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Fences mended? Canucks reportedly initiate talks with Bolland camp

Jun 25, 2014, 12:17 PM EST

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Apparently time does heal all wounds.

On Wednesday, Vancouver’s News 1130 reported the Canucks made contact with pending UFA center Dave Bolland, who appears to be at a contractual impasse with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bolland, of course, has quite the history with Vancouver.

A thorn in Vancouver’s side during his time as a ‘Hawk — he has 17 points in 16 career playoff games against the Canucks — Bolland infamously ripped Daniel and Henrik Sedin during a Chicago-based radio appearance three years ago, which sparked a war of words between the organizations.

Here’s what then-head coach Alain Vigneault and d-man Kevin Bieksa said after Bolland called the Sedins “sisters” and suggested they share bunk beds.

Vigneault:

“They’ve both been probably two of the best players in the NHL for the last five years, they’ve won a gold medal, and they are really involved in the community. They are great examples for players in the NHL, and for young people. They are just two great young people.

“When you have comments like Bolland’s, he’s obviously an individual whose IQ is probably the size of a birdseed. And he has a face that only a mother could look at.

“You’re talking about two players who play with integrity, they play the right way, that are great examples of everything this game stands for. Then you have a birdseed like that making comments.

“Lucky his mother loves him.

Bieksa:

“I think he looks more like a girl than they do.

“I think if it weren’t for the twins, I don’t think anyone would hear about Dave Bolland. His matchup against them in the playoffs has put him on the map. If he doesn’t want them on his team, he’s crazy. It’s probably because he’d be out of a roster spot.”

So yeah, it’d be rather interesting to see Bolland join the room after this… though to be fair, it was three years ago and Bolland has since expressed major remorse. Also worth noting that Bieksa’s still there, but Vigneault is long gone.

As for the actual news at hand — per 1130, talks between Vancouver and Bolland appear to be in their infancy, and much hinges on what the Canucks do with Ryan Kesler, rumored to be on the move at this Friday’s NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia.

Related: Bolland, Leafs remain apart in negotiations: agent

  1. hawkeytown - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    I understand that we may have to trade #10, but please God, don’t let me have to see Sharp and Bolland in that hideous jersey….Amen

    • pone27 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Could very well be the sales pitch Vancouver is using to get Bolland: knowing he may reunite with Sharpie.

      I don’t care if Bolland dons the Canucks jersey. He already made his decisions on Chicago. But Sharpie, whole different story. It would stink enough to know we probably have to trade Sharp, but to Vancouver…ugh..

    • salmon90 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Well if it makes you feel better there’s no way most Canuck fans want either of those two. 1. Bolland is completely overrated – mostly by himself and his agent. Leave it to Toronto to overpay him 2. Sharp is a fantastic player but why would the Canucks trade for an older player when they’re trying to rebuild. These Sharp for Kesler rumours are garbage unless there’s something else involved such as a three-way-trade.

  2. elvispocomo - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    No thanks, especially for the price he was rumoured to be asking.

  3. hockeydon10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    If they sign him that stuff will end up no big deal.

    While playing for Chicago, Chris Chelios made numerous statements to the effect that he hated the Detroit Red Wings.

    If Bolland signs with Vancouver, they’ll all have a sit-down and work it out. I’m sure he’ll just go with the passion of the series and how this stuff of trying to get under the opponents’ skin is just part of the game.

  4. imleftcoast - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I think this will happen. Sharp? I can’t imagine Chicago gives him up, but they are out of cap room.

  5. esracerx46 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Perhaps they’re interested because they really are going to trade Kesler. I don’t think trading Sharp to Vancouver gets it done. I think Vancouver would rather have young NHL or near NHL ready players.

  6. thesportsjudge - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Sounds like Bieksa sort of agreed with Bolland’s assessment. KB replied “I think he looks MORE like a girl than they do.”

  7. Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    As usual… no one good wants to stay in Toronto. At least not without being grossly overpaid to do it.

    Leafs need to give up on this UFA business. Very rare that they don’t get ripped off. Clarkson, Connolly, Armstrong, Komisarek, Blake, etc, etc, every year it’s some other useless player who ends up not being worth it.

    Give the prospects a shot. They’re hungrier and want a shot to prove themselves. What’s the worst that will happen? More losing?

  8. djshnooks - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    The guy is a complete and total d-bag.

    But, if Brandon Spikes can end up playing for Buffalo…where he was despised unlike nobody else while giving out cheap shots to Bills players while in New England…anybody can go to the rival team.

    Also…if Ted Nolan can come back to coach the Sabres…Bolland can fit in with Vancouver, no problem…without a doubt.

  9. thatguytml92 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Good points hard to be leaf. I’d rather see the marlies start making up part of the roster. Especially on defence though.

    An awesome third line next year could be damigo holland and carter, they just need some ice time to prove themselves. If not them they could go Bodie smith and Abbott

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      I really hate how the Leafs treat their prospects.

      Two things last year really annoyed me. Josh Leivo was playing great in the preseason and start of the regular season while Clarkson was suspended. The second Clarkson was back he was demoted. Made no sense.

      Also the way they used Carter Ashton. He was lighting up the AHL, scoring goals by the bucket. What do the Leafs do when they call him up? They put him on the 4th line with McClement and Orr. How’s he supposed to produce offense with guys who don’t produce any?

      The prospect I really want to see next year is Connor Brown. He just won the OHL version of the Hart and Art Ross). He plays RW, the Lupul-Kadri line needs a RW. Seems like a fit.

      I also want to see Tyler Biggs on the 4th line instead of a useless goon like Colton Orr. Biggs has 4 golds with Team USA’s world junior team. He was even captain on one of those gold medal teams.

  10. thatguytml92 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Biggs on the fourth line I think would be a waste I’d rather see Kenny Ryan. The leafs actually got some prospects for once though hopefully we don’t trade them for injury prone almost retired players

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