Blackhawks Sign Brandon Manning

On Sunday the Blackhawks announced a third free agent addition, signing defenseman Brandon Manning to a two-year deal. CapFriendly is reporting the deal has a $2.25M cap hit.

Manning, 28, is a left-handed shot who scored seven goals with 12 assists in 65 games with the Flyers last year. Originally an undrafted free agent signing by Philadelphia, he has appeared in 207 regular season games in his career.

Listed at 6-1, 205 Manning was credited with 113 hits and 76 blocked shots while averaging 17:57 on the ice per game last year. He averaged 1:16 short-handed per game last season.

37 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Brandon Manning

  1. Manly Brandon ,Mmmmmmm if he is a stay at home type might be a decent signing .
    God knows we need someone who can stand tough and clear the puck in front of our net .
    How much ?

  2. 28 and LH D who had respectable numbers last year – could work out

    but I’ve never watched him play

  3. I would rather sign a guy like this than risk getting locked in to a guy with injury issues like De Haan. Ideally we would sign a guy like Ian Cole but he signed with Lanch which totally makes sense — they are exciting team on the way up and have a chance to do something in next couple of years. This is where we’re at — leftovers.

    The one thing Stan has done well has been to find some talent off the grid. That is where we might have a better chance at getting someone.

  4. Manning paid a mere $250k less than Kempny cap hit as a 6-7 D man. Q’s mistake compounded further by Bowman now. Kerosene on the fire. Not to mention Rutta cap hit this season the same. So nearly $5M cap hit for Manning & Rutta.

    Wow.

  5. Will the mustache like this guy is the question. My guess is yes, but you never know which way the mustache will lean. I’d hate to see another Trevor Daley to Rob Scuderi to Christian Erhoff carousel.

  6. Phyiscal. Good skater. Not terrible in the offensive end. Not a bad contract at all. Like the signing a lot.

  7. We have unlimited cap space to waste this yr.

    Only thing that matters is contract are 1 yr.

  8. Stan on the signings: “The future is bright here; we didn’t want to block out players in terms of longer term deals.”

    Geez, it’s like he is trying to sell Rocky on looking further and further out in the hope that Rocky will overlook the dumpster fire that he has created. If we are towards the bottom of the league by the new year, as I expect us to be, I hope that is the catalyst for Rocky to start issuing pink slips.

    I can live with having a poor team. What I can’t deal with is having the wrong direction. Come on Rocky, you’ve already lived through 28 years of Pully. Don’t let it happen again.

  9. Big picture
    only 1 yr contracts with unlimited cap space to waste this yr
    younger players get to progress by play
    one more yr and good young defenseman we have are coming
    like a certain ufa player next summer better
    trades
    Having Crow for more then 20 of 80 games

  10. I like what we did with these moves.

    Were loading up for the future.
    not trading 1st round picks or good young prospects/players.
    getting what we need for now.
    We still have trades and next summer ufas we might like/want better

    Id rather do it this way to the fullest, not half assed, then try to buy it with 7m-11m players.
    To me, the window, is getting our roster set for the coming yrs. That window is what we do from last trade deadline to next summer ufas/trades. Then well know what were looking at for the roster for the 5 coming yrs, how deep the roster will be and I think were better off doing it this way to get to where we want to get back to.

  11. Low risk signing. Can we please stop acting like Kempny is a future hall of fame candidate. He should have been given a chance to play with the Hawks but I don’t want him on a 4 year deal.

  12. Manning with intelligent comments about his style of play. Sounds exactly like how Kempny plays.

  13. I’m ok with Ward although I would have hoped lower than $3 mill and ok with Kunitz at 1yr $1mill. I don’t get the Manning signing. Every single poster from Philly say he is absolute garbage and he gets a two year deal at over $2 mill yikes. I think that one was a big mistake

  14. Flyers fans saying he gets caught up ice too often trying to join rush. Sounds a bit like that guy we traded a few months ago whose pinches were apparently a problem with the coach.

  15. Well philly does have a lot of young Depth D men and maybe those fans wanted the younger guys to play. Let’s hope he plays well for the Hawks. Numbers don’t look that bad.

  16. I agree with Morrison and Jordy. Absolutely no reason for Stan to be giving out 5 years to guys like John Moore.

    Kunitz = Andrew Brunette type signing. He ultimately replaces Sharp.

    Ward is a winner. I see his save percentage and all that, but when he played, Carolina was a better team. Look at his win/loss.

    Manning is borderline dirty. Plus he has played 400 professional games. For all those who did not like Oesterle and said he was too small and not a crease clearer, this guy is the opposite. If anything Blake Hillman probably lost his shot at a roster spot today.

  17. For LH D behind Keith there is Manning, Gus and Forsling – one of those 3 is not going to be in the top 3 pairs

    If Forsling can nail down a regular spot this year then maybe Gus goes to 7th D and Oesterle to RKF

  18. There likeky will be some defensemen traded before October. So it will depend on who they can find a buyer for.

  19. Amazing how this GM continues to lock his legacy as one of the worse GM’s in the NHL. Today’s moves once again show the lack of vision and expertise BOWMAN has. Signing a 34 year old washed up goalie because he still has not drafted one sicne Tallon drafted Crawford. A 38 year old 4th liner way past his prime. An undrafted dman who took almost 7 years to make it the NHL on one of the worse defensive teams in the EAST? What has Stan Bowman done in his tenure to keep his job? The Cup winners are all Tallon’s pick. Some on this board defend him to the end. Crazy! He is a joke! Bouma, Wingels, Franson, Ruuta, Forsberg, Berube, Kunitz, Manning, Ward, Schroeder, Pokka, Forsling, Clendening, Panik, Wiese, Fleishman, Garbutt, Murphy, Scuderi, Kero, Chaput, Duclair, Jurco (Would have preferred Duclair and Jurco over Kunitz and Schroeder), Kahun, Baun, Martinson, Tootoo?What has he done?

  20. Graham Knott? Iacopelli? The Belguim goalie? 165 6th round pick SIKURA? 5’7″ Debrincat? Anthony Louis 5’7″? William Pelletier 5’5″? German 5’9″ Kahun?
    Oh yeah, let’s draft BOQVIST, BEAUDIN, JOKU, and Ian MITCHELL for an all smurf defensive under 6 feet core. No need for big dman Seabrook/Webber style Evan Bouchard or big sniper Oliver Walhstrom, right mister Kelley and Bowman???
    What is amazing about the bad accountant Mr. Santa Claus Bowman, is his arrogance with Eric Lear to be so defiant that he had a great day? Like last year blaming PANARIN and the HAMMER for the lose against Nashville? Or firing the coach’s best friend? Hiding behind the cap excuse is cowardly. The Pens, the Kings, the Lightning, the Sharks, all the top teams pick low but still have a pipeline of prospects! We trade ours for nothing in return or draft poorly for a decade!

  21. My fav is Drew Leblanc??? Remember that Bowman hype??? Could not skate but very good at math like Bowman!
    That was funny!

  22. Makita: since you are upset, I have more for you on that front.

    Add up Manning & Murphy cap hit and then Hjalmmerson & Kempny. Its only a couple hundred grand higher for the latter. Hammer is only getting an extra $900k cap hit starting the following season as well.

    This being said, this situation is not all Bowman’s fault. If Kempny played regular minutes here the last two seasons, he would have re-signed here again for slightly less $ than he took in Washington. Manning would have never been signed then.

    If Q was frustrated w Murphy at times, wait until he gets a look at Manning playing regular minutes. He’s gonna make Kempny look like Ray Bourque in his prime.

    Say what you want about Philly fans being rude, mean, ruthless; all true. But they know their hockey. If they think Manning sucks, case closed.

  23. Not upset at all, just laughing at Bowman’s work. Keith, Seabrook, Toews and Kane are the ones who are not laughing today. Kane lost Panarin last year! But this year he gets 38 year old Kunitz???? Haha… Seabrook gets Manning??? Haha!
    And the entire team gets WARD…. I can’t stop laughing! Love the hype of Sikura who will be on waivers in a couple of years or playing in Swiss 2nd division. German star Kahun should make loits of waves in ECHL..Again, some people laughed at my comments during the last year but as we all know and must admit, our GM, Kelley and Gauthier are simply awful. How muchn did he give Peter Pan Osterle? And stressed out Ruuta? Wow… Fun times ahead….especially with vertigo denial by the HAWKS with Crawford and Concussion problems with TOEWS. And by drafting Joku, Mitchell, Boqvist and Beaudin, we have no high end prospects at the forward position. Apart from Schmaltz, there is no one with high end talent who has speed, skill and is above 6 feet tall. Debrincat is a fringe player who does well against latvia or Arizona!

  24. Makita: you make some valid points, some not so valid. As I have stated numerous times prior hereto, Bowman has done a nice job drafting and signing free agent young/non NHL established talent.

    Bowman’s problem — and today’s signing of Manning is yet another example — is when he acquires/trades established players. So we ‘ll see how this plays out, but chances are Manning is not going to become even the second coming of Sopel his last season (’10 Cup) w the Hawks.

  25. Brandon Manning is a fine player. Not an impact player but some who can hold down the bottom pair atleast the money is good. He is probably better then anyone else from last year in the 2nd pair.

    The problem is going to be the presser. These arent flashy moves and last year the Hawks were a basement team. At minimum none of this is bad money. I’m not sure this is going to be enough to save Stan’s job though.

  26. There will be some trades happening yet, the roster is not set. Ketting the younger players grow another year is ok.

  27. A small market team like Calgary signs James Neil while Stan Bowman signs Chris Kunitz? Tells us all we need to know about this joke of a GM we still have in Chicago. He has not done anything outstanding since taking over from Tallon. Nothing. And this branding him the Cap guru is completely ridiculous. Everyone knows by the way who screwed up the paper work back in 2009? It was not Tallon but the accountant who happens to be Scotty Bowman’s son. What a joke these signings are…just as bad as last year and all the dumb trades he has made. The roster is worse today then at the end of last season. Poor Kane, Toews, Seabrook and Keith. They deserve more respect than playing with AHL, ECHL players and an over the hill 38 year old. Hawk fans and media need to call out BOWMAN. Fire him and hire a serious hockey man not a geek bad accountant who knows nothing about hockey.

  28. It is hard to argue against Makita21’s main points. Bowman should be fired. I would send Q with him.

    It’s not that I think there are replacements that are much better. It’s just time for a fresh view. Time for a new vision. Ownership can wait another year or two but that is just delaying the inevitable.

    I’m sure most of us would agree, people tend to get too much credit when things go well and too much blame when things go bad. Even more so for coaches, GM’s and politicians.

    Bowman is no exception. An example of this is the performance of Toews, Keith and Seabrook. Is it realistic to think that Bowman could have predicted that they would decline as fast as they have?

    If Saad had his best year ever, would our impression of Bowman be different? Is it realistic to claim that Bowman should have known the outcome of that trade? I hated the trade but have to admit I was not sure how it would turn out.

    If Boqvist turns in to a superstar and Debrincat stays as a 30 goal snipper for 10 years does Bowman’s drafting skills get reevaluated?

    All in all, I think Bowman has lost more gambles than he has won. I think it is crazy that he and his coach are not on the same page with acquisitions. I think he has given out larger contracts than he needed to. I think his gamble on this year’s draft is foolish.

    Bowman got to hoist the cup and look like a great GM when he probably didn’t deserve the credit he received. Now he should get the boot regardless of how much of the blame for the teams decline he truly deserves.

    Next please!

  29. Well said! My issue remains with his responsabilities of a Gm which he simply sat on for years. To completely gut his farm team but also not to draft a ngolaie in the 2nd or 3rd round since Tallon or a dman since Hammer (Tallon’s pick), except fopr Johns which he threw in is laziness and irresponsibilty. You win cups but you still draft and stock your farm system. And I do not mean only 1st round picks but 2nd and 3rd rounders! You trade players away you need to make sure you have someone legit to step up from the farm system which the Pens , the Kings, the Sharks, Nashville. And you are right, the disconnect between Coach Q and Bowman is obvious. There was more respect by Coach Q towards Tallon than Bowman. That is why a proven GM like Lombardi or Doug Wilson would fix this long term! A GM is judged by draft picks, trades, free agent signings and salaries. He has failed. I cannot blame Teows, Keith, Kane or Seabrook for a down year. No way!

  30. When the Hawks were winning 2-3 years ago I was criticizing Bowman at this website and did not have much company. Makita makes many good points, especially not drafting a quality goalie for all these years. Some of us couldn’t believe it when Bowman gave the declining Seabrook that contract for life. He is untradable. When you are unable to manage the cap year-after-year it leads to desperate trades like the following:

    2015: Packaging Johns in order to move Sharp and getting no quality in return. Trading Saad to avoid having to sign him to a decent contract.

    2017: Trading Panarin for Saad because Panarin is soon due for a big payday. Trading Hjalmarsson for Murphy to stay under the cap.

    Bowman continues to draft nearly all smurfs over the years. This latest draft may turn out to be his best (including the Hartman trade), but there is no excuse not to have a couple of six footers in the pipeline weighing 180 for so. Get ready to be outhit for the umpteenth season. Who do we have to make their presence known if D-Cat, Hino, Kane, and others keep getting walloped? Guess Byfuglien was too big for Stan.

  31. Corrected grammar.

    When the Hawks were winning 2-3 years ago I was criticizing Bowman at this website and did not have much company. Makita makes many good points, especially not drafting a quality goalie for all these years. Some of us couldn’t believe it when Bowman gave the declining Seabrook that contract for life. He is untradable. When you are unable to manage the cap year-after-year it leads to desperate trades like the following:

    2015: Packaging Johns in order to move Sharp and getting no quality in return. Trading Saad to avoid having to sign him to a decent contract.

    2017: Trading Panarin for Saad because Panarin is soon due for a big payday. Trading Hjalmarsson for Murphy to stay under the cap.

    Bowman continues to draft nearly all smurfs over the years. However, this latest draft may turn out to be his best (including the Hartman trade), but there is no excuse not to have a couple of six footers in the pipeline weighing 180 or so. Get ready to be outhit for the umpteenth season. Who do we have to make their presence known if D-Cat, Hino, Kane, and others keep getting walloped? Guess Byfuglien was too big for Stan.

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