Apr 3, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland (63) passes the puck against the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Boston 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers sign Dave Bolland

The Florida Panthers have made a couple major moves on the opening day of NHL Free Agency to try and get the team back into the playoffs.

The Panthers have signed center Dave Bolland to a massive five-year, $27.5 million contract. The deal reunites Bolland with the general manager who drafted him in Chicago, Dale Tallon.

Bolland was traded to Toronto last offseason as part of a cap casualty by the Chicago Blackhawks. After a disappointing, injury-plagued season in Toronto, the Maple Leafs and Bolland couldn’t come to terms on a new deal, which lead Bolland to look elsewhere.

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Bolland told TSN after the deal that he was getting closer with Toronto, but the money just wasn’t where he wanted. He also said that the ability to be with Tallon again was a big sticking point with him to signing in South Florida.

Bolland is just the latest addition of former Blackhawks to join Tallon with the Panthers. Other players include Brian Campbell, Jimmy HayesBrandon Pirri, Dylan Olsen and Tomas Kopecky.

Sound of Panthers fans! What do you think of the signing of Dave Bolland? Do you feel it was too much to invest into a player with back issues? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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