Blackhawks Sign David Rundblad To 2-Year Extension

On Monday, the Blackhawks signed defenseman David Rundblad to a two-year extension that is reportedly worth $1M per season.

Rundblad, 24, posted three goals and 11 assists in 49 regular season games for the Hawks this season. He also appeared in five playoff games. He figures to be in the mix with a number of rookies for the three available spots on the Hawks’ blue line when training camp opens.

42 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign David Rundblad To 2-Year Extension

  1. Low risk, he is a replacement level player. Its also being reported its a 2 way deal in case he gets beaten out by one of the new kids.

  2. If it is a two way deal, I have no issue with this signing. Often defensemen take longer to find their way at the NHL level. The guy has some obvious skills but needs to improve the mental side of the game. That can come with time, patient coaching and the resulting increase in confidence. We know there will be young kids on the blue line next season. Let’s accept that as reality and, based on a two way deal, give Rundblad a chance to win his place.

  3. So Stan wasn’t playing possum when he mentioned Rundblad as a guy who had a good chance to come back. Here’s hoping Saad and Kruger get kept on the Blackhawks roster. Interesting to see how this all plays out………

  4. I also like this signing. The kid has a cannon shot and is a good skater. He needs to get much tougher on the puck and the coaches need to work with his positioning. He also needs to gain confidence. He is still a young guy and for 1 mil he may be worth the gamble. I think he could become our 6th d man.

  5. Hard to argue with a two way deal. Clearly Runblad is a beggar and not a choser. He can be depth of injuries happen or TVR, Johns, Paliotta, Pokka aren’t ready.

  6. I thought Rundblad would be traded and I’m a bit surprised they did this but I can certainly see the logic and upside. There’s untapped potential with him to be sure and it’s a nice safety valve if some of the top RH defensemen prospects aren’t ready.

    And I’m getting the impression from hanging around in Rockford the Blackhawks not only want their prospects “ready”, they want them “over ripe”, meaning more than ready. That’s the Detroit model and if you can do it, it makes sense.

    I think this signing says all three of Johns, Paliotta, and Pokka will see time in Rockford this season, some more than others. That to me is not a bad thing.

    As a side note, despite what Bowman has said publicly, it’s not out of the realm of possibility Rundblad still gets traded.

  7. My guess is the Hawks are trying really hard to get an “intriguing” younger defenseman in any deal for Sharp. One that doesn’t cost too much salary as well. I don’t think the Hawks (and Quenneville) want to enter camp with three defensemen job openings and only have van Riemsdyk, Johns and Paliotta as their options. Runblad becomes the 7th or maybe 8th defenseman who bounces between Rockford and the press box while skating occasionally for the big club.

  8. With Oduya hitting the road, I think we should expect another vet getting added to the mix. Right now we have 2-4-7 then 57/5 plus Johns, Pokka, Paliotta. That’s 8 for your active roster right there. Any rumblings about a low cost free agent out there? Otherwise that looks like it could be your d-corps for 2015/2016.

  9. Also worth checking is whether or not Rundblad is waiver exempt. I suspect he’s not, so even with a two way deal shuttling him back and forth may not be what they’re thinking. I doubt they’d want to lose him for nothing, it’s a different scenario than Tim Erixon was.

    Plus Oduya is out the door so they’ll need another guy to play the left side.

  10. The key for next season is Johns. More than TVR, Paliotta and Pokka…he is the guy that has to stay injury free and carve out a solid NHL rookie season. A lot is banking on his arrival. I love everything about his game from his Notre Dame games. But now it has to come together.

  11. Hof my good man, I’ll bet you a Freska that the only time Johns sees Rockford again is on injury rehab.

  12. With Reilly’s decision to sign with Minny, the Hawks will probably move Hjalmarsson back to his natural left side and have only one more LD position to fill. TvR played LD at the beginning of last season and he’s a possibility there. Gustafsson who was signed as a FA out of Sweden is also a possibility at LD.

    As for the RD’s, Johns had a few injuries last season, and like TvR, it’s a concern that they can stay healthy – some guys are just snake bit when it comes to their ability to stay on the ice. Paliotta has good potential but with all of one NHL game under his belt is a big unknown. Pokka, according to Icehog fans who saw him play a bunch, needs more time before he’s ready for anything more than a cup of coffee.

    So that said, Rundblad may be more in the picture than just some guy waiting for an injury call up. He shows good potential on the offensive side of the red line but not so much on the other half of the ice. The problem I see with Rundblad is his mental game is not quick enough. The thing I don’t know is if that’s due to him being mentally slow, in which case he isn’t going to get appreciably better in that regard, or if it’s more of a nervous “afraid to make a mistake” hesitancy that may get better with more experience. I guess we’ll find out more as we go.

  13. Runbad… as bad as he can be from time to time… He has shown a lot of improvement… so I am ok with this… IF he continues to improve- He will be fine

    I don’t know much about Gustafsson… but if he he is like a lot of Swedes before him..
    he could be a surprise on D- at least I can hope…

  14. As i have mentioned giving my self a headache, RUNDBLAD ahs a huge up side more than any of the “draft picks” some see stars. RUNDBLAD if “mentored by the core four and Keith in particular will shine, he would fit into a Tampa Bolts system easy, Hawks give him some freedom on the offensive end and he will shine.

    This is a good thing and proves his value as a Hawks glad they did not blow another one!

    TVR better put some weight on and some muscle he is tooooo lean = thin and will be injury prone as i predicated, even getting banged up in the junior little man league too?

    go hawks

    goof signing

  15. Defense is the hardest position to learn and excel at in the NHL . . . so anyone like Johns ( average at best) will really need to develop fast. But I keep going back to the Hawks have 3 of the best d-men in hockey and how can we not develop our young core defensemen with them as teachers. mentors and influencer.

    Hammer not playing on his natural side is a shame and why he is turnover prone, weak back hand exit passes, get him on his strong side and he is a stronger player and can play with a younger pairing if hammer is playing his strong side. whole new hammer!

  16. Rundblad is NOT given freedom to roam on the offensive end like the BOLTS do. Once Rundblad is allowed without being benched to push it offensively he will shine. Great great slap shot, very accurate, good speed, head up always and great passer and good on defense. He will get better as a stand up d-man and he just needs “minutes” ice time like TNT did, that is the cure and then and ONLY THEN CAN YOU GUESS what he’s capable he has not been given a shot yet.

    Comfort will come from playing but CONFIDENCE will come from the bench and encourage him to drop below the dots and create trouble on the O-end.

  17. I love it how some take a aubliminal swipe at Quenneville on how he does and does not use David Friggin Runblad. 3 Stanley Cup championships in his 7 years in town and the man gets questioned on how he assesses and uses “talent.” Fu(king priceless. The same people who ripped the man over his assessment and faith in Jeremy Morin ! It never stops.

  18. Rufus, I’m not trying to be critical of Q. Just saying that Leddy is a superior defenseman to Rundblad. But Leddy also had his faults. Which is why he wasn’t trusted in the playoffs, rightfully so. So why should we expect an inferior defenseman to get more ice than someone that was shipped out previously? Maybe Rundblad figures it out. But like you pointed out, Q has a system. And he knows the type of player that will and won’t work in said system.

    However, I would still like to see younger players get more minutes than we have been accustomed to seeing. At least in the regular season.

  19. RTF-your response was justified-(minus the Morin reference-lol)
    More importantly didn’t we just win the Stanley Friggin Cup-some of you need to leave the computer, go outside, smell some roses and enjoy the summer.

  20. Rundblad become a target last season as everybody saw he was delicate on the boards. Big body D man afraid of getting hit. You can’t coach that. He’ll eat some RS minutes.
    I think people over react to the Hawks D situation. All they need is von Riemsdyk not to get injuried.

  21. Mr. Rufus, you opened the door to Morin again? Now that you brought him up, he’s the perfect replacement for Sharp. Proven sniper at all levels, he can bang in the corners, he has an unteachable knack for putting the biscuit in the basket. Bowman can bring him back on the cheap — $800k on expiring contract. If Versteeg can come back, why not Morin at 1/3 the cost of Versteeg’s contract? The ONLY time Morin ever played top six minutes was two years ago when Kane & Toews were both hurt. Morin will never make it in this league playing Bollig-type minutes. If Q doesn’t want Morin back, how about Stalberg at minimum salary? He’s getting bought out. Ok, I ran out of my rx.

  22. I like this signing. The Hawks like mobile, puck moving D-men who can skate. Rundblad fits the bill. His defensive game needs work, and he could be better at facilitating breakouts, but he has the tools to succeed in our system of play.

    Quick question: I know that Sharp is likely to be traded for obvious reasons. But what series of events could lead to him staying?

    I ask because I read an excellent article that attempted to analyze why his output was so low. In a nutshell, the article stated that Sharp is at his best when he finds seams in the neutral zone and he gets sprung on breakaways or fast transitions. In other words, Sharp produces when he gets a crisp pass through the neutral zone. Either he scores off the rush or he keeps possession until the cavalry arrives at the other end. So when he’s on the ice with Toews, Keith, Hossa, and others who are good at breakouts under forechecking pressure, Sharp is killer. When he’s with, say Bickell and/or Shaw on the third line, who struggle with breakouts, Sharp is pedestrian.

    I kept an eye on that during the second half of the season. It was a remarkable point. While Sharp’s numbers are due in part to an unlucky shooting percentage, his game doesn’t mesh with his linemates. The point is that, despite low production, I think he has gas left in the tank and it isn’t worth giving him away just to shed salary. Pair him with TT next year and I bet he produces numbers worthy of a 5.9M cap hit.

    Who else would go to make that cap space? If we only move Bickell and Shaw, would we have enough room for another year of Sharp?

  23. Just a reminder for those that only want to watch the Hawks and take swipes, Nick Leddy was dominant for the Isles this year while facing their toughest competition.

    TvR- TvR is pretty damn muscular. Just do some google image searches. All the muscle in the world won’t stop his knees from popping though.

  24. It was reported on the Score this morning that Oduya will test the market come July 1st. Take the source with a grain of salt but it is interesting (and somewhat depressing) to see what his market is. Will he give the Hawks a hometown discount? This may very well be his last big contract so my guess is that he will take a 4 year deal and run….

  25. Oduya is 33 years old so I do not know if he will get a 4 year deal but perhaps a 3 year one.

  26. JS – Leddy signed a 7 years/$38 M contract. They obviously didn’t pay him for being bad. Good/great regular season…
    I wasn’t impressed with him in the playoffs though. Pretty average playoff performance.

  27. @ Jim Perkins

    The score is a pretty reliable source actually. They have a few guys plugged in. There on air hockey content is another story,…

    Anyways, its extremely doubtful that Oduya gives the Hawks any discount. In this down FA market he’s going to get nice offers and the Hawks are wise to let him move on.

    I am a HUGE Oduya fan, he’s been excellent since he arrived and has been a reliable piece for the Hawks over the last 3 seasons. However, he is 33 and has played 65 playoff games over the last 3 seasons.

    It’s gonna sting but its time!

  28. @ TRAVIS

    Sharp could stay if the following things happened

    Not resigning Saad and Kruger

    Trading Seabrook or Crow or any other core player(Hello Don Sweeney)

    Hossa suddenly retires

    Bottom line he’s not staying!

  29. Dumdum- still carried possession while facing toughest competition. 5 points in 7 games while skating almost 25 minutes per. Don’t know if I’d consider that average.

    Unless Oduya wants to take half of what he will be offered as a FA, don’t see him coming back to Chicago.

  30. SSHM- while I do believe 10 will get moved… I think SB has other “plans” in case he can’t move 10 for any real value… and they aren’t nearly as dramatic as you think…

    He can actually keep 20, 50, core- but would have to remove 23,29 and or LTIR someone… maybe even keep 16… depends on Cheap bridge for 20 or longer- bigger $$$… but the math adds up… the key is DUMPING Handcuffs!!! They have around $7M now- which pays for Danault, 5, 72, 42, Johns, TvR, Pokka, Baun… so then they need to MAYBE lose $6.5M to pay 16,20… IT IS doable!!!! and that is about what 23 and 29 combine for in salary!!!

    Any chance John Moore come to Chicago? Is any good???

    JS- speaking of Muscles… saw a photo of Panarin in a teeshirt — little guy- has some GUNS!!!

  31. JS- Obviously they were the top pairing. I watched him play in the RS and he looked out of gas in the playoffs. Maybe it was the match up. Just to be clear…I didn’t say he was awful, just that he didn’t seem as a force out there.
    My general opinion about him is that he’s an Oduya, not a Keith.

  32. WALL- they’re still 2 C short even if they do all those moves. They need to either re-sign Richards or get another similar one… a good veteran looking for a cup chance/rebuild his market type.

  33. DumDum- I had- TT at Center… I don’t think he is ready either… but it is a possible scenario… and financially- works… AND- if Hawks are playing well- then you roll dice… if NOT- Trade 10 at TDL- where SB can hold teams Hostage… Right now- NHL can hold Hawks Cap purge Hostage -imo

    42/Danault/Baun– can even sign 11 maybe?

    Pokka/5/Johns— or other Cheap option

  34. Hossa suddenly retiring doesn’t keep Sharp here… the cap penalty would likely mean more players have to go…

    Also, Hawks are reportedly working on a long-term extension w/ Seabrook.

  35. Tab- with your line-up… seems like the Hawks – would have around $3M left and $5.2 M left if they move 23 too… (assuming $7M allocated to 16/20)…

    so what/who would they add???

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