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Another reunion: Florida inks Bolland — five years, $27.5M

Jul 1, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but Dale Tallon has acquired another ex-Chicago Blackhawk.

This time, it’s center Dave Bolland — the former ‘Hawk and Maple Leaf has agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million deal with the Florida Panthers.

“Me and Dale go back a while,” Bolland told TSN, adding that Tallon “brought that Stanley Cup team to Chicago” before saying he feels that Tallon can do the same thing in Florida.

“I’m going to come in there and help some of these young guys out,” Bolland said, noting that the Panthers have Roberto Luongo in goal as well as some “great young centerman.”

One of the most talked-about free agents on the market, Bolland negotiated long and hard on an extension with Toronto before finally deciding to join his ex-GM in Florida. The pair spent several years together with the ‘Hawks, before Tallon was relieved of his duties and Bolland was shipped to the Leafs in a cap-relief move last summer.

Other ex-‘Hawks brought aboard by Tallon in Florida include Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri and Dylan Olsen.

Earlier today, the Panthers made another big splash in free agency by agreeing to terms with LW Jussi Jokinen on a four-year, $16 million deal.


  1. nyrnashty - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    5.5 million?????????? lol

    • gret9 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Two words for you….Dale Tallon. Players agents love the man and rational GM’s hate him.

  2. billiam55 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    hahah bolland just committed a huge bank robbery.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    lols, no one wants to play in Toronto. Bolland said they were getting there on the $ front, but decided to go with his old GM.

    Gorges rejects toronto and Bolland essentially does the same.

    no one wants to play in toronto unless forced by circumstances, trade, etc… LOLS

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Bolland wanted to play in Toronto, but even their front office wasn’t crazy enough to meet this asking price. Hardly comes as a surprise that he would take an offer that exceeded his initial asking price with the Leafs.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        He said they were close on $ but he decided to go with his ex-GM instead. he did reject Toronto. if Toronto was any good or a good place to play would he reject them? No. LOLS at Leafs.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Really? You just get off the phone with him?

        All I’ve heard is that they were far apart in negotiations but that he wasn’t ruling out a return. Then Florida blew him out of the water by topping his own asking price. But I’m not in the business of building narratives and spewing vitriol, so carry on.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        he said it himself on TSN in the phone interview that they had with him.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        “No, we were there, we were getting there, the dollars were a little bit too far apart.”

        That’s a non-committal answer that sounds ambiguous at best. Nice spin by yourself though.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        I feel bad for Leafs and their fans. Always coming up short or being humiliated in one way or another. What makes it worse though is when the fans try to cover for the team’s failings.

        in other markets with rational fans, they pull their dollars, but not in Toronto where they are cult like in their following. i believe that’s why the team is always performing so poorly no matter what Cherry might say, your team is not on the upswing or even a contender.

        Florida has more promise than y’all do. Even Buffalo with what they are doing is better off. Burke and company wasted the top picks you would have had for being really shiite by trading them for Kessel.

        It’s kind a funny, but it is a sad situation for you all.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        Well, you sure showed me.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        i’m not trying to show you anything bruv. i find it funny the way Leafs fans continue to set themselves up for derision by fans of other teams by always ‘planning the parade’ or listening to what homers like Cherry have to say about the team.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        I plan the parade every time they win two in a row. Got so many routes I think the City of Toronto will need a few new roads.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      I wouldn’t want to give Bolland that kind of money, but the Leafs were prepared to give close to that amount today and were close on the money, and publicly NONIS said they’d offer 5 mill via his cousin or relative Dredger.

      • elrock7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        kaptaanclueless, you sound like someone who is ready to leap out of that closet@

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        so what are you really trying to say? sounds to me like it wouldn’t really be appropriate, especially, considering World Pride day festivities were running in T. the last few days…

    • elrock7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM


      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Oh yeah, it’s just funny cuz Leafs fans are so full of themselves and their team. going on last season about how their team was trending up and Canucks were on the way down, etc… Leafs fans always fail to see the light, but the players are speaking with where they are signing unless its a total overpay like with Clarkson and we all know how that’s worked out.

  4. sjsharks66 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    This is just bad.

  5. canada2014gold - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Good for you Toronto, this would have been another Clarkson deal. If guys don’t want to play in Toronto than their loss.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I guess it’s hard to sign good players when you give Clarkson a 7 year deal @ $5.25

    • elrock7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Leafs have 5th most cap space, just are noy going to meet ridiculous demands by 3rd line players.

  7. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Never been a better time to be a third/fourth line center.

  8. jpat2424 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Love bolland. But that is crazy bad money to give him.

  9. canada2014gold - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    I’m a canucks fan but I have to give credit to Nonis. Bolland is not worth 5 mil. He’s a 3rd liner and is at best a 4 mil player if he stays healthy. Leafs do not need a contract like that.

  10. timmylaz99 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    The agents gotta love those teams that really need to spend to make it to the salary cap floor. One of the worst contracts for the free agent period so far

  11. J.M. Garlock - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Tallon desperate to make Cats better. Nobody goes to their games & if they do half of them are rooting for the other team. New owner has $$ to spend. Panthers will still suck.

  12. robocop3999 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    What a dumb contract. 5.5M for a third line center at best. Yessh.

  13. timmylaz99 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Florida is really making Buffalo look smart. Both teams need to spend to the cap. Buffalo is spending smart with an eye towards the future and Florida is just throwing around dollars like they did a few years ago.

  14. 19to77 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Gotta keep up with the rising floor over the next few years somehow, I guess.

    But seriously though this is terrible.

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