Coyotes GM: Bolland won’t play ‘for the foreseeable future’

RJ Broadhead and Sam Cosentino from BioSteel Camp, breaking down the salary cap trade between Florida and Arizona, with the Coyotes landing another huge future piece in Lawson Crouse.

The Panthers-Coyotes trade on Thursday, which sent Dave Bolland and prospect Lawson Crouse to Arizona for a couple of draft picks, was all about saving salary cap space for Florida and about the 19-year-old Crouse for the Coyotes.

What about Bolland, who has three years left on a deal paying him $5.5 million against the cap? Don’t expect him to suit up for the Coyotes any time soon.

Bolland played just 25 games for Florida last season and was a frequent healthy scratch. After Thursday’s deal, Panthers GM Eric Joyce told reporters that Bolland is currently dealing with an injury that could keep him out the entire 2016-17 season.

Bolland’s health status will impact how much cash the Coyotes actually pay out. While the cap hit will remain the same, if Bolland isn’t healthy enough to play, Arizona would only pay out a fraction of his salary.

Bolland, who has a long injury history, has played more than 35 games in a season just once in the past four years.

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