The Chicago Blackhawks have traded the 51st and 117th picks in this year’s draft and a fourth round pick in 2014 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for center Dave Bolland.

Blackhawks trade Bolland to Maple Leafs.

Blackhawks trade Bolland to Maple Leafs.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a trade the Blackhawks would’ve preferred not to make, but they have to free up some cap space (Bolland’s cap hit is over $3 million) to re-sign key players like Bryan Bickell.

Bolland  is a good two-way center with a decent scoring touch (two 19 goal seasons), who is well-suited for third-line center work. He does have a bit of an injury history, but when healthy will be a good addition for the Leafs.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Leafs, who needed depth at center, keep him in that role or try him on their second line. He’s not first-line center material, so don’t expect him to be a replacement for Tyler Bozak if the Leafs fail to re-sign him.