Arizona Coyotes acquired Dave Bolland, Lawson Crouse from Florida Panthers

By The Sports Xchange  |  Aug. 26, 2016 at 12:40 AM
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The Arizona Coyotes acquired center Dave Bolland and forward Lawson Crouse from the Florida Panthers for two conditional draft picks on Thursday.

Florida has been trying to move Bolland's contract -- he's owed $16.5 million over the next three seasons -- and had to include the promising 19-year-old Crouse to get the deal done.

Crouse, who was selected 11th overall in the 2015 NHL draft, has 23 goals and 62 points for Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League last season.

"We are very pleased to acquire Lawson," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "He's a big, physical, power forward who is a strong skater with good hands. Players of his caliber and profile are extremely hard to find."

The Panthers received second-round and third-round picks in the deal. The second-round pick stands if Crouse is traded by Arizona this season and it changes to a third-round selection if Crouse doesn't play for the Coyotes this season.

Bolland, 30, had one goal and five points in 25 games for Florida last season and was sent to the minors in December. He has 85 career goals and 208 points in 433 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Panthers.

Bolland is currently rehabbing an undisclosed lower-body injury.

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