I met him three times. He was always kind and nice as could be.
He did take some stupid penalties, got hurt quite a bit, and didn't score enough for the money, but he was a little pest that came up clutch more than most for this franchise. I'll always be grateful for his time here and will remember his tenure in Chicago fondly. I would also never close the door on a return if the right situation emerged. However, for now, I wish him the best of luck in his home city playing for the team he (probably) grew up cheering for.
Really going to miss Bolland. I've watched him his entire career. He was great in London, and then was obviously a great Blackhawk. Most on this board knows that I didn't want the Hawks to trade Bolland, but I understand why they did. He'll have a bounce back year in Toronto next year and I hope to see him flourish in the big smoke.
Chicago traded away a warrior today. As much as I understand the reasoning for it, the fact remains, that Chicago traded away a heart-and-soul guy. He'll be missed.
Thanks for the memories Bolland. You'll go down as one of my favourite Hawks all-time.
The more I think about it the more pissed I get. This guy was a core member of this team. Was instrumental in the Hawks winning both Cups. The only other players you can say that about are Keith, Seabs, Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Hammer, don't see us trading any of them. That's the class he is apart of.
Love him, will always love him, even when he is back here slashing Toews in the back of the legs and getting him sent to the box for retaliating and laughing at the Hawks bench as he skates by.