Blackhawks trade Bolland, sign Bickell to 4-year contract

June 30, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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NEWARK, N.J., June 30 (UPI) -- The Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks Sunday traded forward Dave Bolland to Toronto and signed forward Bryan Bickell to a four-year contract.

The Blackhawks dealt Bolland -- who notched three goals and three assists in 18 post-season appearances in Chicago's march to the NHL championship -- to the Maple Leafs for two picks in the ongoing 2013 draft and a 2014 fourth-round draft choice.

Bolland endeared himself to Blackhawks fans by netting the winning goal late in regulation during the decisive Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.

Meanwhile, the team signed Bickell, another playoff hero, to a four-year contract.

The 27-year-old pending free agent, who amassed nine goals and 17 points over 23 post-season games for Chicago, inked a deal worth a reported $16 million.

The second-round 2004 Blackhawks pick has compiled 40 goals and 50 assists over 220 career regular-season games with the squad.

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