The Panthers announced today that center Dave Bolland has been sent to the Portland Pirates of the AHL for a conditioning stint. Bolland has a goal and 4 assists in 25 games played for the Panthers this season and has not played in an AHL game since May 3rd, 2008. With Bolland being sent down, Rocco Grimaldi has been called up and will join the Panthers for the 2nd time this season.
“We need Dave to play more minutes and regain his confidence with the offensive side of his game, so that he can help us in the second half of the season.” – GM Dale Tallon
The Panthers originally signed Bolland to a contract worth $27.5 million over 5 years back in July 2014 and the hope was that he would play a bottom-6 role and shut down the top lines of the opponent as well as bring a veteran presence to the locker room. The 29-year old forward had an average first season with the Panthers, but his struggles have been apparent this season as his ice time and face-off percentages have dropped significantly and he’s had trouble on the defensive side of things.
Rocco Grimaldi has also been called up the from the Pirates and he’ll likely take the spot of Jaromir Jagr who missed practice on Tuesday for the 2nd straight day with the flu. Since being sent down on November 25th, Rocco Grimaldi has 4 goals and 2 assists in 8 games with the Pirates while playing on the top line with Garrett Wilson and Rob Schremp. You can see his goals in our latest prospect update post here. Grimaldi has 1 goal in 10 games with the Panthers this season.