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Leafs Acquire Dave Bolland for Three Draft Picks

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Done deal: Dave Bolland for a 2nd (2013) and two fourth round draft picks (2013, 2014).

Bolland has been a 40-or-so point center for the Blackhawks for the last five seasons, and rose to prominence as a third line beast with his playoff heroics in 2010 (note: that Cup win ended a rather extended drought for his franchise). Fresh off scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal a week ago, he served the role of a “tweener” center for the Hawks last season and brings two Cup rings worth of character and experience despite only recently turning 27. He will earn $3.37 million on the cap for one more season before he’s eligible to hit UFA in 2014.

Bolland is known for his hard-nosed character, defensive instincts and two-way ability. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville used him in all situations, be it penalty kill or (more rarely) even the occasional powerplay. We can expect Bolland to take over the shutdown center role for Randy Carlyle, who through necessity or otherwise misused Mikhail Grabovski in that role all of last season. We can expect Grabovski, assuming he’s still here, will be freed up to play more of a scoring role with Bolland in the lineup.

The center has good speed and shot, relishes in driving to the net and finishes his checks. Bolland plays the game with no fear, relishing in giving out contact as well as receiving it. He loves to throw a hit or two just to get fired up and in the game, and for that Leafs fans will love him. He does have injury concerns and tops out at around 40 points depending on his role.

One upside of this deal is that Bolland immediately replaces Komarov’s pest factor and inserts a better overall hockey player in the lineup. A true third line center should help out on the defensive end of things, allowing Carlyle to fill the shutdown more appropriately while providing some jam and secondary scoring in the process. We’ll have to see if this leads to a center moving out or not before making any concrete conclusions about Nonis’ direction.

I'm Mislav, a Croat living in Zagreb. I love the Leafs and write hockey things. First wrote on Leafspace, then did some work on LeafsHQ for about a year and a half and have been a proud member of Maple Leafs Hot Stove ever since. Also wrote for the Hockey News (that one time was sweet!), have been covering Medvescak Zagreb for the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga and the KHL as part of KHL.hr. @Xterratu on Twitter.

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415 comments
Brent
Brent

I watched Bolland play his whole jr career in london.  He is exactly what the leafs need. He put up big numbers playing behind guys like perry, so he has the skill. He was always a fan favorite and it shows he can adapt to just about any scenerio.  He is the perfect canadian hockey player and playing for his hometown team will only make it better. awesome pickup

alvintrilliams
alvintrilliams

Does this mean Bolland is getting his ring when we play the blackhawks? That'll fire the boys right up!!

Claymish
Claymish

Grabo is gone, he nor Kadri have had any success playing with Kessel. Kadri will be number 2, Grabo will be bought out and replaced. I felt Colborne was going to get the protected 3rd line spot Kadri had...guess not. Dare we assume Colborne will be traded now?

TOHockeyNut
TOHockeyNut

After the trade for Bolland  for Nonis to sign any significant UFA he is going to have to shed salary either through buy outs or trade.

The_Duke
The_Duke

didnt get the draft feed but got the Yankees Baltimroe game ...so cool

daniel marois
daniel marois

Just sit back and watch some good ones snapped up until the next Leafs pick...

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

I'm out boys. Happy with the picks and tweak trades so far. More to come this week and through the summer. Work in progress. Cheers

daniel marois
daniel marois

Yup.  Gonna be a long time till next Leafs pick....

Pent_House
Pent_House

Time to roll up. Next pick is 5th round 

The_Duke
The_Duke

draft off anyone got a feed for the last 200 rounds

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Soon time for some beers, tunes  and a fire

ingy56
ingy56

James Mirtle ‏@mirtle

7s

Bickell gets a four year deal for what I'm hearing is pretty big money. Gets some of what Frolik and Bolland were earning.

Tommy Cat
Tommy Cat

So in the 10,000 trade proposals on this site daily (weekly, monthly, yo yearly) did anyone have Bolland for picks?

PeterZeroOne
PeterZeroOne

@Claymish you say "Grabo will be bought out and replaced. ".  hey, if Nonis manages to pick up a UFA like Lecavalier (doubt he'll end up signing here but who knows) then yeah, I can see Grabbo being bought out for the cap space.  But otherwise?   How are the Leafs going to replace Grabbo? And what can or should they give up to get a replacement centreman?

Savo43
Savo43

@Claymish Ok um, Kadri and Grabo have both had success playing with Kessel. Not to mention Grabovski hasn't gotten the opportunity, however during line changes where he and Grabo have been coincidentally on the ice at the same time, have created offense seemingly everytime. As for Colborne, he's still young, nobody needs to be forced into the lineup before theyre ready, and they don't need to be traded just because its not their time yet. (He's 2 years younger than Frattin). Not to mention, when the heck was Kadri our 3rd line center last year? I seriously question you watching the team play last year. 

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Wiski. This trade is nuts from the standpoint of giving up picks, We are taking on salary and giving Chicago entry level contracts. this is bad use of the cap even if it is a great pick up.

dlb meh
dlb meh

@Loric76 

we'll get there hen we feel like it.  maybe.  eventually.  whatev.

leafmealone
leafmealone

@Tommy Cat I actually threw it out there earlier when they were reporting the Leafs and Hawks talking after we picked in the first round. Said it would be Bolland for our second rounder plus more.

Claymish
Claymish

Umm, kadri played most of the year getting 3rd line center minutes. So I guess I form my opinion from observation and facts. Grabo will not be playing with Kessel I can guarantee that.

Savo43
Savo43

@Waiting4LSC Couldn't disagree more. Great trade. Huge addition to our 3rd line and penalty kill. Very underrated skill level as well. 

wiski
wiski

@Waiting4LSC We need a few of these type of guys in the room, guys who know what it takes to win. It will be interesting to see what he signs for though.

Loric76
Loric76

@dlb eh @Loric76 but then how will you comment about the 6th for two 7th's blockbuster Nonis is going to pull off?

dlb meh
dlb meh

@Tommy Cat 

or was that for Clutterbuck lol

i had Bolland on my CAPGEEK roster.  along with Gordon, Clarkson and Clutterbuck, mind you.

dlb meh
dlb meh

@Tommy Cat @dlb eh 

i'm real hopeful

also, to make the CAP fit with all them Liles and Komi had to move (but that might have been with Letang in there too)  i was going for the all rumour team.