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Blackhawks deal Brandon Bollig to Calgary, free up cap space
PHILADELPHIA — The Blackhawks created some wiggle room under the salary cap on Saturday, dealing Brandon Bollig to Calgary for the 83rd pick in the NHL draft.
Bollig, an enforcer who reinvented himself as a defensive fourth-line winger this past season, was signed to a three-year contract extension with a cap hit of $1.25 million a year in March. That contract is now Calgary’s concern, as the Hawks are now back under the $69 million ceiling.
Bollig played all 82 games during the regular season, posting seven goals and seven assists while forming a nice fourth line with Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith. But he struggled down the stretch and in the postseason, a healthy scratch three times in the second-round series against Minnesota, and once in the Western Conference final against Los Angeles. He had just one assist and was a minus-6 in the postseason.
With the 83rd pick, the Hawks drafted Matheson Iacopelli, a 20-year-old 6-2 forward who scored 41 goals with 23 assists in 58 games for Muskegon of the USHL last season.
With the 88th pick, the Hawks drafted Beau Starrett, a 6-4 left winger.