NEWARK, N.J.– Less than a week after scoring the winning goal to give the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup championship, Dave Bolland was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The center was dealt to Toronto on Sunday for the 51st and 117th picks in the 2013 NHL draft and a fourth-round selection in the 2014 draft.
“I have mixed emotions,” Bolland told the Tribune. “I’ve been in Chicago for seven or eight years but I’m going back home to Toronto where I grew up. It’s sort of an up-and-down roller coaster right now.
“Things like this happen–they make trades,” Bolland added. “It’s a part of the game. You sort of know going into this game this can happen. It’s tough leaving this team. It’s one of the greatest organizations in the league. I’ve been here for so long.”
The Hawks followed that up by sending winger Michael Frolik, who assisted on Bolland’s winning goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins last Monday night, to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for the 74th and 134th overall selections in the draft.
With the 51st overall pick acquired in the trade, the Hawks selected 6-3, 191 pound Swedish defenseman Carl Dahlstrom.
The 27-year-old Bolland had seven goals and seven assists in 35 regular-season game with the Hawks but added three goals in 18 postseason games.