Bolland Signing Official?

TSN is now reporting that Dave Bolland has agreed to a five year deal with an annual cap hit of 3.375.  This is lower than the intial report that had an annual hit of 3.6.  I suppose we’ll just have to wait for the Blackhawks to officially announce this signing before we know for 100% certainty. 

My best guess is they’re waiting to announce the signings of their restricted free agents together, which should probably come within the next 24 hours or so.

One quick more note about the Bolland contract- Make no mistake, this is NOT a fair market contract.  The Hawks paid for Bolland’s potential, not his past performance.  It will be interesting to see what the fan (and media) reaction to Bolland next year will be.  It’s one thing to be a pleasant surprise scoring a goal once a week while playing on a rookie contract.  It’s another to be doing that with $3.375 million next to his name.  Just ask Dustin Byfuglien how that went for him.

Byfuglien was a pleasant surprise in the 2007-08 campaign, bouncing back and forth between wing and defense.  He notched 19 goals and 17 assists in 67 games after being called up shortly after the season started.  His best game was on November 30th against the Coyotes when he had a hat trick and an assist in a 6-1 drubbing of the Coyotes

Going into last summer, there were significant worries that some team was going to send Byfuglien an offer sheet the Hawks couldn’t afford to match.  So instead, they gave Byfuglien a significant raise (a 3 year, $9 million contract) and to go with it, a huge bullseye on his back.  

Now, Bolland will have to deal with the same inflated expectations based on his contract.  If he becomes a point-per-game player and shutdown center like Steve Konroyd tells everyone he is, then this will be one of the best contracts in the league.  But if Bolland is the same player as this past season, then it will be very interesting to see how quick people will throw dirt on him.  

It’s taken awhile, but the Hawks off-season is finally starting to kick into gear.

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11 Responses to Bolland Signing Official?

  1. Lou says:

    One thing that I like is the Hawks have kept it out of the media. Frustrating for us but shows they are serious and running a buisness.

    I think Bolland is gonna turn out all right. He plays harder than Buff does every shift.

  2. Lou says:

    According to the Trib…

    The contracts are awating league approval. We also siged Niemi and Jake Dowell. Boy that is exciting.

  3. CT says:

    CSN reported last night that Tallon was close to a deal with Khabibulin.

    I have no idea why.

  4. Patrick says:

    I would hope that the Khabby deal would be a one year deal like the rumored Havlat deal and it would be great if both guys put “team first” and signed, but who knows how it will play out.

    Like has been said, the Bolland deal will be asteal if he’s a legit 2nd center and will be horrible if he’s really a third-liner. With that, the hawks now need to sign a F to play with him as I think that Ladd should stay down on the third line.

    What’ll the lines look like now?

  5. Lou says:

    I think something is brewing.

    If you believe the Hockey Buzz stuff, Niemi and Bolland are priorty. It makes u wonder on Crawford. I think the Khabi think is pure scuttle.

    Nothing on Bouwer, Steeg or Barker. One would think offers have been tendered.

    On a nice note. Adams earned a spot with the Pens for the next two years.

    It is gonna be a fun next 24 hours

  6. John says:

    I agree, I see absolutely zero reason to lock up Khabibulin, unless he’s willing to take a contract for the league minimum.

  7. Lou says:

    LeBrun’s blog on ESPN has some Tallon quotes about locking up Bolland

  8. Patrick says:

    Just read from Al Cimaglia on espnChicago that the Hawks might try to trade Huet – more power to ’em, but who in the hell would take him and what evil contact would they have to take in return? The Hawks can’t be that lucky, can they? Sounds like silly-talk to me…

  9. John says:

    Don’t believe everything you read. Huet is going nowhere. Why would any team make a trade for a goalie when a whole bunch of them are about to become free agents. It’s silly talk.

  10. Lou says:

    Bolland is now confirmed on the Hawks website. Along with the signing of Niemi and Dowell. Nothing on the other guys at all.

    And If NYR got MTL to take Gomez anything is possible

  11. Patrick says:

    That’s what I figured. Crap… Not that Huet is all that bad (and not that Khabby can repeat last season) but I hate his contract in this salary cap era (same for Campbell’s too) – the Hawks are so close, but yet so far.

    I think that Versteeg is back (unless someone makes a stupid run at him), Barker possibly gets traded (or signed – 50/50) and Brouwer is gone with Beech taking his place. Sammy P – would like to see him back at the right number to be a third-center.

    No clue on the UFA’s signing with the Hawks.

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