points than Bolland in the process, with less ice time, and finishing second only to Bickell in hits. Again, with a broken rib. Oh, and the same goes for the regular season – he had more goals and points and a better plus-minus again with less ice time.

        Face it, he’s better than Bolland is.

  4. kingcobraman - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    yes play hard, score some winners and watch your back if your playing for Chicago… your easily replaced if not the top six…

    • kingcobraman - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      the heart remark was not directed at shaw …

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