Done deal: Dave Bolland for a 2nd (2013) and two fourth round draft picks (2013, 2014).
Leafs have their two scoring centers now with Kadri and Grabovski, and their two checking guys with Bolland+McClement. Feisty C group now.
— Anthony Petrielli (@APetrielli) June 30, 2013
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 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
Does this mean Bolland is getting his ring when we play the blackhawks? That'll fire the boys right up!!
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?
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.
So in the 10,000 trade proposals on this site daily (weekly, monthly, yo yearly) did anyone have Bolland for picks?
Everybody excited about Gauthier? Personally i would've been a little more excited with Shinkaruk, but he'll just get ruined in Van anyway like Schroeder lol.
Well this draft is done for me. Going to watch Top Gear new Season 20. See ya tomorrow gents. Happy Canada Day.
Raptors trading Bargnani for the Knicks 1st, Marcus Camby, and Novak. Can't believe they got ANYTHING, for the guy lolll.
@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?
@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.
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.
@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.
I think his work ethic is what really caused him to slip. Not losing much sleep from that.
@Savo43 A sleeper?
Seems like another McKegg type player. Will put up points in OHL and project to 3-4 liner in NHL.
@Savo43 really? thats interesting
@Savo43 Masai Ujiri just made it clear that he's miles and miles better than Colangelo with his first move. No wonder that Colangelo quit earlier this week. He was never going to move Bargs, and was obviously upset that someone else had the good sense to do it if they could. I have no explanation I can think of for his obstinate allegiance to the player outside of some weird Italian pride issue.
What?? Is that true??
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.
@Waiting4LSC An awesome trade.
@Waiting4LSC Couldn't disagree more. Great trade. Huge addition to our 3rd line and penalty kill. Very underrated skill level as well.
lol you can't guarantee anything