Blackhawks Trade Bolland, Resign Bickell and Draft Hartman

Blackhawks Trade Bolland, Resign Bickell and Draft Hartman

Fresh off of a Stanley Cup win, the Chicago Blackhawks’ front office has already started to look towards next year’s roster. Yesterday, just two days after the Stanley Cup championship parade and rally, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman began making moves during the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey.

Bowman traded center Dave Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 51st and 117th overall picks in this year’s Draft and a fourth-round selection in next year’s.  Bolland, 27, had been on the Hawks for all seven years of his NHL career and this year he registered 14 points in 35 games of the strike-shortened 48 game schedule.  He was actually more productive in the 2010 championship run, scoring eight goals with eight assists.  But that’s not to forget the most important goal of them all in this postseason — his Stanley Cup-winning goal in the third period of Game 6 which came just 17 seconds after Bryan Bickell tied the game up.  Bolland scored that goal just six days before his trade out of town. One of the Hawks who assisted that Bolland goal was also traded.  Center Michael Frolik, 25, was traded to the Winnipeg Jets for the 74th and 134th overall selections in the Draft.  Frolik was acquired from the Florida Panthers during the 2010-11 season.  He was not a big scorer during his time with the Hawks, never gaining more than 15 points in any of his three seasons here, but was known for contributions on the penalty kill unit.

Both of these deals are believed to be salary dumps due to the fact that only draft picks were acquired in return and Bolland and Frolik were due $3,375,000 and $1,900,000, respectively.  The Blackhawks must keep their entire roster under the $64.3 million 2013-14 salary cap.T rading away the salaries of Bolland and Frolik allowed the Blackhawks to aggressively pursue a contract extension with the left winger Bickell.  Bickell, 27, who scored the first goal in those 17 seconds to tie the sixth game of the Stanley Cup Finals, scored 23 points in the regular season while playing all 48 games and 17 points in 23 postseason games.  His contract is worth an estimated total of $16 million over four years.

The Blackhawks had eight selections in the seven-round draft and were given the last pick of the first round (#30 overall) because they won the Stanley Cup.  And with that pick the Hawks chose Illinois native Ryan Hartman, a tough right winger who craves physical play.  He most recently played for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League where he scored 23 goals and tallied 37 assists in 56 games this season.  So even though the Hawks just won it all, Bowman and the front office are already putting the team in position to do it again.

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