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Leafs looking for Bolland to play expanded role

Jul 1, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after he scored a goal in the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game One of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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In the span of a week, 27-year-old forward Dave Bolland went from scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal to getting traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I’m excited to put on a Maple Leafs jersey in front of ACC fans. Pretty much lost for words,” Bolland said, according to the Toronto Star. “I’m sad to leave Chicago. You always want to play in one city all your career. But it’s a business.

“But it’s great to come back to where my whole hockey career began.”

Bolland, who was born in Mimico, Ontario, admitted that this series of events has been “crazy,” but he’ll have new opportunities with the Maple Leafs. Chicago traditionally used him as a third-line center, but Leafs GM Dave Nonis said they won’t “pigeon-hole him” in that role.

Toronto is somewhat thin up the middle, especially if they let Tyler Bozak walk as an unrestricted free agent.

“He’ll use him in all areas,” Nonis said. “He’ll probably be put in a more prominent role with us than he was in Chicago.”

  1. youcallthathockeyblog - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    The same was said about Kris Versteeg

    • youcallthathockeyblog - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Philadelphia

      • youcallthathockeyblog - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Then settling at the bottom of the barrel in Florida

  2. comeonnowguys - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I hope he does well, but he was given the second line center duties to start the season on an eventual Cup-winning team. I hope the downturn was merely injury related and he has a successful year, but I’m skeptical.

  3. stcrowe - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Pick up a guy that has found his niche and is playing well in that role, then try to expand the niche and role. What could go wrong?

    • esracerx46 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Chicago tried expanding his role and moved him up to play with Kane and Sharp. 14 points in 35 or so games…..worked out well.

      • adambballn - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Are Sharp and Kane coming to Toronto with him?

  4. gret9 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I’m not sure Davey is up to an expanded roll, but I DO know that I will be rooting for him to be 100% successful. I’ve always liked Bolland and will miss him playing for my team. Best wishes to The Rat.

  5. earpaniac - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    I love Bolly, but trust me when I say he is NOT a #2 center. He is what he is, and he’s really good at it too. By forcing him to be something he’s not, disappointment lies ahead.

  6. sassiecassie69 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    just because he had one bad year due to injury, this doesn’t make him a diminished player. he has talents that are intangible. just look at what he did to the sedin sisters. we’ll miss him in Chicago but hope he does well in Toronto.

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