Hawks deal Bolland to Leafs, Frolik to Jets; sign Bickell
Less than a week after the fourth line scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in Boston, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman on Sunday traded away two-thirds of the line in separate deals.
In less than an hour at the NHL entry draft, Bowman sent center Dave Bolland to Toronto for three draft picks and winger Michael Frolik to Winnipeg for two more picks.
After the two trades and buying out defenseman Steve Montador and winger Rostislav Olesz last week, the Hawks had enough money under the salary cap to re-sign winger Bryan Bickell to a four-year contract woth a reported cap hit of $3.8 million.
Bolland had one year left on the fivce-year, $16.875 contract he signed with former GM Dale Tallon. His cap hit was $3.375 million.
Frolik had two years remaining on his contract that carried a cap hit of $2.33 million.
Bolland was quick to tweet: "Thank you for everything Chicago. Such amazing memories. I look forward to playing in front of my home fans wearing the Maple Leaf."
Bolland grew up a Maple Leafs fan in Mimico, Ontario. He was at home watching the draft and golf with Hawks teammate Daniel Carcillo when he learned of the trade.
"I have mixed emotions," Bolland said. "It's sort of an up and down roller coaster right now. I'm excited being a Toronto boy and watching the Leafs growing up."
Only Marcus Kruger is left from the fourth line that combined to score the Stanley Cup-winning goal in the 3-2 win at Boston last Monday.
Bolland got the goal, the biggest of his Hawks career, with 59 seconds left - and 17 seconds after Bickell's goal tied it.
Kruger now will be looked at to help replace Bolland at center either on the third or fourth line. Andrew Shaw likely will get the first shot at the third-line job.
Replacing Frolik as a penalty killer might prove to be more difficult. Frolik and Kruger formed a 1-2 punch on the PK that was as good as anyone on the league.
Meanwhile, the Hawk made West Dundee native Ryan Hartman from the Plymouth Whalers their first-round draft pick on Sunday.
Hartman, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound right wing, was taken 30th overall in New Jersey.
Hartman hits and fights and he can score. He had 23 goals, 60 points and 120 penalty minutes last season in the Ontario League.
“He’s a guy you love on your team but hate to play against,” a scout told The Hockey News. “The thing you like about him is his consistency. He plays hard every game and then you look at the score sheet at the end of the night and there he is.”
Hartman grew up a Hawks fan and listed Jonathan Toews as his favorite player.