Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig Agree On Extension

On Monday morning, the Blackhawks announced that the team and forward Brandon Bollig have agreed on a three-year contract extension. According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the deal has a $1.25M cap hit.

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Bollig, 27, has six goals, six assists and 69 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Hawks this season.

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27 Responses to Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig Agree On Extension

  1. Peter says:

    Um, wow. He must be the only potential “enforcer” we have in the system. Good for Brandon and I have always liked him in the 4th line roll because of his shot and ability to cycle when the puck is in the offensive zone. He also knows his role exactly…and plays it.

    The money might $250K to $350K higher than I would have liked.

  2. JS says:

    ………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Remember when I was making fun of the deal the San Jose Sharks gave Adam Burish?

    What the hell? How can the Hawks not have a single player in their system that can come up and produce as well as he can for a much lower salary?

  3. AJ says:

    Bollig would be worth 1.25 if he could sustain a cycle… I have doubts about his ability to not biff the puck away.

    This deal is pretty laughable. He probably got a NMC too. Super weird. What do you pay Kooga if Bollig gets 1.25?

  4. AJ says:

    The “enforcer” is no longer a relevant roster player in any capacity. This is especially true in the playoffs.

  5. Peter says:

    We really do seem to be blocking some of the prospects we have in the system from reaching the NHL, although I think Bollig’s role is unique. I feel we might have a number of players who can play like Ben Smith does (although he is a very good 4th liner). Is our system full of players with Bollig’s slightly bigger size, willingness to hit, and ability to utilize the limited skill he possesses? I mean Bollig is John Scott, except that he can play hockey.

  6. MS says:

    I’m a little surprised at 3 years instead of 2 but this certainly confirms that the organization believes he has earned his role on the team – not a big role but another small piece to the puzzle. He has worked hard to improve and it appears he fits very well in the room. I don’t think we give enough consideration to the importance of team chemistry which I think SB focuses on quite a bit. Given Bollig’s role I don’t see him blocking any key prospects.

  7. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Why is this move necessary? If Bolig were to hit the open market would another team make this kind of offer? I like Bolig, and what he brings but seriously there isn’t a cheaper option available for that role? Do the Hawks really need to pay every player a million dollars. IMO this signals Stan will not make any move because he just drained the remaining cap space. Just put up the “closed” sign out side the Hawks office for this trade deadline.

  8. wall says:

    JS- Agree… I had him pegged at $800k-900k… head scratch?? He is the next Ben Eager (who is now in AHL)… Hartman/McNeill couldn’t be as good as him next year???

    WTF

    But – wouldn’t it be funny if they threw 52/TT/88 on a line and 52 scored 15g’s+/yr!!!
    If he Just went to the net…TT/Kane could ping-pong pucks off of him for 15g’s

  9. Dave says:

    1. Why are we comparing Scott and Bollig?

    2. How is a 4th liner hampering a prospect’s development?

    3. Hawks weren’t going to make a trade at the deadline.

  10. morrison says:

    How much is the cap going up again.

    Theres not much diff between .925 & 1.225 but I guess if its not 2way then it doesn’t matter anyways.

    For anybody who said shit about 52, now hes here to stay for a long time, ha.

  11. Peter says:

    Dave, I compared Scott to Bollig in that Bollig seems to have been given the mantle of “enforcer” even though true enforcers seem to be going away, which I am for when penalties are harsh and consistent for intentionally doing something stupid on the ice. When Bollig first smelled some sustained presence in the NHL, Scott became expendable and I find it incredible the Hawks were able to get anything for him.

    Prospects not named Saad usually cut their teeth at the NHL level for the Hawks on the fourth line unless they are filling in a specific need like when Pirri played 2C this year or Morin filling in elsewhere throughout the lineup. Ben Smith, Bollig, Kruger, Jimmy Hayes, Eager, Bickell all seemed to have gotten the majority of their playing time in Chicago early on being a member of the fourth line. However, I still classify Bollig as being a different type of prospect than others because he is a 4th Liner. I don’t see a scenario where he consistently develops into anything more than that. If he is taking a spot on the 4th line, we are running out of spots for any prospects as the Top 6 seems set (outside of 2C, but that seems to be TT). Versteeg, Saad, and Shaw seem to be pretty well set on the 3rd line. If Bollig is getting this money and Kruger is so valuable at what he does…the one spot open is Ben Smith’s who has played extremely well this year.

  12. Mike says:

    WOW…..big contract by comparison. Bollig must clean Qs house and cook for him on their off days……….

  13. wall says:

    Tab’s photo of 52 at the top of this article…perfectly sums up 52′s abilities!!!
    PRICELESS!!!

    He gets paid $1.25M/yr. to do that for 3 more years???

  14. JS says:

    Contract doesn’t kick in until next year, SSHM.

    Look, I like Bollig. He works his ass off and does the most he can with a (very) limited skill set. I pined for him over Carcillo last year because I knew he was a better player… but I don’t know what he can do at the NHL level that a handful of guys in the minors can’t do better.

    Dave- there is now one less roster spot for 3 more years. That is, indeed, hampering a prospects development. Hartman, McNeil, Ross, Danault, Nordstrom, Morin, etc.

    Wall- If Q puts Bollig on a line with Kane, Kane will start looking up property in Buffalo.

  15. Sr. Brad says:

    I completely agree with the consensus here…I like how Bollig has improved his overall game this season, but he is NOT essential or even necessary…he is NOT an enforcer…he has 69 PIMs this season, and lot of those are minor penalties…getting one’s face beat in every month does not make you an enforcer…and again, enforcers are a dying breed in the NHL, especially come playoff time…

    If the Hawks were an average team with issues in their farm system, I could see this deal, but with the loaded talent we have, Bollig is just BLOCKING development…Garret Ross and Mark McNeil could easily fill this role, including the “toughness” aspect, next year…and to give him $1.25 million is kind of nuts…if Bollig hits the open market, he doesn’t get this deal…

    Again, I like Bollig’s improvement, especially with taking the body consistently, but how is he the future of the Hawks??? If a kid like Morin had played on that 4th line this year next to Smith and Kruger, that line would have tripled their production…and he doesn’t stand up for anyone on the team??? Head scratcher for sure…

  16. Dickie Dunn says:

    I like Bollig – I believe he’s a decent 4th line player when he doesn’t take stupid penalties.

    Sr. Brad, “getting one’s face beat in every month does not make you an enforcer” – Really? Bollig lost decisively to McGratton this year and lost one to Chris Stewart last season, but besides a few draws/fights-that-never-got-going, he’s won more than he’s lost. “enforcers are a dying breed in the NHL” – but there are still quite a fights, and there are still players who take cheap shots…(deterrent/retaliation is a different discussion)

  17. shaacul says:

    Compare his cantract to Ryan Reaves money. Bollig is better all around player, beat Reaves every times they fight. This is Bolligs CONTRACT, long, for juicy money. Not much enforcer can play as long as Thornton does.
    Btw. his type of player, on the end of contract, would have in this time usually 10-15 fights so far (Sestito, Gazdic). Bollig has 3. Why, I believe it´s because of Q ask him not to fight when it´s not necessarily and he´s got rewards from GM to be good soldier.

  18. Sr. Brad says:

    Dickie, defending Bollig’s fighting skills is a dying breed…

    But again, Bollig is much more than a fighter…he can skate and has a good shot…so there is ability there…is it enough to keep the young prospects out of the league???

  19. MS says:

    I don’t see Bollig blocking Ross or McNeil who are in their first year of pro hockey. Hopefully they continue to develop at a nice pace but will need at least another full year in the AHL IMO. Meanwhile no one seems to be focused on the fact that the 4th line has been incredibly consistent all year playing against much better talent. I heard Q say over the weekend that they have been the second best line many nights. Similar to the Bruins who get great contributions from their 4th line that has been fairly stable over the past few years.

  20. Peter says:

    And our 4th line consistently gets reset season after season. It really is remarkable the level they play at.

  21. Dickie Dunn says:

    Sr. Brad, I said, “I believe he’s a decent 4th line player when he doesn’t take stupid penalties.” That he is also willing and able to fight if the situation calls for it is a bonus. As long as guys like Reaves, Roussel, Sestito, Cody McLeod, and a few others are still “playing”, you never know. And, I agree completely with MS, “the fact that the 4th line has been incredibly consistent all year playing against much better talent.” – Bollig contributes to that effectiveness (most games).

    I don’t know that it’s a fair assumption that Bollig is doing anything to “keep the young prospects out of the league” — would any of these prospects play his role on the 4th line? I mean the Hawks best prospects can’t be projected to be 4th line players, right?

  22. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    I’m happy for Bollig. Well deserved in my estimation. He is part of what makes the 4th line go, and YES his physical presence is crucial on a team that is otherwise characterized as soft. The presence of Bollig is an inhibitor (on some level) to shit coming to the doorstep of Kane, Toews, Sharp, etc. To underestimate the importance of the Bollig role is to be shit stupid in hockey.

    Bollig has also worked his ass off to become a quality role player in this league. He has OBVIOUS limitations to his game, but so what. He isn’t here to be Brandon Saad or Patrick Sharp at LW.

    I like Bollig. The organization likes Bollig. And this was a good smart hockey move that also does NOTHING to stymie the forward progress of other role player types (e.g., Joakim Nordstrom).

  23. JS says:

    The thing is, Kruger and Smith aren’t really fourth liners either. The Hawks don’t really have a “fourth line”. If you look around the league, most of the guys on the end of the bench are getting 6-8 minutes a game. Kruger and his mates get about 20% of even strength time. I can’t think of another “fourth line” in the league that plays that much and gets the toughest competition (this varies based upon opponent).

    Bollig is a fine 12th/13th forward, but I have serious doubts that the 4th line wouldn’t be better with a Morin… I am guessing this because Morin did an insane job of driving possession in the little time he got this year. We need WARP in hockey.

  24. JS says:

    Quick question, Ruffie.

    Who was the player in the playoffs last year that was the “inhibitor”? Carcillo and Bollig played a combined 60 minutes in 9 playoff games last year.

    How many more Stanley Cups do the Blackhawks have to win while being at the bottom of the league in hits until people realize that they are completely trivial?

  25. wall says:

    MS and JS- Let me provide an MSDS sheet on the Hawks “true” 3rd line… 52/16/28
    -playing the other team’s best line most nites and doing quite well…
    and MS- Q isn’t the 1st guy around to point out how good that “4th” line has been…

    That line has been great (and could be even better w 11?) … but that line and any line looks good next to that “3rd” line that Q has skated so far this year….

  26. JS says:

    I don’t know wall, that Kruger line might not be as good if they didn’t have a big bruising deterent keeping them safe! It’s more important to have the big bruiser with limited hockey skill than a possession driving scorer. Duh!

  27. Travis says:

    I don’t touch that fourth line. They’ve been our most consistent line all season. It’s the best fourth line I’ve seen in a long time. Whatever Bollig is doing, it’s working. Reward him.

    Bollig plays simple, fundamental hockey. Stays within himself. He makes smart decisions dumping the puck, and has an above-average shot. Good skating and defensive effort (see picture above), solid player. Popular in the locker room, good with reporters, good ambassador for the team. Not afraid to bang some bodies and crash the net.

    He works his ass off, Hawks reward him. I’m fine with it.

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