The Flames have acquired winger Brandon Bollig from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for the 83rd overall selection, originally acquired for Lee Stempniak. So that trade is now Lee Stempniak for Brandon Bollig.
Bollig, 27, is big and mean. He’s 6’2″ and 225 pounds. The native of St. Charles, MO had spent his entire NHL career to this point with Chicago, where he won a Stanley Cup last year (he barely played but got a ring and is on the Cup). His offense is basically non-existent – 14 points in 125 games – but he also has over 200 PIMs, most via fights. He’s basically a younger version of Kevin Westgarth, who also won a Stanley Cup without playing much (Westgarth at all) in the playoffs. In other news, probably don’t expect Westgarth back. Just a hunch.
Bollig is under contract for 3 more years with a cap hit of $1.25 million. For a fourth liner who’ll probably sit a lot, that’s perfectly fine. This trade is…a move. It’s hard to really get excited or disappointed about it.