Blackhawks Reassign Phillip Danault

After two games in the NHL, the Blackhawks have sent center Phillip Danault back to Rockford on Monday.

Danault, 21, played 19 total minutes in his two games with the big club and did not register a point in either contest. He won only six of 20 faceoffs in the two games as well.

The move suggests Andrew Shaw may be ready to return to the lineup on Wednesday when the Hawks play in Denver.

13 thoughts on “Blackhawks Reassign Phillip Danault

  1. Because they don’t play until Wednesday couldn’t it also be a way of saving a couple bucks in cap space? I agree and think Shaw will be back. Kid played a feisty couple of games though.

  2. I think it was a nice taste for Danault. Hopefully whets his appetite for more and motivates him, although he seems the type that is pretty well self motivated. Still – a positive for him and I think he did OK for himself in the two games. Faceoffs didn’t go well but he showed some positives that Q should have liked.

    I’m kind of surprised Clendening didn’t go with him as he had a rough game last night. I’m glad he didn’t because I think Q pulls the trigger a little quick sometimes so I’m glad C-den is getting more opportunity.

  3. Penguins need wingers. Highly likely they would take on Morin for draft pick. Bickell would be a much harder sell. Flyers could take on Morin as well w/ his low salary. The statistics reflect Tofoli and Pearson were similarly non productive when scratched or playing erratic 4th line minutes. Then Daryl Sutter was told to play them regular minutes. Case closed.

  4. Good call Iceman. Its an adjustment when you pick up the level of play.

    I think they should commit to getting more of these guys exposure and consistent minutes and deal with their mistakes but then again I’ve won zero Cups.

  5. At some point the Hawks will be bringing these guys up long term as the cap will handcuff us in 2015/16. So we will be seeing a lot of TT, Danault, McNeill, Nordstrom, Clendening, Dahlbeck, Johns, etc in the next year. There’s no question of that. The question seems to be do we give them a longer shot now to see what we’ve got, or make one more run at the cup with the core and then sink or swim with them next year. Seems to me that the latter is the case. Iceman makes a great point that it’s worth giving some of these guys some more ice time just to give them a chance to adjust. Maybe Q and SB see something I don’t, but for the most part the young guys’ errors look like adjustments to the learning curve rather than an inability to play at this level. I’m not sure we’ve seen enough of any of them (including Morin) to make that statement yet.

  6. Q will eventually come around and loosen up the rope around our prospect’s necks. He is going to have to. I think the Hawks have a TON of roster work to do, but I believe the farm is or will be ready for the added responsibility. I also think we will see 6 or 8 of our prospects getting 5-9 games each.

    The math is pretty easy: 88, 19, 10, 81, 29, 23, 65 and 28 (forwards)
    7, 2, 4 and 57 (defense)
    50 and Raanta (goalies)
    For the 2015-2016 these are the 15 everyday player contracts the Hawks are obligated to. These 15 players have a combined Cap hit of $65.0mm. Choose you Cap limit. If it stays at $69mm the Hawks will have $4mm to fill 8 spots…….ain’t happenen. If the Cap goes to $75mm, Hawks have $10mm to fill 8 spots. The Cap will be somewhere between 69 and 75. Also, most of who you might want to trade have some sort of NMC in their contracts.

    Now consider that of the regulars, Saad and Kruger need new contracts. Assume they combine for $4mm, now the Hawks will have 0 to $6mm to fill 6 spots.

    Looking at Rockford, Dahlbeck, Brennan, Moose, Cumiskey and Darling will all need contracts if they are to stay in the organization.

    Bottom line is that 2015-2016 will be a huge transition year for the Hawks. At least 2 big contracts will be moved, and of course those players must be replaced. The dynamic will be very interesting and I look forward to it.

    All that said, no one should look poorly at the contracts of 19 and 88. Even if the Hawks fall back some over the next few years, I have no regrets. 19 and 88 have changed hockey in Chicago. This pair of 26 year olds have had more success than any pair in hockey. That includes Crosby/Malkin and Datysuk/Zetterberg

  7. That is 14 players totaling $65mm. I left Morin off because he is not an everyday player. So that means the Hawks have to fill 9 spots, not 8 (to carry 23)

  8. The only time Morin has ever had steady/regular shift ice time was at the end of last season when Kane was injured. How did he play then? I think the #s and the eye test speak for themselves. A player like Morin will never produce in and out of the press box or w/ six minutes a night in shifts. When Sharp came to the Hawks, he struggled a bit to start w/, then secured regular ice time — the results speak for themselves.

  9. Mike, thanks for the great cap breakdown.

    Iceman, I agree with you. Everyone needs a sufficient chance before they could be properly evaluated.

  10. Yes Mike, we are very fortunate to have 19 and 88 on the Hawks. They are the cornerstones of the best nucleus in hockey. Signing Saad is extremely important and I have no doubt it will happen. I am a big fan of Kruger but there are players in the organization of comparable skill sets so he may be gone. I would hate to see Sharp go but it looks like it may be necessary. Sure wish somebody would take that waste of space Bickell off our hands. The cap situation would seem to dictate that we will be seeing many rockford boys next year. However there is another possible scenario that worries me. What if Stan goes out and hires a group of over the hill veterans in the 500,000- 1 mil range? Iceman- agree, Morin really never got a legitimate chance. Limited and irregular shifts magnify the mistakes and the player is always looking over his shoulder and playing tentative. That being said I believe he is a goner.

  11. Personally I’ve already moved on from Morin because it seems like the organization has as well. Also I would be shocked if McNeil EVER skates with the big club.

    As for Danalt I thought he played good. Again he is not a front line play so expectations shouldnt be for him to light things up in the NHL.

    C-Den isnt perfect but hopefully the Hawks give him a real chance to stick w the team.

  12. AJ, Chevrier & Hawks’61 all spot on, well put comments and analysis. Time will tell if we’re correct or Q. If Morin lands w/ the right team, he will prove us correct.

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