Some people say it is always best to leave when you are on top. Well Dave Bolland couldn't get any higher than scoring the game winner in Game 6 to help the Blackhawks win their second championship in 4 years.
On Sunday shortly after making their first round selection, the Blackhawks traded Bolland, 27, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks. With the trade the Hawks get the 51st & 117th picks this year plus a 2014 fourth round pick.
The trade now gives Chicago a second round pick, which they didn't have this year, and a second 4th round pick. Their 2nd & 3rd round picks went to Winnipeg in the Johnny Oduya trade.
The move didn't come as a surprise to Bolland who admitted during the week that he has heard the rumors and handled them very professionally. With his departure it leaves the team with over $11 million in cap space which almost ensures that Bryan Bickell will be resigned.
Bolland will always be remembered for helping turn the Hawks into winners. He was a key member of both Cup winning teams and if not for some injuries, might have been the second line center the team has been searching for.
Love him or hate him, his defense will be missed. His departure leaves the Hawks with just 7 members of the 2010 team remaining.
Personally I'm just glad he is headed East like most of the players Stan Bowman has traded away. I look forward to seeing him drive Eastern conference coaches and stars crazy.