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‘Hawks trade Bollig to Flames

Jun 28, 2014, 11:34 AM EST

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The Calgary Flames have acquired tough winger Brandon Bollig from the Chicago Blackhawks. In return, the Flames sent the 83rd pick of today’s draft to the ‘Hawks, who used it to select American winger Matheson Iacopelli of USHL Muskegon.

Bollig, 27, had seven goals and seven assists in 82 games for Chicago last season. He has three years left on his contract, with a cap hit of $1.25 million.

The deal gives the ‘Hawks a bit of needed cap relief. Chicago also plans to give winger Jeremy Morin, and possibly center Teuvo Teravainen, a chance to crack the roster next season.

  1. homegrowntalentmn - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    This draft is straight boring. Hey idiots talk about the players getting drafted.. wow

  2. shamu1the1whale - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Wow, I read somewhere that Bollig had just bought a new condo in the city a few weeks ago, and now he’s being traded. I’m guessing he didn’t expect to be traded.

    • no - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      kind of feel bad for him, he definitely liked it here a lot. but that’s the business

  3. no - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    I feel as though this was a poor move for Calgary…

    half their team is tough guys already

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Umm no, the biggest knock on Calgary’s roster (aside from the lack of skill compared to top teams…which they are trying to fix) is the lack of size. If the season started today, no free agents and assuming they keep Bennett:

      Hudler-Monohan-Baertschi
      Gaudreau-Bennett-Poirier
      Glencross-Backlund-Jones
      Bollig-Stajan-McGratten

      extras: Bouma, Coulbourne

      Giordano-Brodie
      Wideman-Russell
      Smid-Wotherspoon

      Granted they’ll have to add salary, and they need right wing help (Baertschi and Poirier are both natural left Wingers) But on that lineup you have 3 tough guy types: Bollig, Bouma, McGratten, and a lot of smaller forwards. It should be noted 4 of the top 6 listed there would be eligible for the Calder this year.

      Chicago fans may want to laugh at Calgary making this trade but they have the number 6 ranked organization in the NHL for prospects currently (with Monohan being considered graduated) and had 5 picks in the first 3 rounds, so they’ve added 4 more prospects with those, what they need are size and money against the cap, trading away a 3rd to get that isn’t going to be a big deal. Calgary got what they wanted from the deal and Chicago gets some cap relief, to open up a roster spot for a younger player and a draft pick, this is a win-win trade.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        Well reasoned post – glad when folks substantiate their opinions, vs taking cheap shots at someone they disagree with.

  4. gret9 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Somewhere Coach Q is crying. ;)

  5. esracerx46 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    A third round pick for Brandon Bollig?! Hahahahahaha. Thank you Brian Burke for your hard on for “truculence”.

    • flyerspsu - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      seriously, good move by Chicago

  6. comeonnowguys - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    It’s not even Christmas or my birthday!

  7. earpaniac - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    “Truculent”? Yes. A quality hockey player? No. Nice guy, but the Hawks were a worse team when he was on the ice. I think if you’d ask most Hawk fans if they’d take a 3rd for him, their answer would’ve been, “Who’s crazy enough to do that?!”. So thanks Calgary!

  8. kane987245 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    I am starting to think CGY’s future is getting bright. Acquired a good proven player, making a play to sign back their big star player, I’ll be looking at them to have a half decent season this year and a better one after that. Well, that is if their ownership can step out of the way and let the coach, coach and let their players play.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      That’s why they hired Burke and moved Ken King to oversee the Flames empire (they own properties and every pro sports team in this city) the hockey department is now left alone.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      “A good proven player”

      Bollig is 27. And has 125 games of NHL experience. He has 7 goals and 7 assists…and 201 pim

  9. purpleguy - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Never watched Bollig much until this year’s playoffs, and based upon what I saw, I don’t suspect Hawks fans are exactly crying in their beer today.

  10. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    What is not mentioned is not only does it give some cap space, it also helps them sign another promising “size guy” who they have drafted but not signed yet, Kevin Hayes. 24th pick int he 2010 draft, played 4 years for Boston College, so at 22 is much more NHL ready than most signees. Likely holding of signing due to crowded overhead on the Hawks. Which is also why using Sharp and pick(s) to get a quality 2c make a lot of sense. Maybe toss in Nordstrom – not a cheap shot there, but you need to give a quality package to get quality.

    Now if they can just somehow move Versteeg.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      That’s not happening. Chicago was lucky to dump Carcillo. This would be pushing it.

  11. pavelfitzgerald - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I think it’s a solid trade for both teams – Chicago has room to bring up a young guy in the system as well as the ability to “draft & stash” a guy for 2-4 years (depending ob development).
    The cap savingas are really mininal though as you still need to replace him (with the best savings) being a mere $800 000 more or less. This speaks more to Chicago’s organizational depth than a cap saving move

    • chicagobtech - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      The Blackhawks are ~$400k over the cap right now. The team needs the relief.

    • wjarvis - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      I really doubt that this was a move purely for the sake of the cap. Yes the Hawks are slightly under the cap right now (~770k), but will likely still have to make another move to stay under the cap since they only have 21 players right now (and that includes players like Nordstrom who may not be on the roster). If they want to make room for players like Teuvo as they allude to in the article they’d have to trade someone else too, in order to fit his 900k cap hit.

  12. mikemj - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Had the Blackhawks made this trade a month ago they might be Champs right now.

    • 19to77 - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Ahahahahaha yeah the 83rd pick in the draft would have saved them from the Kings I’m sure

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        I think it’s more it would have prevented Q from playing Bollig instead of the young guys. Bollig, Versteeg and Zus killed that “The Hawks are deep enough to beat anyone” myth last year. No. No they were not.

  13. luz56 - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I like the trade from a Flames fan point… Leadership and size is what they need.. Good young core coming up in the next couple years and the future is bright…. Top 6 teams in Western Conference all have size and talent…you are not going to win with small talent

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