He helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup but that didn’t stop the team from parting ways with Dave Bolland. The Blackhawks pulled the trigger on a trade that sent Bolland east to Toronto earlier on Sunday evening during the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The Chicago center is on his way to Toronto after a draft-day trade — the Leafs gave the ‘Hawks their 51st and 117th overall selections from this year’s draft, and a fourth-rounder at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Bolland scored the game winning goal for the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins and helped give the world the most exciting 17 second of hockey we’ve seen in some time.
But much like the last time they won they Cup, Chicago has to prioritize their needs as they simply don’t have the means to keep the entire team intact the way they’d like to. Viktor Stalberg is already leaving via free agency and now Bolland joins him as a name leaving town before next season gets under way.
Toronto has been looking to improve their roster despite the fact that nearly knocked off the Bruins before the Blackhawks got that chance in the Stanley Cup. They traded with the Los Angeles Kings to acquire netminder Jonathan Breiner and now have snagged themselves another Western Conference stud to place on their roster.
Chicago ended up also trading away Michael Frolik to the Winnipeg Jets in what appears to be an effort to clear cap space for free agency. Chicago knows how to build winning teams though and the last time they deconstructed their Stanley Cup winner, it resulted in another title two years later, so Blackhawks fans have reason to have faith in their team’s decisions.