Blackhawks Re-Sign Richard Panik

Stan Bowman has wasted very little time getting to work this postseason.

On Tuesday morning, the Blackhawks GM traded Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell to Carolina for a couple draft picks.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Hawks announced a one-year extension with forward Richard Panik.

Panik, 25, was acquired from Toronto in a trade for forward Jeremy Morin in January. In 30 games with the Hawks, Panik scored six goals and added two assists. Panik also contributed three assists in six playoff games this spring.

Originally a second round pick (52nd overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Draft, Panik has scored 25 goals with 22 assists in 181 career regular season games with Chicago, Toronto and Tampa.

51 thoughts on “Blackhawks Re-Sign Richard Panik

  1. One of the best forwards vs STL hopefully a full yr with the Hawks will get good results. No reason to think he cant have a Stahlberg type season playing with Toews.

  2. Panik looked great in the playoffs for us. I liked his energy and tenacity a lot, good skater, big body and willing to finish checks. Let’s hope this chance to play a full season with the best of the best in the NHL will bring out the best in him.

  3. Any word on the money? I’m assuming he came cheap. Hopefully he can carry his playoff performance over to a full season, unlike another (now former) Blackhawk.

  4. “Know who else looked good in the playoffs? Bryan Bickell…circa 2013” (Ernie) — he did. Panik did not receive 4 years at $4 million.

  5. Yeah Ernie but I’m guessing he isn’t getting $16 mil/4 yrs so a pretty poor comparison.

  6. I believe based on his series vs. Stl, Panik earned a one-year shot. (Hopefully Q gives him a legitimate chance…)

  7. Was a joke guys. I would all but guarantee this to be less than the 975k he earned last year. He’s a bottom 6 player that can bang. Not knocking the signing. Just need to calm the expectations. He shouldn’t be on a lone with Toews. Last year he averaged .3 PPG including playoffs which is only slightly above his career avergage of .25 ppg

  8. Panik meshed way better than Bickell and didnt have any give-up games. I like it. He put in more effort than some of our big names at times, which is the polar opposite of Bickell.

  9. Agree with Feathers. He’s big,fast , somewhat skilled and he WORKS HARD !

    We need more guys who work hard and will hit when needed.

    Good signing. Not a top 6 , but certainly should help with skating 4 solid lines.

  10. Happy to have him back. Would like to see Ras resigned too, even though he is rumored going back to Sweden. On Panik, he really brought his lunch pail in the playoffs and did a great job. I just hope we don’t put too much on him out of the gate. He’s a long way from being permanent top line material, so let’s keep the bar where it should be which is bottom 6 for now.

  11. I agree with Rufus. What on earth is the world coming to?!

    Panik can play the top line if he has to. But so can John Scott. Panik is a younger, cheaper, more effective (will hit) version of Bryan Bickell. He might get 10-15 goals and 25-30 points. Decent. But not top line. Everything well. But nothing great. Bickell never played to his size. That seems like something Panik will do. Although, I remember him doing it more in the playoffs than regular season which is kind of a trend with players like that.

  12. Imo good signing, cheap and showed some upside , re not being able to compliment toews – no one knows where he’ll slot in next year so stfu and wait to see.

  13. Ajr- he played there at times. Lots of people here have made mention of him with Toews.
    “Can play right wing or left wing, and he’s played on the first line, third line, fourth line ..Because when he brings his best game, he’s a dominant player.”
    -Stan Bowman

    I like the signing. I do. Hit of 875k(recently reported). But a guy thats averaged .26 PPG through 189 games and is on his 3rd organization is telling. There’s a reason he was waived by the lightning. There’s a reason he was traded straight up for Jeremy Morin(also a guy I liked…when he was 19-20).

    He shouldn’t be consistently anywhere but the bottom 6. Depth. Gotta have it. He’s not an Okposo, Ladd, Brouwer etc. Those are guys that can be dominant. Those are guys that can, and deservedly play on a line with Toews.

  14. With Shaw being RFA it’d be interesting to see if the Hawks just tender him. See if someone sends him an offer sheet mull the compensation and go from there. Tender would be 1 year. Kick the can down the road.

    With Teuvo gone, would they try to sign Schmaltz? Hinostroza has talent, but he’s no Gaudreau. I think pay scale wise they’re gonna try Kruger at 3c. Shaw Kruger Hossa? Motte Kruger Hossa?

    65-19-88
    72-15-schmaltz
    65-kruger-Hossa
    Panik-Desjardins-Hartman

    Vesey would be nice.

  15. I just hope we don’t make the same mistake with Shaw that the Hawks did with Bickell. He’s a gutsy player but we have a guy like Hartman in the minors that deserves a chance. SB needs to look at the defense (hopefully well take a long look at Pokka to see what we have), and we need to build a line around Toews and give him something to work with like Kane got in Panarin. In the near future some of that core will need to leave so we don’t drop off the cliff. I don’t ever want to see the Hawks become irrelevant again. So go SB and go Hawks lets get back to the cup again!!!

  16. Hartman takes way too many penalties.

    You don’t think money changes things. Yesterday if Schmaltz signed he’s making 65k in Rockford. He signs now he could make 925k in Chicago. It might change my mind.

  17. Ernie,

    Of course he played on the toews line, to fill a hole. Whether or not he’s slotted there next year is yet to be seen right, seems like q likes top have players who are interchangeable right. We’ve seen many players who’ve struggled elsewhere have success with other coaches / systems so I’m optimistic. We’re not riding him to another cup but he may contribute very well in his role.

  18. Let’s put this signing into perspective. I like him, but, if Panik is playing consistently anywhere other than the 4th line (maybe the third), we will not challenge for a cup.

    Sorry guys, if we wish to seriously & realistically challenge for the Cup, there have to be several more moves of significance to improve the quality of our roster. We have to improve the top six; we need more speed & offense throughout the line-up; we need to improve at the dot; and we have to have dmen other than Rosy, Svedberg, & Rundblad on the opening night roster.

    Shaw is a major contributor on this team. Replacing his heart would be difficult. The heart of a champion is special and hard to find and he has one. However, I don’t see paying him more than 3.25-3.5 million. Despite their importance to the team, we already overpaid Kruger and probably Seabrook. I still believe Kane and Toews should have taken less to sustain the championship caliber of this team regardless of their market value.

  19. What his role is is the question. I like him on the bottom 6. Stan’s comments have me worried they think he is a possible solution to 1lw. Immediately following the trade people here wanted (and got) him on the top line because he’d have chemistry with Hossa… Because they’re Slovaks??

    Not knocking the signing. Again, I like it. But he’s a bottom 6.

  20. I’m never gonna knock an athlete for taking the money. It’s easy to say they should have taken less. But I’m not in that position. When taxes take how much? When escrow takes so much. When you have a career that could end in an instant I don’t know if I would actually take less.

  21. I’m not knocking them because I would do the same. However, I am just stating a wishful thought contrary to something that is an anchor to the success of the team. $3 million would be a nice additional player on the roster.

  22. You can’t over pay Shaw he’s a bottom six forward no more. I love his grit but some of his stupid antics have cost the Hawks dearly. Hartman may not be the answer but we better start giving these Rockford guys a look just to see what we’ve got. Hopefully the Hawks will sign Schmaltz next year and he doesn’t end up being another Hayes. I’m sure that kid Hayden will go free agent since he went back to school for his senior year.

  23. Hartman has only been given 8 game chance the last two years, played well ( I thought), put 3 pucks on Bickell’s stick that should have been goals. A couple high-lite hits, and ONE penalty.

  24. I don’t know what Q has in mind, but I would hope that Kane/Anisimov/Panarin play together….”65-19-88, 72-15-…” (Ernie) — keep that “chemistry” and build around it.

  25. It’s funny that you say the hurricanes market doesn’t know hockey. Raleigh-Durham had better ratings than Chicago in the cup final.

  26. I like the signing as Panik brings lots of speed, physicality and hard work and someone who likes to hit. Where he plays doesn’t matter much to me but as shown by the Pens, Guys like Rust, Sheary, Bonino and even old Cullen were great and the Pens don’t win without them. We need this depth.

  27. GB, completely agree. This blog has been screaming for secondary players who are decent and Cap friendly. Panik fills that role well. I just don’t understand the bitching. Second, Panik for TT is not a fair statement or comparison. Different players, different roles.

    SB has set the the bar early as far as contract burying goes. AND, he had to get this done while Cap floor teams were available. Yes, the cost to rid BB’s contract was high. But in the end I think the Hawks will be better off. The $4mm saving should get us 2 and maybe 3 decent role players to support the core.

  28. I am surprised about all the talk of need to sign Shaw so urgently. My priority would be to sign Panarin to a long term deal first. Test the market with Shaw to see if anyone offers him a deal.

  29. SS, the danger there is a potential big contract offer from a Cap Floor team. Shaw is a “fan favorite” type of player that can sometimes demand more than his pure “hockey” value. That big contract can be in terms of money and/or time. Not that Shaw will command anything like Saad…..but NO ONE saw a $6mm x 6 yr coming.
    This is why you want to lock up a player before offer sheets can be written.

  30. Panik number is being reported at 875,000, 100K less then he was making last season. Great signing if that’s the case. No reason this guy cant get between 30-40 points if healthy.

  31. what exactly was the deal to Seabrook, i dont know if he was overpaid or not but the length of the contract is surreal. Why didnt Treavor Daley fit here , after all the raves in Pitt something doesnt jive. was it Qs ego and stubbornesss. Bowman giv ing Bickel the kitchen sink and then having to give away Tevo to move his contract , Its very frustrating to love a team and hope nothing ever goes wrong , welcome to the real world B

  32. Bobby- Q wants his d-men to move the puck up to the forwards quickly. Daley wants to skate the puck out and do it all himself. Pitt plays a different style. They put more emphasis on offense. Q wants his d-men to defend first and foremost. Not Daley’s forte. Daley is kind of a riverboat gambler.

    As always, hindsight is 20/20. This fanbase is crazy. The Hawks won last year! Now Q can’t assess his team. Bowman is an idiot. And the 2 can’t co-exist. Have faith the boys upstairs know what theyre doing. They’ve earned it.

  33. Way I see it, Bow and Q are on the same damned page more or less. Damn salary cap is a pisser thanks to those Canadians not knowing how to get their economy going. I think hockey in Vegas will be a monster success, and the league beat the NFL and baseball to that market too.

  34. …..not the first time the Blackhawks have shot themselves in the foot….lol…salary cap era of revolving doors for players….

  35. Lot of you fellers like to tear Joel Quenneville a new icehole for not playing certain youngsters, but tell you what who have the Hawks regretted losing? Pirri, no. Jimmy Hayes, no. Skille, no. Olson, no. Moron, no. Smith, no. Team has won 3 Cups and been to two other Western Conference finals since Q showed up. Losing a handful of ill fitting youngsters hasn’t been an issue at all. Teuvo is a very poor man’s Ruutu, so that ain’t a loss.

    Dano was moved to get Ladd. Johns was moved because of the cap in order to get Dallas to take Sharp. Dahlstrom was moved to get the Coyote pieces for the Cup run. Can’t fault any of those moves either.

    Stop with this farging rip job on Q. It’s baseless.

  36. Well Ernie thank you for the clarification. Can’t tell them damned Swedes apart. Then again I’m a big dumb Norwegian. Lol.

  37. Scott Powers is out with a sobering article on the Hawks’ cap situation. After bonus payments there is not much money left. Meaning the Teuvo/Bickell move was essential, and meaning also that Shaw is unlikely to be signed.

    Ernie, I don’t have record of no elk stuffing on our list. Got two dozen or so orders right now. A few muskie, some pike and two black bears. Getting a wolf in next Thursday. If you got an elk then I can quote you a price. I have less refrigerated storage space in the hangar right now…we moved some things around…parking the DC3 and the Cessna Aircatr outside and made room inside for the new Big Earl’s PreSchool, which formally opens August 10. Got the elk on ice right now? Otherwise she’s going to stink to hi heaven soon.

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