Mark McNeill

Blackhawks Send 10 More To Rockford

On Saturday afternoon, the Blackhawks made another round of roster cuts.

Chicago announced the organization has assigned forwards Ryan Haggerty, Mark McNeill, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp and defenseman Ville Pokka to the IceHogs. The Blackhawks have also released forwards Chris DeSousa and Pierre-Cedric Labrie, defenseman Kirill Gotovets and goaltenders Mac Carruth and Mark Visentin from training camp.

The news indicates Morin and Tropp have cleared waivers. McNeill is one year away from requiring waivers to be sent down.

17 thoughts on “Blackhawks Send 10 More To Rockford

  1. Seabrook got 8 years at $6.85M. A lot of money and a lot of years. Good for our chances in the next few years but it could present a problem later on. Hopefully the cap explodes over the next few years. Next year is not an issue with regards to the cap. We’ll have 18 players under contract and 4M in cap space. The following year is going to be very interesting especially if the cap doesn’t go up significantly give we have a number of RFAs that year.

  2. No problem with the dollars. Probably 2 years too long for me. Still sounds like a deal for the Hawks. He’d have got 8 per on the open market.

  3. I agree that some other team may have given him the same deal but come on. For most of the years of this contract he will be, at best, an average Dman. I know this sounds heretical but I would have traded him this year while his market value was at its peak. I understand that he had only one year left on his old deal but the Hawks could have gotten decent value in return.

    Who knows, perhaps Stan did dangle Seabrook and learned that he couldn’t get much of a return for a guy soon to hit free agency.

  4. Congrats to Seabs on the extension and getting the A. Absolutely well deserved.

    That being said, I absolutely hate the deal. 8 years and nearly 7 million a season good god

  5. Seabrook is the most under rated, under appreciated and overly criticized player on the Hawks……..maybe in the league. This guy scores more big goals in big games and makes more big plays than anyone in a Hawks uniform.

    He came in as an 18 year old kid and learned to play on very BAD Hawk teams, before really figuring out his position and playing the game at the NHL level. Remember, in 2013, it was Seabrook who stuck his head in the penalty box and got #19 to get his head out of his butt!! Then Seabrook went out and scored the overtime winner. Oh, then he blocked Stamkos shot in game 5, last year, that would have tied the game.

    C’mon boys, this guy is a Captain on any other team. He is the epitome of a professional hockey player who plays with heart, desire and passion. Give the guy his due!! My guess is that Stan called 3 teams and said, “what would you pay him?” They all said $8MIL, so Seabs gave the Hawks a discount.

    Seabrook will be a strong D man for 5 more years. We’re good.

  6. I will take 2-3 Stanley Cup runs in 5-6 years out of Seabs and then settle for 2 years of mediocrity. Plus, he seems to play a lot of games without major injuries and being on the DL.

  7. Reg, you’re absolutely right. On the money. Seabs is invaluable, he deserves this, and the rest will work its way out. His leadership alone is worth keeping him here. Those among you who try to predict the future of his team, or this contract, do us all a disservice by forgetting the past, and the definitely not too distant past at that. Take Seabrook away and we have maybe one and probably none of the 3 cups we’ve won in the last six years. We could have given him a 15 year contract and I’d be happy. Get real. Seabrook is a Blackhawk. And we’re lucky to have him.

  8. I agree with almost everything you said Reg. Except Crawford is the most under rated, under appreciated and overly criticized player on the Hawks. Yes it’s a lot of years but he is an invaluable part of this team and well deserving of the contract. He didn’t get as much as he could have on the open market but he got more years than he would have got, in my opinion.

  9. On the subject of the cuts, pretty much as expected. Later news was tryout Jan Hejda was released and center Tanner Kero was sent to Rockford. Looks like Visnovsky has a good chance to make the team.

    Paille, Kopecky, Baun, Hinostroza, Svedberg, Schilling, Mashinter, Gustafsson still in camp.

    The only mild surprise is cutting loose Hejda – I wonder if he’s landed a deal elsewhere.

  10. Brian………I agree with you. Crow is under appreciated and often criticized unjustly. Let’s just say that even Stanley Cup winning teams have their share of fans who beat up certain players just to make comments.

  11. Hof, I like Paille over all the forwards and Svedberg over a lot of the D, but Schilling is looking better and better every shift.

  12. One week left of the exhibition season, two games. I think they have a pretty good idea of what they want to do roster wise at this point. There are several guys who have had good camps who’ll be sent down by next weekend or mid week.

    Rockford’s two preseason games are this Thurday and Friday 10/1 & 10/2. Chances are good the front office will want all the Rockford players together for those games, with probably a few exceptions.

    Last minute injuries and trades can change things, but look for Hinostroza, Svedberg, Mashinter, Gustafsson, Leighton to be sent down. Kopecky does not want to play in the AHL and I do not see room for him. Seems obvious to me they like Visnovsky and Paille.

    I smell a small trade this week and some roaster juggling, probably after the St. Louis game this Thursday.

  13. Visnovsky has looked real good very mobile, nice passing and skating. Baun has looked good to has good positioning and awareness. Looks like McNeill is not in the plans maybe he will be part of a trade in the future.

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