Season Review- John Scott was traded on trade deadline day February 27 to the New York Rangers, and on February 28 the Chicago Blackhawks called up Brandon Bollig from the Rockford Ice Hogs with his huge season statistics of 4 goals 0 assists and 115 penalty minutes. It was safe to say that Bollig wasn’t brought up for his scoring touch! He did add some punch to the lineup though… Bollig had the unusual talent of smiling all the way through almost all 8 of his fights! According to Dropyourgloves.com Bollig was 4-2-2 in his fight during the season. I’m all for fighting when needed during a hockey game, but then there are guys out there to goon it up for a lack of a better term. Bollig is more goon than hockey player especially if you look at his career stats in its entirety throughout Juniors. He average 6 goals and 200 penalty minutes and that average didn’t change on the NHL level. Most games that Bollig played ,he sat either on the bench or in the penalty box while either collecting pine or major penalty minutes, it seems useless to dress someone just to play them minimal minutes in a long 82 game season.
During the playoffs Bollig had 1 major fight 1 goal and 19 penalty minutes. Somehow he got a wrister past Phoenix Coyote goalie Mike Smith for what had to be Smith’s lone soft goal of the series. Bollig only saw action in the first 4 games of the series and probably wouldn’t have been on the ice for Game 3 but the Raffi Torres hit happened. The offense was much more fluid in games 5 and 6 with 4 lines rolling without Bollig dressing and only getting 6-10 minutes a game.
Contract- Bollig is a restricted free agent, he made $545,000 last season
Future- Coach Quenneville is an old school guy that seems to like having one enforcer/goon type player to protect his stars. If the Hawks resign it would seem that he would remain a 4th line guy/healthy scratch guy. He has little offensive ablitity except to fight so it will be Stan Bowman decision if he keeps Bollig in the organization,
Grade- F for Fighter