Forwards Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse were traded by the Florida Panthers to the Arizona Coyotes for a third-round pick at the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional second-round pick in 2018 on Thursday.
Injuries limited Bolland, 30, to 25 games with the Panthers last season when he had one goal and four assists. He had one assist in two games with Portland of the American Hockey League, where he was sent last December on a conditioning stint. Bolland helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013, highlighted by his game-winning goal at 19:01 of the third period in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.
Bolland has three years remaining on his contract, which carries an average annual value of $5.5 million.
"(Assistant general managers) Steve Werier and Eric Joyce have been working the phones with Arizona for the past few weeks and came to (president of hockey operations) Dale (Tallon) and I late [Wednesday] night with what they felt was a fair return for the cap, contract space and picks we received," Panthers GM Tom Rowe said. "Today's transaction creates significant cap space for us in each of the next three NHL seasons, while simultaneously giving us the ability to add more good, young players to a farm system we know we need to improve. We plan to use this cap space to continue to aggressively build on the steps we took this summer to construct a championship-caliber roster here in South Florida today and well into the future."
Crouse, 19, was Florida's first-round pick (No. 11) at the 2015 draft. The 6-foot-4, 211-pound left wing had 23 goals and 39 assists in 49 games for Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League last season. Crouse did not have a point in two games with Portland of the American Hockey League.
"We are very pleased to acquire Lawson," Coyotes GM John Chayka said. "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."