Report: 32 year old Stanley Cup champion forced into retirement

Such a sad story. “He may never be able to play again,” says his agent.

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According to a report from Arizona Coyotes insider and columnist Craig Morgan, former Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers forward David Bolland will not play the final season of his five year, $27.5 million contract and is expected to officially retire in the 2019 offseason once his deal expires.

Holland hasn’t played an NHL game since December of 2015 when he was with the Panthers organization. The 32 year old former Stanley Cup champion has been sidelined the past two seasons with debilitating ankle and back injuries which his agent Anton Thun suspects will put an end to Bolland’s NHL career.

Caught up w/Dave Bolland‘s agent, Anton Thun. While Bolland (ankle, back) is feeling better, there is no expectation he’ll be physically able to play the final year of his contract ($5.5M cap hit) w/the Coyotes. He’ll likely go on LTIR again (80% savings, insurance covers rest).

Bolland recently bought a home in London, Ontario so he can be closer to his daughter. It is likely that after this season, he will formally announce his retirement.

Bolland’s rights, along with former first round pick Lawson Crouse, were traded from the Panthers to the Coyotes in the 2016 offseason in exchange for a 2nd and 3rd round draft picks. Holland has never, and it appears never will, play a game for the Coyotes franchise, but because he’s on long-term injury reserve he won’t count against the Coyotes salary cap in 2018-19.

If this is indeed the end for Bolland he’ll finish his 10 year career with 85 goals and 208 points in 433 career NHL games. Fans, especially Blackhawks fans, may remember him best from his Stanley Cup winning goal in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

With the Bruins up 2-1 and with just two minutes from forcing a Game 7 back in Chicago, the Bruins surrendered two goals in 17 seconds from Bryan Bickell and Bolland to win the Cup in six games. It was perhaps the most shocking Cup winning sequence in recent memory. 

Bolland was eventually traded to his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs where he’d play just 23 games before signing with the Panthers as a free agent in the 2014 offseason.