Blackhawks Send Darling To Rockford

After Tuesday night’s victory, the Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Scott Darling to Rockford.

Darling, 25, has been fantastic while Corey Crawford has been out of the lineup, posting a a 5-2-0 record, .937 save percentage and 1.97 goals-against average over two call-ups to Chicago this season.

32 thoughts on “Blackhawks Send Darling To Rockford

  1. I wonder if due to raanta’s success, he will actually get more starts with crow back in? Probably not, but it would be nice to rest him more, especially coming off an injury. Still not sure if raanta’s better than darling, but he’s had some impressive saves lately and has yet to face an easy oponent. Come to think of it, there aren’t too many of those this season…..

  2. I think this is the right move. It was flip a coin close but Raanta is the safer choice to sit a lot and be Crawford’s backup. Don’t know how Darling would do playing once every 7 or 8 games.

  3. OK- after several games from both backups…

    Is anybody out there willing to jump to the “darkside” (My rant that- Hawks could consider moving Crow/Contract (mostly after this year))… because -imo- the Hawks would be better off spending that extra $5M on position players in front of the Goalie!!!

    While my Eyes tell me Crow IS better than both Sasquatch and Raanta… (marginally)
    My RANT has always been more about the Skaters in front of Goalie… Stat wise- My theory looks kinda right… Furthermore, the last few games were played with a MIX of young D men revolving in and out!!!

  4. Wall- Darling will be due new paper next year. Raanta has one more year and I still don’t really trust his ability over the long haul. Basically I think you’d be saving closer to 2-3M by trading Crawford.

  5. Oh wall, It’s like you forget who was the MVP in last years playoffs as well as 2012 (I realize it was given to Kane, but let’s be honest, it could have EASILY been given to Crow, some claim rightfully)

    Come playoff time Crawford has been outstanding, before he was injured this year? He was the best player on the ice.

    I too, used to be unsupportive of Crawford but those days are over. He’s proven to be worth his contract 10 times over. We’re not going to make a deep run in the playoffs any year with Raanta or Darling. They just don’t have the skill or experience to make that a reality.

    With all due respect, if Crawford only “marginally’ passes the eye test in comparison to these two, you might want to invest in a pair of glasses…

  6. JS- So you are suggesting that Darling will get $3M-$4M??? I don’t get it???
    If you are adding in Raanta raise (in 2 years- I say dump him in 2 years for The Russian 6’6″ kid who is tearing up KHL – or other)

    DarkBird- I AM NOT FORGETTING!!! CROW was NOT MVP!!! FACT!!!

    Another fact- the STATS- that prove my point (so far)… the Goalies are Pretty much identical- Stat wise!!!

    Lastly- let’s imagine the Hawks didn’t have Crow this year… AND instead Picked Up Kesler… Does Puck possession go up??? Does face-off winning % go Up??? Are the Hawks tougher to skate against with Kesler???

    Do the all ready Great numbers from Raanta/Darling get better or Worse with Kesler??? Now this is ALL “what if”– But I am guessing the Hawks Goals against go Down… BUT I CANNOT PROVE IT!!!

    JUST like no one can prove that Raants/Darling would wet the bed in PO’s… OR they couldn’t be successful!!!

  7. JS- So you are suggesting that Darling will get $3M-$4M??? I don’t get it???
    If you are adding in Raanta raise (in 2 years- I say dump him in 2 years for The Russian 6’6″ kid who is tearing up KHL – or other)

    DarkBird- I AM NOT FORGETTING!!! CROW was NOT MVP!!! FACT!!!

    Another fact- the STATS- that prove my point (so far)… the Goalies are Pretty much identical- Stat wise!!!

    Lastly- let’s imagine the Hawks didn’t have Crow this year… AND instead Picked Up Kesler… Does Puck possession go up??? Does face-off winning % go Up??? Are the Hawks tougher to skate against with Kesler???

    Do the all ready Great numbers from Raanta/Darling get better or Worse with Kesler??? Now this is ALL “what if”– But I am guessing the Hawks Goals against go Down… BUT I CANNOT PROVE IT!!!

    JUST like no one can prove that Raants/Darling would wet the bed in PO’s… OR they couldn’t be successful!!!

  8. You know wall means business when the CAPS LOCK comes out! :)

    I do find it hard to believe that you think we would have beaten the Wild last year without Crawford, we were badly outplayed, like, very badly. Are you suggesting Raanta could have pulled that off? Or Darling?

    I understand your point to make Cap room for next year, but you think they’re going to move Crawford this year? Really? This is our last year at a definitive cup run, and you want to take a 10-12 game sample size of our back up goalies in the regular season as proof enough to move our number one goalie who is a proven playoff performer?

    Can I have some of the drugs you’re smoking?

  9. Dark Bird he’s implying after the season.

    I’m not saying next year, but generally, even mediocre starting goalies are in the 3M range. If you want to keep moving to the next guy, that’s a different story and questionable for sustained success. Like think of how much better the Wild would be if they were getting league average goaltending.

  10. DB- No way to prove either way – Hawks would have won/lost with another goalie… I still contend Hawks would have won with Frolik over 26 (and it was within Cap reach last year)… BUT- the Argument is more about the $6M that Crow earns now vs. a respectable/affordable $$$ amount he earned last year ( at least I think his big contract kicked in this year!).

    And- I don’t smoke drugs – ANYMORE!!! I stopped a couple of years ago when I suggested on this board that Shaw get called up (because he can play)… And Tab- said I was Drinking the Bong water!!!

    The Caps were for YOU- “Wall- You are forgetting who the MVP was”- OH- but he wasn’t… but he was??? lol

    Yes- the stats are from a small sample size in count… BUT- they are statistically relevant when 14 out of 42 games… the Numbers are pretty much identical to Crow’s!
    Fact!!!

  11. My opinion on keeping/trading Crawford is that you keep him. I acknowledge the Hawks defense is so good that a good but not great goalie would suffice, but there are times when the pressure is on and that good goalie needs to play great – and Crawford has done that in the playoffs when the heat is turned up. That’s why I think keeping Crawford and his $6M salary is the better decision.

  12. I, too (like D-bird), have never been a big fan of CC. Took me a long while to get over the Phoenix fiasco a few years back. The Cup year of 12/13 was a year the team would have won win any competent goalie in my opinion. CC won me over in last years run and showed he was a top-10 goalie in the league and I give him kudos for that.

    Regardless- my view is the Hawks possession game and extraordinary team D approach makes the numbers of virtually all goalies look good to great. This year is another example of this “effect”, following the Emery stats example in the Cup year.

    Bottom line, noone is trading Crawford THIS year, as we’re ready for a serious Cup run and would be foolish to make that move preemptively. However, NEXT year I could/would support keeping Raanta and Darling and moving CC for cap relief and picks/pipeline talent.

    The question for 15/16 is: would you rather keep CC and lose 2 of Saad, Sharp, Seabs and/or Kruger? OR would you rather keep all these guys and have them playing in front of Darling/Raanta?

  13. Negzz- Don’t know if you have to lose “2 of” vs. Crow… Guess that depends on #’s…

    A lot of this- is based on what “the return/ trade/ picks” are for a # 10 vs. # 50…
    or # 29 vs. # 50 ( almost nothing- in this case- unless 29 has another big SC run)…
    or # 7 vs. # 50 trade/return value…

    Then you have to factor in- what Prospects can replace any of these guys above – sooner than later… with the smallest drop in Team play…

    Before this year- I would have said – Johns for #7…
    Now I am feeling/thinking – Goalies for Crow…
    Once again- I like Seabs, and I think Crow is better than both “others”…
    BUT- some tough decisions will need to be made next year- based on Cap #, return, and “Next Prospect to fill the Missing blank/cap casualty”- who is closest to being ready…

    I don’t see the “next Sharp” in the system… BUT- he is the oldest of the bunch…

  14. Wall, Agree the cap numbers have to play out before we know the actual tradeoffs, but the way I see it is as follows:
    * We have $65M locked up right now without 32, 27, 91, 16, 20, 42, 5, 34 or 13 (Sharp and TvR are in this calc.)
    * If the cap is $72 (that would be a high projection imho), we have $7m to play with, while holding at least $1M for trade options, that means only $6M effectively.
    * If you say goodbye to 32 and 27 and replace with TVR, 5, 34 and Hogs- then that’s at an add’l cost of $2M or so to set the D. That leaves $4 mil to re-sign the otherwise departing players.
    * My guess is that Saad will cost $4M/per on a long term deal so you effectively lose 16 and have nothing left to sign the rest and you’re without a 2C (and also your 4C.) You are therefore STUCK and have to also cut either 7 or 10’s $$ (unless you can trade 29.) Hence my thought that we’d lose 2-fer.

    Alternately, if you trade CC and pick up $6-$1 (Darling), you gain $5M to sign Kruger at $2M, keep your team in tact for the last year of 10’s contract, plus have the ability to re-sign 42, bring up TT and even keep 91!

    Makes sense to me!

  15. Well….like a number of sound posters on this board previously, I am going to check out for the forseeable future. This thing has severely devolved. Whether it be 24/7 obsession over role players, debate on replacing Corey Crawford on an elite level team with a street find or a dimunitive backup goalie type from Finland, whether it be Quenneville’s labeled obsession with playing veterans. It has all gotten a little bit sh!t-stupid and silly. So chalk me up as another veteran fan who will bag out of the Tab Bamford chat fest. Best wishes to all of you on a Merry Christmas.

  16. “24/7 Obsession over role players”

    Let us all think back to the first month of last season when Rufus T. Firefly concluded every post with the thought of “Phillip Danault will be here by the holidays at the latest and sure up the 2c position for years to come”. Yep.

  17. Rufus- I will trade You for Sr. Brad to come back— All day… I will even let Crow Stay on the Hawks…

    Please Rufus- Don’t go!!!

    What should we talk about for the next 3 days – without a game???

    Morin’s inabilities???

  18. Corey Crawford has been our most valuable player on the ice this year. People sure have short memories. No way we disrespect Crawford. He is our regular season and #1 playoff guy. Saddened seeing Darling go down but it could be the best for him…little more seasoning and development…goalies usually dont “bloom” until around 27, or so I’m told. This moves shows we value this guy. He has a future with this club. Cap, schmap…its not your $’s, Bowman (and Scotty) will find a way. My opinion is to hell with the cap. Give ’em the loot in a brown paper bag in a coffeeshop. I embrace free markets, dynasties and giant killers. Why do we need Arizona or Florida to be equal $ wise…let them work it out themselves. Keep the draft the way it is but lets free wheel on the $’s. Dyansties and Giant Killers will arise. It’s hockey for Petes sake! Doubt if anyone agrees but what the heck.

  19. Seabrook
    Sharp
    Bickell
    Crawford

    After this season we get to keep one of them.

    The Rogers deal amounts to $4m per team…so the cap goes up by 50 pct of hrr, so $2m cap increase…add another 1m for other growth, Password Saad and aafter that the pain is deep.

  20. Some quick fact checking…top MLB team roster salaries…NYY, LA, by a mile…then Philly, Boston and Detroit…..KC ( Giant Killers, 19th and about 1/3 the salary of the NYY)….Oakland 27th! Eventual winner by one run SF is 6th. Big bucks is no guarantee of a winning season. Why do we have to blow up the team over man made constraints. Maybe we should just get rid of the SC Final and give everyone a participation award! Edmonton loaded with talent feeding at the bottom, Toronto up against the cap consistently since its inception but no cup in 47 years. Raleigh, Phoenix, Winnipeg, not Chicago, LA or NY markets. Let them use their wits and scouting to build a competitive team. It’s an old argument but the cap is nonsense.

  21. I was on my phone and autocorrect changed “Pay Saad” into Password Saad.
    I mean I think we’re losing core players. Probably several.

  22. I think that Crawford has been the best player on the team this year, but I don’t like his contract money. That being said, he isn’t going anywhere.

    Raanta and Darling will fight for back up time and get moved back and forth to Rockford until someone comes along and gives up a high draft pick for one of them. One of them will be gone by next season, unless Crawford stumbles in front of a bus on Michigan avenue, then they will both be up with the big club.

    We’re solid in net, solid on D, solid at forward. Let’s do another Cup parade!!

  23. I am with Miningman.
    The cap isint going to be that bad, man. MAYBE were not keeping 10 but really depending on what cap is it might only be 29. (and 32/27)
    With 91 working well with 88, he might sign for less again.

    I trust the Bowmans to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

  24. Wall, who was out most valuable player in last years playoff run?! And finally some solid sense coming out of mining man! Thanks for that. No disrespect wall but this idea that Crawford isn’t a great goalie is simply outdated! I would rather call up our young talent than ditch a solid netminder. This year or any year.

  25. And I realize they are facts you’re regurgitating, I’m not disputing they aren’t facts. I’m simply stating that your facts are not based on a large enough amount of evidence to get rid of one of our best players. You may have been right about Shaw, but you’re dead wrong about Crow.

  26. DBird- I am really saying two things… SB/ will have several variables to consider when deciding who to move for the upcoming Cap crunch (return, Prospects that can replace with the smallest loss to team, and $$$)- collectively.

    2nd- I am in the camp ( like pitchers in baseball)- there are truly only a few “Great” goalies every decade or two… Miller was considered elite couple years ago- Is he now-imo-no

    I think Crow has been Rock solid (especially last 2 years- when he has really minimized the “soft goals”)… But like my 1st point- there are several variables that have to be considered when looking at the Cap crunch coming next year…

  27. Nobody here is saying DUMP CROW. I agree with Wall and others that the emergence of 2 young capable goalies and obviously the goalie coaching upgrade made last summer simply gives SB some options.

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