NHL Rumors: Blackhawks shopping Dave Bolland

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

After scoring the Cup-clinching goal, Dave Bolland is rumored to be on the trade block. (USATSI)
After scoring the Cup-clinching goal, Dave Bolland is rumored to be on the trade block. (USATSI)

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On Monday, Dave Bolland was scoring the biggest goal of his NHL career to give the Chicago Blackhawks their second Stanley Cup in four seasons.

On Thursday, word is surfacing that he's being shopped by the Blackhawks in trade talks, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

Such is life in the fast-moving NHL.

Bolland scored seven goals to go with seven assists in 35 games this season, which is similar to what he's done over the rest of his career. The Blackhawks typically use Bolland to handle a lot of their tough defensive assignments, and he is often matched up against other team's best players and called on to take defensive-zone faceoffs.

In years past, he's handled that role quite well, but he seemed to take a step back this year as his possession numbers (Corsi rating, a plus-minus statistic that uses total shot attempts) saw a significant drop. That's not exactly a positive sign going forward.

Bolland still has one year remaining on his current contract and will count $3.75 million against the salary cap in 2013-14.

The fact that he just scored the game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Final is sure to give his name a boost, but it's hard to believe there's an NHL general manager out there that would let that one play overshadow his play this season.

If the Blackhawks do end up trading him, it calls into question what they're going to do at center because the depth would take a bit of a hit once you get past Jonathan Toews.

 
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