60 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Matthew Highmore

  1. Looking forward to seeing him up with hawks. He gives them 12 forwards so I would assume another young guy is coming up. Hopefully Hayden.

  2. I hope we see John Hayden recalled soon or you could loose him as a player. What would that say to Sikura who also played through his senior year. Can the Hawks really guarantee him what he wants which would be NHL time!!

  3. I love Sharpie but let him sit and let some of these young guys get some time.

    We have to see what next year is going to look like.

  4. Ernie, I just want to keep it that way. Forget the playoffs, winning 8 of 10 AND trying to get Crow back. Just throw the kids into the mix, let them play and learn the game at the NHL level and see what happens for next year.

    Also, let Berube play and see what we have for a back up going into next year.

    I STILL can’t believe how far this team has fallen in such a short time.

  5. Not that it matters that much but Rockford has taken a big hit this year and not much left there to be excited about. (other than Forsling)
    Perhaps a few of them can step up with more ice time and responsibility? I hoped that Knott would have progressed more.

  6. Free agent signing by Bowman, keen eye for young talent, not so keen as to NHL players. Bowman was singing a different tune yesterday than he was in the summer, in any event, let’s see Hayden recalled as well.

    Highmore shares a b-day w/ yours truly.

  7. Re: Ejdsell… Watching hilites on him again…

    I think the kid would be perfect with Kane and ??? Sikura or Schmaltz types…
    They would be able to allow Ejdsell time and space to “be alone”- one on one in between the circles… Ejdsell really uses his legs/reach to be effective… he will be that “Missing PP guy ” around the net- cuz he has great hands- and will instantly be the best Forward on the Hawks at deflecting shots on goal ( Hawks are terrible at this skill – deflections)…

    Supposed to be good IQ- not fast- but, highlites show he is pretty agile at cutting/turning on skates… Kid has L O N G legs!!!

    Next year-
    1.) Sign Sikura ( another beast on PP)
    2.) One D prospect makes team ( Hillman/Gilbert/Tuulola/Carlsson/Mitchell)
    3.) Ejdsell
    4.) Sign a real TOP 4 D guy this summer
    5.) Get lucky in Draft ??? Kid who can play right away???
    6.) Highmore and or Hayden make the team

    If – 3- of above happen- Hawks are way better… if 4 or more happen… Hawks are right back in- as SC contenders.

  8. There’s a new excitement that I’m feeling this morning. It’s not that I wanted to see Hartman traded but I’m not disappointed he was either. I see the Hartman and Wingels trades and the passing of the TDL as a new start to what had become a moribund experience of inevitable decline and irrelevance to the season. The infusion of a let the kids play attitude brings new life to an otherwise dreary prospect of watching our team stumble down the season like a doddering old has-been – much better to watch the team stumble down the season with youthful exuberance and mistakes.

    Now bring up Hayden and let the kids play … sorry Sharpie but you belong in yesterdays team picture.

  9. to Wall’s 6 points

    1) Sikura is your immediate impact “kid”
    2) Jokiharju is your next puck mover to get a long look. I think Forsling’s time here isn’t going to be long.
    3) I would love to see a line of Ejdell-Highmore-Hayden
    4) What top 4 dman is going to be on the market that the Hawks can afford this summer? my magic wand doesn’t work… tell me who you’re adding…
    5) Hawks don’t need a guy who can play right away in the draft. They need someone who can be an impact player at some point.
    6) agred

  10. There will definitely be more moves before the draft. Agree with Tab that it looks like Forsling probably gets dealt. I would also think we try to trade Hossa’s contract. I would temper the expectations for Sikura – not too many step right out of college and make a big impact right away – hope I’m wrong on that. Have to agree with Wall, the Hawks are among the worst in the league in deflecting shots. Any word on how Snuggerud is doing now that he is back from injury? Hope we get to see him for a few games.

  11. Sikura- was way better than all of the prospects at last camp ( albeit – older than most too)

    Tab- and others- Re: Jokiharju- really did nothing for me at camp… Thought all of
    Mitchell/Snuggy/Gilbert/Hillman were way better… I really Hope i am wrong on Jokiharju- But- I am not seeing it

    Tab- yes- I agree- UFA top 4’s looking thin… but maybe SB moves- let’s say AA + picks for someone’s #2-#4 D man/ Up and coming ute… I know Carolina and Vegas- seem to have some depth at D… But – I really don’t pay attention many other team’s #3 D guys… to see who might make sense

  12. Tab- to add- I really see Ejdsell replacing AA at much lower Cap $$$

    He all ready has same or better hands than AA
    better speed
    Better puck protection…

    can Edjsell – be any worse at FO’s than AA??? doubt it

    Albeit versus – weaker competition…
    BUT- he hasn’t had the benefit of playing with P. Kane like AA has

    With those Cap $$$ and using AA as bait… SB can easily trade/find another legit top 3 D man…

    if SB can’t find that Deal for AA

    Keep AA and let Edjsell/8/88 — would beast and feast… cuz in open space – Edjsell gonna be very, very good!!!

    Sikura + Edjsell makes PP- way better next year!!!

  13. For the Hawks to add a top 4 dman they would likely have to move a contract, although 5 to 6 m could be available as is.. Even then you would have Schmaltz next year and Debrincat the following year due substanial increases that need accounted for. I’m sure Bowman has a plan, he is getting a good job done with retooling the forwards, with lots of potential here under contract, with prospects in Europe and we will see what he does with defence now.

  14. Mike Green, Tobias Enstrom, Jack Johnson, Calvin DeHaan, John Carlson.

    I go the cheap route and try to sign an undrafted college D or try to get Ejdsell’s teammate.

  15. Those UFA d-men are going to cost too much for the Hawks to afford. Improving the d-corps sufficiently enough to compete for a Cup may be more than a 1-year project. The Hawks have to get lucky with their first round pick and hope the kid is a future top-pairing guy and that “future” is more near-term than far-term. That and Jokiharju has to be at least a top-4 sooner than later. We’ll probably not have a top-4 anytime soon like we had when we won the 2015 Cup, but we probably don’t need to reach that level to be a legit contender so long as the D-corps is better than it is now and the forwards group is improved, team defense is better and Crawford comes back as good as he’s been.

  16. Jokiharju’s junior numbers are great. But Bondra and Dahlstrom were also ppg players in the WHL. And where are they now? I know theyre both forwards. But I still think you probably send him to Europe next year.

    Certainly no quick fix. But its never a bad thing to at least try to get quantity. Daniel Brickley, Jimmy Schuldt, Lawrence Pilut . Those 3 will be signed by someone.

    TVR made the team out of camp as an undrafted signee. So you never know what you have until theyre on your ice.

  17. Thats just it Ogie more 3rd pair guys trying to play top pair is not what is needed. Pilut has good reviews but he was undrafted which says he probably is a project not an immediate impact player. Thats ok but i believe Jokiharju will get a look and decide on December 1st where he is at. Also i think Bowman will find a way to add another impact defenceman before next year too.

  18. Fwiw, Pilut’s father played hockey for UIC back in the early 90’s when they still had a team.

  19. Throwing out irrelevant names means what. We just saw how it went with Kempny. As far as whl dmen Duncan Keith and Shea Weber had similar stats to Jokiharju, none of is an indication of someone else will do. Kyle Baun had pretty good blood lines too. Time will tell how they do but probably not going to be impact players right away.

  20. Wall – you’ve said Jokiharju does nothing for you a few times & I get that. I said he’d be the next youngster to get a long look (see Forsling this year)

  21. re: blue line prospects – we shouldn’t focus exclusively on Jokiharju. Remember Mitchell, Gilbert, Snuggerud (who’s been hurt most of this year), Hillman are coming and we’re just now (finally) getting to see Dahlstrom in the NHL. There’s talent there for the Hawks to work with at the AHL, NCAA & juniors levels. It isn’t 2011 where we’re crossing our fingers the one guy in the system turns out…

    That said, I absolutely think Forsling is a trade chip this summer if the Hawks intend on signing Jokiharju and/or Mitchell.

  22. Wall I seem to remember your eye test told you that Schmaltz’s skating speed was average at best. So i’ll hold judgement on Jokiharju for now. Is there any talk about Mitchell signing next year, that would be great if he is.

  23. Wall, I like your optimism but tap the brakes on Edjsell replacing Anisimov, at least before we see Edjsell play a game or two in the NHL. Anisimov gets a lot of criticism for not being better than he is – but he’s still a good player. Edjsell has proven nothing yet and until he does I’d rather have Anisimov.

  24. Ejdsell has european assugnment clause so likely goes back to Europe before Rockford. He could though come back in about a years time when season ends over there. Which likely could happen if he doesn’t stay with team out of camp, as next year is his final on his elc so they likely want to see him in game situations over here at some point before his contract expires.

  25. Ejdsell’s contract is kind of odd. He allegedly signed with the preds on May 5th. Before it was made official he signed a 2 year SHL contract with HV71, to continue his development. After signing that deal, the Predator deal became official on May 15th.

    It really depends how the contracts were written. If hes in Sweden next year, hes an RFA in 2019.

    As soon as Jokiharju signs, Hawks send 240k to Finland because of the transfer agreement.

  26. If we cant take 81 off ltir is there any way to pay those player bonuses off this season. Were prob fine for 19, for 20 we want no player bonuses and full spending on adding each yr for coming yrs.

  27. Only if they can get down under 75m for cap hit by end of season Mo. Which isn’t likely to happen. That’s the big issue with Sikura getting a game in this year and he burns an elc year as a trade off for no bonuses next year probably.

  28. Yeah Ogie Cap Friendly says european assignment clause, which would lead you believe it’s between leagues and be dec. 1st like Forslings, since he is already under contract. The option type clause the player has the choice to go to minors or find a team to sign with and be loaned to in Europe.

  29. What about having 12 FW or 6 D and 2G even if it doesn’t get rid of all of it, it could put a dent in it. The young guys can go up and down when playing.

    I guess its more important for 20 then 19 because of bridge contracts so maybe fine with it then.

    I know those guys know this stuff but sometimes its good reminders/ideas.

  30. Mo on the hook right now for 1.14 m in bonuses next year (Schmaltz, Debrincat and Highmore). Kampf no bonuses next year and if Ejdsell makes it no bonuses. No other elcs at present or 35+ deals.

  31. DOES ANYONE ACTUALLY BELIEVE SIKURA IS GOING TO SIGN AN ELC TO A TEAM THAT IS GOING DOWN AGAIN AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL A NEW “PLAYING THE RIGHT WAY” IS REDEFINED….BY A NEW COACH !

    EVERY TEAM KNOWS HOW Q IS GOING TO PLAY…..THAT HAPPENS WHEN A TEAM WINS 3 CUPS IN A RELATIVELY SHORT TIME.

    IT’S TIME FOR COACH Q TO BE REPLACED ! HE JUST STARTED PLAYING YOUNG PLAYERS OUT OF NECESSITY … EXCEPT FOR POKKA …. HE WAS TRADED FOR AND OLD FORWARD WHO HAS NOT PLAYED ONE NHL GAME AND ON AN EXPIRING CONTRACT.

    TRADING HARTMAN AND KEMPNY WAS PLAIN STUPID ! HARTMAN WOULD HAVE SIGNED AN AFFORDABLE CONTRACT.

    REMEMBER THE HAWKS TRADED HJALMARRSON FOR KEMPNY – SO WE GOT A 3RD round draft pick for Hjalmarrson…. wtf ?

    The Chicago Blackhawks had a capable, able-bodied defenseman with plenty of cost control on their roster, and they traded him away Monday. This team is playing with fire, giving up on certain athletes while in the midst of a rebuild.

    On the surface, the Chicago Blackhawks trading Michal Kempny to Washington on Monday was in line with past moves involving players who don’t pan out with the Blackhawks. Stan Bowman acquires said player, hoping for some cost efficiency and solid play, the athlete either struggles or isn’t trusted by coach Joel Quenneville (or both), and the skater is summarily shipped away.

    The Blackhawks have done this most often with defensemen. There was a point not long ago when Trevor Daley turned into Rob Scuderi, who turned into Christian Ehrhoff. Bowman has a penchant for struggling to 1) identify defensive talent and 2) acquire defensemen Coach Q, a former blueliner, will actually use.

    IT SENDS A SIGNAL TO YOUNG D-MEN – STAY CLEAR OF CHICAGO ! …. LIKE SIKURA, WHO WILL. NOT SIGN – MARK MY WORDS.

    BLACKHAWKS HAVE A 5.8% CHANCE AT DAHLIN IN DRAFT LOTTERY ! PRAY FOR A MIRACLE.

  32. Ian, thanks. Just seems like theres a way to put a dent in it. Really 20 is more important then 19 for having no player bonuses, with raises and wanting to add.

    Isint it 17% (at 8 spot) for top 3 pick. Whats the % for 5/6/7/9/10 pick for top 3.

  33. WHY ARE YOU YELLING!?

    Yes. Sikura does sign. Hawks are his favorite team. All offers will be the same…except he can burn a year early here. Also, on a line with 8 and 88.

  34. “IT SENDS A SIGNAL TO YOUNG D-MEN – STAY CLEAR OF CHICAGO ! …. LIKE SIKURA, WHO WILL. NOT SIGN”

    Yeah, Sikura is a forward…

    “REMEMBER THE HAWKS TRADED HJALMARRSON FOR KEMPNY – SO WE GOT A 3RD round draft pick for Hjalmarrson…. wtf ?”

    Funny, Kempny and Hjalmarsson were on last years team…

  35. Ray, practice your shtick in front of a mirror until the guy in the mirror agrees with you, then come back and try it here again.

  36. Mo its 17.1% for 9th, 18.3% for 8th, 20.5% for 7th and 23.4% for 6th. Ogie Hjalmarsson was traded for Murphy and Dauphin. Dauphin was sent back with Panik for Duclair and an AHL player who i can’t remember his name.

  37. Was quoting Ray. Im not that dense.

    Dauphin and Panik for Duclair and Clendening. Both AHL players have produced well for their new teams. Dauphin was just recalled. Meanwhile Strome is in the A, ppg player there, but hasnt done anything in the show. Wonder if the Yotes are losing faith and think Strome is a Jurco.

    Hawks have 1 recall remaining unless its an emergency basis. So its either Hayden or Forsling.

  38. Watching the Pens v. Bruins game and it’s a fun game to watch. It’s 8-3 Bruins with a minute left in the 2nd. I have no love for Boston but it’s always fun to watch Cindy get his panties in a bunch.

  39. Yeah Ebony if he moves a contract theres room. Don”t subscribe so don’t get to read it. But we”ve mentioned that here, that the possibilities are many.

  40. Getting pretty late here in the east to keep watching mediocre hockey-

    Two thoughts-Kaner has gone from Panarin to Jurco-he can’t be thrilled and will someone please knock a forward on his ass in front of the net-this is what I mean by this team is missing guys with an edge/nasty temperament-Couture can camp in front of Berube with no fear.
    I’m dating myself but a little Magnuson/Chelios in front of the net!

  41. Dahlstrom, Gustafsson pairing and Schmaltz, Highmore and Debrincat line having off night, turnovers, missed opportunities, bad luck and not defending at all.

  42. Ebony in that article a is he talking about putting Hossa on ltir prior to the season rather than do it after like this year. I wondered if you could get around the replacement salary not be allowed to be higher by doing that.

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