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UFA of the Day: Dave Bolland

Jun 9, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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Check PHT each weekday for the first four weeks of June for a new pending unrestricted free agent of the day. Today’s UFA of the Day is…

Dave Bolland

The Toronto Maple Leafs had high hopes for Bolland when they acquired him from the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 2013.

Bolland came to the city as a two-time Stanley Cup winner that was commonly seen as a great third-line center thanks to his reputation for frustrating some of the best skilled forwards in the game, but Leafs GM Dave Nonis wanted to see him play a “more prominent role.”

That experiment never really got off the ground though because Bolland missed the bulk of the season with an ankle injury. By itself, that’s an unfortunate setback, but it’s also part of a troubling trend. Bolland has now missed more than a third of his regular season games over the last five years as he’s battled a variety of injuries.

Despite that, the 28-year-old is reportedly demanding an annual cap hit of around $5 million. He might end up getting that too as there aren’t many two-way centers still in their prime that are set to enter the free agent market.

New Leafs president Brendan Shanahan did call him “the type of player we need” and Bolland would like to spend the rest of his career in Toronto, so there’s definitely some mutual interest there. That asking price might result in him finding employment elsewhere though.

  1. suckit619 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Come back to the Hawks…. at a discounted rate of course…

  2. gret9 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Davey Bolland was one of my favorites during his time in Chicago and I miss him, but anyone who gives him 5 mil a year is completely out of their minds.

    Well, looking at Florida’s cap number they’ve got plenty of room and Dale is the guy who gave Bolland his last deal, so who knows?

    Gosh, Soupy STILL has two years left on his deal. Chicago fans will always be in Tallon’s debt for taking that albatross contract off of the Blackhawk’s neck.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      Good thing Leafs management slammed the front door on their minds decades ago. Not a good deal, but we don’t have that many hockey players locked up. 5 mil for Dave makes sense in this fantasy land I call the ACC.

  3. jason9696 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    $5 million a year is way too much for Dave Bolland. Especially since the Leafs already have that horrible David Clarkson contract. How Dave Nonis has a job after that contract is beyond me.

  4. m4a188 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Can’t argue with him, money is more important than winning.

  5. cheggy1731 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Boland is a great player to have on your team and I wish the Hawks could get him back at a discount. But 5 million pet year for a guy who seems to be hurt ever year and you can’t count on him in the line up … is TOO MUCH !!!!

  6. beergold - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    We’ll see what he REALLY wants in the next little while. If he wants another run at the ring then he gets out of Laff land. If he just wants a over priced pay check then he stays in Toronto and gets to golf early every spring.

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