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Trade: Leafs acquire Bolland from Chicago

Jun 30, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

Dave Bolland

Less than a week after scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal, Dave Bolland is on the move.

The Chicago center is on his way to Toronto after a draft-day trade — the Leafs gave the ‘Hawks their 51st and 117th overall selections from this year’s draft, and a fourth-rounder at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Bolland, 27, had 7G-7A in 35 games last year, missing time late in the season and through the early parts of the playoffs with groin and foot injuries.

The Toronto native is heading into the final season of his five-year, $16.875 million deal, one that carries an average annual cap hit of $3.375 million.

The move makes a lot of sense from both sides.

Chicago had reportedly been shopping Bolland throughout the week. His deal will expire next summer and, given Chicago’s financial future — the ‘Hawks are tight to the cap — getting him back in the Windy City would’ve been difficult.

For Toronto, the move addresses a general lack of talent/depth at center. It also acts as a potential safeguard in the event the Leafs can’t reach a new deal with UFA forward Tyler Bozak, who was the club’s No. 1 this year.

“I can tell you that Randy [Carlyle] is very happy that we brought in David Bolland,” Leafs GM Dave Nonis said.

  1. iwillfindyou - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Good move Hawks. Now draft some more badasses.

  2. uscthom78 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    THe key to beating the Bruins.

  3. slysipops - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    hate to see him go on one hand, but except for the playoffs he wasn’t much of a seasonal factor this year. good luck DAVE !

  4. worldseriestiger - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    I wonder how Carlyle is going to have both Bolland AND Grabbo as the #2 C on the ice at the same time. (note to some people: this is a joke about Carlyle)

  5. slysipops - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    oh, and if he is not gone yet , i look for STALBERG to go also ! the HAWKS have given him more than enough time to rise up !

    • hammerhead5573 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      I think Stahlberg is a free agent and he has already alluded to not wanting to come back. Stahlberg has all the tools but night after night he didn’t use them.

  6. uscthom78 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Viktor’s career has staled. Trade him now.

  7. teebone1976 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Bollands production should increase on a Leafs team that is not as deep as Chicago.

  8. hammerhead5573 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    This move is not entirely surprising to any Hawk fan. Bolland seemed to be injured more than he was healthy. His goal was huge in game 6 but the last few regular seasons were not kind to him. I will miss the rat and his battles with the Sedin sisters but it is what it is and Shaw is a better version of that style anyways.

  9. ray2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    & Bickell is going to sign with these trades.

  10. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Good newsd for the Hawks – free up cap space (and Bickell signed today 4 years, 16 mill), opens up a spot for Pirri or Leblanc at center (guys with a lot of promise)

  11. 2difshoe - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Thanks Dave Bolland….good luck at home in Toronto.

    We will never forget the effort and Stanley Cup game winning goal !

    Stay healthy and good luck !

    Hawks fan

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:05 AM

      Can anyone think of any other player traded away the summer after scoring the Cup winning goal? First one that comes to my mind wore #99. That’s pretty good company.

  12. giantssb42champs - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    God bless you Dave. We’ll never forget your epic final goal that brought us the Cup in Chicago. Good luck in Toronto!!

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