Blackhawks Place Sharp on LTIR, Recall Danault

In fairly surprising news on Friday morning, the Blackhawks announced that Patrick Sharp has been placed on LTIR and forward Phillip Danault has been recalled from Rockford.

This news is especially intriguing with Andrew Shaw missing Thursday night’s game with an upper-body injury. Danault, 21, has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 14 games with the IceHogs to open the 2014-15 season.

Phillip Danault

LTIR forces the Blackhawks to keep Sharp out of the lineup for 10 games or 24 days; Sharp left with an injury on Nov. 4 at Montreal. Since Sharp went down, the Blackhawks are 4-2-0 and have scored 25 goals over the six game stretch.

The Blackhawks have indicated Friday that Sharp is not expected to miss any more time than initially indicated when he went down.

Earlier this season, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman spoke about placing players on IR in an interview for the team’s website.

It’s really out of necessity; you don’t get any benefit putting them on IR unless you need to do it. The rules are: You can have 23 players on your roster. You dress 18 skaters and two goalies, so you can have three players that don’t dress for the game. So until you get to the point where you have more than three players that can’t dress – whether they aren’t healthy or injured – there really is no benefit to putting them on IR. Right now we have Sharp and Carcillo, and the [scratch in our] last game was Rozsival. If we need to bring someone else up, we have to put someone on IR, and our candidates are the injured players. It is a procedural thing. You can have 23 healthy or available players, and as of now we have 23, so there is no need to do that transaction.

The IR is simply a roster spot and has nothing to do with a salary cap. Once you put a player on IR they have to be on for seven days, and you can to do that retroactively. Long-term injury does have salary cap ramifications. You have to miss 10 games and 24 calendar days, and if that’s the case then you can declare a long-term injury, and at that time that player’s salary is able to be replaced at the equivalent rate.

Chicago plays the second game of their annual Circus Trip on Saturday night in Edmonton.

39 thoughts on “Blackhawks Place Sharp on LTIR, Recall Danault

  1. I don’t think the LTIR of Sharp comes as much of a surprise. From all accounts, Sharp will be out well past the minimum LTIR designation. The Danault call up I think has more to do with the Shaw injury/illness than Sharp. They were forced to play Smith at 3c last night. With Danault up, he slides into that slot. Smith can play with Kruger. And if Shaw is ready to come back he can play wing. And Morin has a view from the press box. I really don’t understand what’s up with Mo. He has produced before at the NHL level, just not this year. I know he’s only getting 6 minutes a night, but still

  2. Better bench Bickell instead of Morin. Morin is at liest trying. Bickell is slow, don´t hit and can´t beat oponent in the corners.

  3. I am really starting to like how the roster is shaping up now. Danault is an actual center imagine if Danault and Clendening show they can play at this level. That would be a huge relief for the future of this team. I am not sure Danault is ever capable of a top 6 forward but that is okay. He is very quick and according to experts plays a sound defensive game. I am excited to see his game at the pro level.

    @ Shaacul, you are right Bickell not Morin should be rotating at the bottom of this roster. Bickell’s game has been so awful the last 80 regular season games its not even funny. This season and last season he has played 78 games he has 13 goals and 4 assists for 21 pts and a -6. 4 assists with this club is total unacceptable. He has contributed 0 on any of the special teams(literally no PP points) and has only taken 119 shots in 78 games. He belongs on the forth line with Carbomb and Kruger until he starts producing.

    I would much rather see Morin skate with Shaw and Benny because at least those 3 will put max effort. That’s a very solid 3rd/effort line, and honestly I still think Morin has some potential that that is untapped.

  4. I could have sworn that yesterday I heard Q say that Sharp was going to start skating this week and then join the team on the circus trip? Did I dream that?

  5. I second the motion to bench Bickell and send him a message. I think the reason he has not been benched is his 4 mil price tag. GM’s and coaches do not want to admit they may have made a mistake. Good to see Danault coming up.

  6. From what I understand, LTIR can also be made retroactively. It has been 17 days since the injury occurred. And their was an initial 4 week timetable for his return. The soonest he could return I believe is the 29th against the Kings, if he was placed retroactively to November 5th. That’s on the short side of the initial 4 week time frame reported by Tracey Myers

  7. Also, skating and joining the team on the trip doesn’t necessarily mean he would have been ready to play. Regardless, he’s still eligible to come off LTIR for the last game of the trip…If he can be placed retroactively. I’m assuming they can.

  8. It is exciting to see some of the prospects get some NHL minutes. Imagine our dilemma if they start playing really well. I am happy for Cden and Danault.

    I agree on Morin and Bickell, bench the latter. Morin busts his tail when he is out there. Sooner or later I have to think some of that energy turns into points. It has at all other levels in his career.

  9. I would guess this is because they don’t want Smith at Center and Shaw is going to miss a few days? But that doesn’t make much sense because if they are ok with Shaw being a center they should be ok with Smith being a center.

    Anyway, excited to see Danault. Don’t think he has much offensive upside, so I’ll be interested to see where he fits in.

  10. I’d trade Bickell for a bag of pucks. His cap hit is an albatross. And with the production, or lack of production…guys making peanuts can easily replace him

  11. Haha, some futures would be cool
    #salarydump

    But again, not totally different from every other season. Underwhelming regular season then playoff beast. Is who he is.

  12. Danault is a nasty twoway player. He reminds me & looks like Bolly. At some point in these yrs coming up, a line with 61, 38, 24, 65 is going to be a thing of beauty.

  13. Great to see some of these young guys who have excelled at Rockford get a chance. I think it’s pretty much over for Morin. Scott powers pretty much wrote that today, that he is not going to get a really good shot as long as q is the coach. Powers even noted that morin will likely Go the way of Pirri and jimmy Hayes. For now he will be eating popcorn and sucking down diet coke with another quenneville outcast, David rundblad.

  14. somewhere- Rufus’s eyes are rolling in the back of his head with a major orgasm- on news of Danault skating tonite!!!

    Not a pretty picture!!!

  15. Speaking of Powers, he also included an interesting stat following the win over the Flames proving the “back to mean” stat guys seem to be right about it being a matter of time before pucks started going in the net for the Hawks:

    “After having just 15 goals in 5-on-5 situations through 12 games as of Nov. 3, they (the Hawks) have gone off for 19 goals in 5-on-5 play over the last seven games. They went from averaging 2.25 goals per game and ranking 25th in the league to now averaging 2.74 goals and ranking 13th.”

    Of course, this scoring increase happens to coincide with the Sharp injury, so you never know how or what motivates/triggers event changes..

  16. I am surprised with this call up as well…..but OK with it. I thought McNeil would be the first offense skater caller up. In any case, hope the young man does well. Hawks will need all the energy they can muster vs. Oilers.

    Hogs win again last night. Hartman (my man crush) scores twice including the overtime winner. Good to see teammates stepping up as call ups occur. Ryan Schnell (a 25 year old veteran) also stepping up big time. The future does indeed look bright for the Hawks.

  17. IMHO I think the Hawks are hoping for Bickell to put it together for a few games (as he does from time to time) and try & trade him for maybe 2 bags of pucks……

    As for poor Morin, it’s sure starting to look a lot like the Pirri situation……

    What’s happened to all the TT talk…..? Did I miss an injury or something….?

  18. I have been a big fan of Danualt for a long time. His offensive game by itself may not be great, but he is a LEGITIMATE Center and a LEGITIMATE two-way player and can SKATE. A lot of Dave Bolland like qualities, although not the sand paper and ability to get under the opponent’s skin.

    Hopefully this is precursor to moving Shaw back to RW permanently where he belongs.

    Now if we could get Johns up here to go with Danualt and Clendening as the youth invasion, I would be very happy.

    Bickell is a roster dilemma. Bowman can’t trade him because of his contract.

  19. I’m hip to the cut of that jib Rufus. Will this recent call up be any good… I DUNNO!!!!!
    (see what I did there?)

    I think Morin has an NHL shot and some really good scoring instincts. Maybe 20 goal kinda guy if he doesn’t have to think too much.

    Either way, it will be interesting to see who sinks and swims out of that crop.

  20. I really hope Morin does some scoring soon. His puck possession numbers are good, but what does that get ya?? If he can get some points under his belt, otherwise his trade value is pretty low and whoever gets him will do well.

    Bickell…..well on the commercial he says his job is to be the goalie’s worst nightmare. I just wonder if he is ever gonna go to work and do that job.

  21. I am hoping for something other than Danault / Kruger / Morin on the 4th line tonight. Danault and Morin…..7 minutes, Kruger 12 minutes (PK time). Useless and detrimental to the team

  22. Mike, I think Danault was the call up for 2 reasons. They wanted a guy that would fill the 3c position. And McNeil didn’t play for the Hogs last night. I thought he was injured. So that could be another reason he wasnt the call up. But I think they wanted a defense first guy.

  23. Oilers have lost 5 in a row and coaches job on the line…they will come out flying and highly motivated…they have all those superstar first round draft piks and go no where…big dilema…they will be very tough to beat tonite…wish we could just settle into some solid lines and stop the blending for a while and see what the Blackhawks can really do with some stability. The Rockford call ups will do well…highly motivated and a great opportunity. TT still developing, no rush, lets not ruin the guy…maybe for Christmas.

  24. Putting Sharp on LTIR gives the Hawks a chance to creatively increase their salary cap number. Increasing the salary cap number (a method only available via LTIR) is the same reason they brought up Johns and sent him back the next day.

  25. Those lines look promising…the first two are exciting and effective and proven to work…lets hope lines 3 and 4 get some good sustained ice time. 3rd line looks pretty tough …should create some havoc.

  26. The morning lines do not look too bad but I would move line 3 up and line 4 down. I bet Danault is excited about centering 29 and 13. He had more firepower around him in Rockford. I have always been a supporter of Morin but his days are numbered. Stan was in his corner but Q never has been. The only way he was going to stick is if he lit the scoreboard up . It did not happen so Q has his excuse to send him on his way.

  27. My guess is the 4th line will get 3d line minutes and visa versa. I agree the Oilers will come out flying and will be tough to beat (if the Hawks are not intense). In today’s NHL it is not who you play, its when you play them.

    Looking at the Hogs schedule…..This is the second weekend in a row the will play 3 games in 3 days. I know the AHL concentrates on the weekends for attendance, but 3 in 3 seems not only tough but opens tired players to injuries.

  28. More food for thought…

    read somewhere that the Cap may not go up at all w/Respect to the Canadian $$ being devalued… If True- the Hawks/SB are wise to begin auditions for who might be ready…
    which will help dictate who might be moved next year… Considering they will have to pay/keep Saad… They will have to Move at least 1 perhaps 2 “Core” guys…

    That is why it is important for guys like Cden,Danault, Darling to play some… gives SB many more options in clearing Cap space AND getting best value in return!!!
    If they all do well- Crow, 7, 10, are all possible options!!! pending value in return…

  29. In regard to Danault but not TT: Do you guys think that TT just hasn’t adjusted to the N. American game/rink–and may never? Maybe his core game isn’t a fit for the NHL?

  30. Ivan B…..interesting thought/theory on TT but I have my doubts…saw him score a beauty goal 25 ft from me from the slot in Saskatoon…it is possible that his skill level needs more adjustment/ fine tuning to the smaller rink…Do believe that he is so important and central to the Hawks going forward that mangement does not want to rush him too soon and ruin him….we will do this correctly.

  31. Teravainen was drafted at 17. We are not going to rush any prospect (let alone a high end) unless we have to on a need basis (which was only in 2011). Its better this way, longterm, longterm, longterm.

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