Blackhawks Sign Jordin Tootoo

On Tuesday afternoon, the Blackhawks announced the team has signed veteran forward Jordin Tootoo.

Tootoo, 33, has registered 63 goals and 158 points in 673 career regular season games with the Predators, Detroit Red Wings, and Devils. He posted four goals and five assists and was minus-26 with 102 penalty minutes in 66 games with New Jersey last season.

95 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Jordin Tootoo

  1. absolutely pointless move! Stan keeps adding to his resume that shows he doesn’t really have a plan. They were better options available. He is 33, Tootoo was marginally effective like 6 yrs ago. Stupid move!

  2. Just weak. Very disappointing. Was hoping for a young energy guy like Josh Jooris.

    Tootoo is the kind of veteran you invite to camp to see if he can win a spot, much like Daniel Paille & Jan Hejda last year.

  3. Very little cap money available. Scrapping the bottom of the barrel for role players. Hardly a ringing endorsement of Hartman, McNeil, Johnson, Hino, Kero. None of whom is honestly true NHL material on a sustained basis.

  4. He’s a local hero and legend up here. Is Inuit, from the port town at tidewater on Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba. Famous for its Polar Bears. At Halloween each year helicopters patrol above the trick or treaters with sharpshooters armed with rifles to ward off the Polar Bears. Now that will make you tough! Also think he is the only native North American currently in the NHL . Bet he becomes a fan favourite real quick.

    Besides how cool will it be to have a Blackhawk sweater with “TooToo” on the back.

    Northern Saskatchewan and the rest of the great white north is rooting for ya!

  5. With regard to this breaking news, the Blackhawks issued a statement on behalf of Associate General Manager/Head Coach Joel Quenneville, “We like what Jordy brings to the table — a little bit of what we still miss from Bollig, and if Masher can’t pick up the slack, this gives us enough grit and bad penalties for half a game until I cut the bench short and roll three lines or eleven forwards, depending upon whether or not Jordy & Masher both dress.”

    General Mgr Stan Bowman was unavilable for comment. He was last seen entering a Taylor Street bar doing shots after this roster addition led by Q.

  6. P.S. Carcillo would be modern day version of Larmer compared to Mashinter and Tootoo. At least Carcillo could skate and backcheck.

  7. Hawkhead and Don Cherry are happy with this. At least it’s not yet another Swedish meatball.

    Teuvo, Nordstrom, Stalberg, Versteeg all gone and that’s just Carolina!

  8. Love your post M.M ,this signing says so much about the lack of new kids coming up to win a roster spot. Tootoo is a character player and has had to work incredibly hard to make it AND stay in the N.H.L. At the very least he will provide entertainment , Cherry will love it! Starting to see the makings of a crash ,bang ,,boom line.

  9. Crap ,did not realize Tootoo was a minus 26 last season,.,,

    Quick fill the bong ,where,s the lighter ????,.,.,no no just kidding.

  10. -26 on a “D” type team???

    yikes…

    does say a lot about the “prospects” Hartman/McNeill

  11. Minus 26 in 66 games last year. Yikes! Admire Jordan”s desire and all he has done but really can’t see this as helping at all. Let’s hope our PK is a hell of a lot better next year. This is actually depressing.

  12. I’m guessing Rockford has a bobblehead night for him no later than early February.

  13. Mudturtle- Cheechoo is in the KHL…forgot about Bear ELC and I just read about it other day at that. Thanks!

  14. I’m sure this is the league minimum one-way deal. Costs the cap nothing if he’s in Rockford. Hawks have plenty of contract space available. I see this is a simple signing of a veteran player who might be able to help the Hawks but will surely help the IceHogs.

  15. I see this is a move to Simply give the Hawks a little more flexibility to send guys up and down

  16. With all the light or non-hitting defensemen the Hawks have someone has to have some gritt, this move just might help. As one poster said ”Can’t be any worse than Mashinter”

  17. Mike- Yes of course, good point to bring up. Also nice to know we can put together that crash, bang, boom line for like, say, when Pittsburg ones to town and we need to make monkeys out of them just for hell of it.

  18. At the risk of being accused of being ungrateful this signing tells me what’s the point of trading away high end talent with upside like Tt for cap space when you waste the cap space on a guy like this. Hawks already have mashitter at a lower price. One more move like this and I am going to start posting about the sharp deal again

  19. If he plays in Rockford and doesn’t count against the cap then I will take my last post back

  20. Mike – makes sense. Don’t feel so bad now.

    That said, why don’t we trade for Tuomo Ruutu…just so we can hear Foley call a pass from Ruutu to Tootoo. Actually my body made a noise like that once after I ate bad shrimp.

  21. Stan just love wasting money. OMG. Can’t he hold on it till August to see unsigned free agent that would take minimum that has more talent ugh ur killing me with your dead wood signings Rosy Manshinter Runblad bickell scuderi now this loser ?

  22. Competition is good thing.

    20 makes roster after training camp/circus trip and 8 for 2nd 40 games. Maybe 20 starts in Rockford as well.

  23. A “white flag” signing?

    Question: who is 19 going to play with? 81 is another year older and they couldn’t find anyone effective on the other side all last year. The line disappeared. Why pay a tremendous player $10 mil per and not give him anyone to play with?

  24. If this is all we can sign, we are in for a LONG and frustrating season in Chicago. This is a waste of money.

  25. 1961 good point – Penguins played three rookie forwards solid consistent minutes throughout playoffs. You cant tell me a couple of the young Hawks’ forwards cant do the same by playoff time. Confidence is built by consistent minutes, there is enough talent amongst young forwards that players like Mashinter & Tootoo should be trying out for AHL teams

  26. Pete, Slammer, and others complaining about Stan wasting cap space –

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think these type of low-cost vet deals have any negative cap repercussions. If Tootoo is in Rockford, then his cap hit is off the books completely. If he’s in Chicago, then he’s presumably taking the place of one of the “kids” – and all these guys have cap hits in the $800K-$900K range, so it actually frees up more space. It’s a one-way contract, so he’ll get paid the same regardless of where he is, but his cap hit disappears if he’s not with the NHL club. Someone who knows more about the cap/contracts (Ernie?), please confirm.

    Hawks1961 – I don’t see this as a lack of confidence in the draft picks. It’s more of an insurance policy. Honestly, it would be pretty short-sighted to assume that 4-5 prospects are all going to make the leap in the same year, and all pan out and become lineup fixtures. It would be great if that happened, but realistically it will be more like 1-2 of them. The team needs a few non-prospects with NHL experience on cheap deals, whose cap hits could disappear in Rockford at a moment’s notice, at least as place-holders until the kids are ready.

  27. Can’t wait to see this team take the ice. Good long rest to get supercharged, more superstars than any other team, an incredible defense, a stellar goalie, the Hart and Art Ross winner, the Calder winner, multiple team leaders, brilliant and fearless management, perfect mix of veterans, guys coming into their peak years, and youngsters, a winning attitude, take’s no guff from anyone, and incredible experience. Every category ..1st place. This is and heck of a team that will provide thrill a minute plays, stonewall defence, incredible toughness and formidable will. You will not see any whining and complaining from this guy because what I just said is true. This year will bring our finest yet.

  28. Orvil – I wouldn’t be surprised to see 19 and 88 back together for a good part of the year. Sure Kane and Panarin were pretty magical all year long, but both are gifted enough that they should be able to still create offense even when apart. We saw it a bit in the playoffs, and I liked the way the lines were balanced.

    Toews needs a bounce-back year, putting him with the Hart/Art Ross winner would be a good way to jump-start his offense.

  29. Mining Man I’m with you on this one . this Hawk team is a very talented group, a goal here or there and they’re probably playing for the Cup last season. And Campbell will lock that defense down, he was a huge pickup for Stan. Who ever plays with Toews he has to have a better year, he is the guy that makes other players better.

  30. Hail Mining Man!

    You are an optimist, sir, and a realist all in one. I agree with you. Though I sometimes tend toward knee jerk pessimism (so lucky we are to be spoiled Hawks fans), it is nice to have an honest voice tip the scales back into balance.
    As I’ve said before, I truly believe that Hossa will rebound next year. I am beyond enthusiastic about our revamped D with the addition of Soupy, and I hope that Kempny will exceed our expectations. I’m anxious to see what Kane and Panarin will do for their awards-winning encore. I want to see if Anisimov’s percentage at the dot will improve now that his wrist is fixed. I want Kruger to put up so some on this board will shut up. And I want to see the youngblood get a chance to fill the holes, excuses be damned. Lots to look forward to. Go Hawks!

  31. Who is going to play with Toews ? If he plays with Kane ,then we have ONE line.

    Why not give the kids a shot. Certainly can’t be worse than TooToo!

    This signing is very discouraging. I agree with Pete. Why dump salary just to throw it away on a guy who was never good and is now even worse ? It people disliked Daly , wait till they see this slug play ! Ugh !! This is like 2010 when Sran brought in Fernando Pisani .

  32. Mining Man? …Good bud in your part of Canada I see. Didn’t think you were in BC.

    HAWKS1961 says …Stan must have ZERO confidence in the guys down in Rockford that HE drafted.

    Maybe it’s because he squanders picks away on useless do nothings like Kimmo Timonen. Hawks haven’t had a decent draft since 2011 really so theres a lot riding on Schmaltz to save it from being 5 years of assorted flotsam and jetsam.

  33. AlbertaHawksFan- I’m in the far north of Saskatchewan, well away from the prairie, wheat and the Buffalo. The good folk of Alberta sure have been going through a lot of hell lately, one thing after another. Seems like it hasn’t stopped since the flooding in Calgary. Lots of Oilers, Flames, Jets and Habs fans up here. Pretty good core of Blackhawk fans though. Leafs not so much, more down south for those poor souls.

  34. What kind of message is it for the rookies in Rockford who are waiting for a chance to show what they can do in Chicago ??
    Ross was signed with another team in 2 days but not good enought for the Hawks ….
    I am confuse with Stan decision lately

  35. Hawks2010 – it sends the message that they will have to earn their spot, and nothing will be handed to them.

    ChelseaDagger – it was mentioned above, this signing does nothing to hurt the cap situation. If TooToo is beaten out by the prospects, all it does is make a minor dent in Rocky’s pocketbook.

  36. Panik (yuck) – Toews – Kane
    Panarin – Anisimov – Schmaltz (might be a reach)
    Motte (might be a reach) – Kruger – Hossa
    Tootoo – DesJardins – Mashinter

    Hinostroza, McNeil, Hartman, Johnson, Kero? Again, none of these guys is true legitimate NHL material when it gets right down to it. Hence why Tootoo and Mashinter have been signed.

    The problem with the 12 forward mix above (and the 5 AHLer names I listed) is that it will be inordinately difficult, if not impossible, to “roll 4 lines.” Playoffs cannot be assumed in 2016-17. This is most definitely a new era that we have entered into. Let’s just hope that Bowman can guide us through this dark forest of the next couple of seasons to once again see daylight..and be in a position to once again truly compete for a Cup before the expiration date hits Toews, Kane, Keith, etc.

  37. Come on let’s calm down. If you really believe SB signed Tootoo because he will be an important part of a deep playoff run, that is simply wrong. The Hawks are allowed 50 NHL contracts. I think at present they have 38 or so. Tootoo is a guy who will be more down than up and will be scratched more often than not.

    Typically one or two “roster” players are scratched every night. I would rather have Tootoo at a very low Cap hit in the press box than say Hino or Kero, who if not on the roster will be PLAYING in Rockford.

  38. Thank you, Mike, for providing us with a moment of pause.

    A two-way contract is not a guarantee of an NHL roster spot.

    While I am disappointed that the organization is wasting roster spots on Mashinter, Tootoo and Labrie in the same year, I think penciling the Hawks in for a last place finish and a top -5 draft pick because they gave Jordin Tootoo a shot is rational.

  39. Tab – I believe Tootoo’s contract is one-way? But still not a guarantee of a roster spot (just that he’s getting paid).

    Assuming Mike’s info is correct and the Hawks are 12 or so spots short of the max, what’s the harm in giving roster spots to Mashinter, Tootoo, and Labrie? Odds are that 2 of the 3 will be in Rockford at any given time anyway, especially come playoff time. Hawks need cheap bodies to fill out the roster – this helps give them room to make one more significant move (whether now or mid-season).

  40. Eh, not a big deal. Signed for $750K is not going to affect other salary cap moves and if it does he can be buried in Rockford with no effect on the Cap. Energy guy who will be a decent 4th line guy when called on.

  41. “hawks havent had a decent draft since 2011”

    2011- Mcneil Danault Saad Shaw
    2012 Teravainen, Hinostroza
    2013 Hartman, Dahlstrom, Hayden, Norell, Motte, Johnson
    2014 Schmaltz, Olofsson, Snuggerud, Sikura…But its still early for these guys.

    2013 draft may turn out better than 2011.

  42. This move is all about depth. If someone goes down, we have options. Especially someone like TooToo, who has played in the league and is a veteran. He is a high energy guy who is going to want to prove himself to his new team. If he takes penalties he can ride the Rockford Express. This is a low risk low reward signing. Armchair GMs need to relax and continue working on their fantasy rosters, where we somehow pick up RFA’s on the cheap for a 7th rounder.

  43. Am I seeing a ghost?

    Tootoo’s contract details havent been published yet so we dont know if it’s 1 way or 2 way. But from a fans perspective it doesnt really matter. He’d still need to clear waivers. Which none of us care about. And the totality of his cap hit can be buried. The only thing a 2-way does is save Wirtz money if he’s in Rockford.

    His signing tells me a couple things. First, I really dont think both he and Mashinter are in the lineup at the same time. Second, Q loves at least one tough guy regardless if he actually fights. Third, this could be a stopgap until Schmaltz is ready. Fourth, he’s here to light a fire for some fringe players. Competition always good.

    When Tab posted this I didnt get it at all. Stepping away now, if you assume its an either or with Tootoo and Mashinter I get it. Rather have Tootoo than Mashinter. When referencing +/- be aware its a flawed stat. Ovechkin was + 45 one year. 4 years later he’s -35. Another 2 years he’s +25

  44. @Ernie

    Completely agree on the +/- comment. With him playing on a Devils team with the offensive prowess of a turtle, that stat doesn’t do justice at all. More than half the team was in the minus category.

  45. Wall- Is it the real McCoy, or an imposter like last time? I suspect Sr. Brad is still with us posting away almost daily. Now if we could just find Hof and get those multiple long winded posts and paragraphs from Mook.

  46. I made sort of a smart ass comment earlier regarding Tootoo and the PK. However, that is my only real concern with him getting significant minutes (which he might not). Those inopportune penalties that end up with the PK and sometimes the resulting goal were real problems at times last year. We sort of blow off those regular season losses, but those add up and cost seeding position/home ice come playoff time. Here’s hoping the overall D play is better this year and also that the Blackhawks don’t lose 4 or 5 games because of bad penalties in close contests.
    Geez, come to think of it, at least the Blackhawks didn’t sign freaking Steve Ott.

  47. Mining Man. I too am in Northern Sask and would like to have you stop by on your next trip through Prince Albert. I saw Tootoo play here many years ago when he was with Brandon in the dub, lots of tenacity and grit. Hope you has turned his personal life around. Perhaps you could contact me text 306 961 7992.

    Great to follow all the comments, one trend I have thought about is Stan dealing primarily with ex Blackhawk folks who are now GM’s (Winnipeg, Montreal, formerly Florida). Makes me think there is a possiboility other GM’s may not want to deal with the Hawks for some reason.

  48. I agree mining man. Perhaps a Freudian slip? Perhaps imposter? I don’t think Hof is I think his writing could be picked out a little easier.

  49. I do question the capitalized R… Would the real Sr. Brad have done that? Tab could tell us if the emails match up…

  50. Someone said something about trading for Ruutu and having him play with Tootoo and that reminded me how badly I wanted to see Vlasic in a Hawks sweater a couple years back to see him on the ice with Bickell. Too late for that now. Nothing rational here, though. Continue your discussion.

  51. Mining Man

    I’m a Sask guy…or was until moving to Alberta in 87. Go back every year for real fishing because….Alberta has no Canadian shield. Just got back from 4 days on Reindeer Lake. Pike weren’t hitting well due to it being cool since ice out but we slayed lake trout non stop which was pretty fun. Fantastic lake if you don’t mind non stop reef action and 6 foot rollers half the time. 180 mile long lakes tend to get a little breezy. Spent lots of time in Manitoba over the years, lots of trips to Fling Flang, and lived in Winterpeg for 3 years. Awesome city. Awesome women. Dang.

  52. Joel- That’s funny. Good one. Vlasic to Bickell…what Wiedeman couldn’t do with that.

    Albertahawksfan- Dang! Blackhawk fans should come to Winnipeg for a Jets game at least once for the hockey and the ladies. Just came back from Flin Flon…check out U Tube “Flin Flon Geology Field School” . It’s only a minute and half long. Shot this with a drone! Came out real good.

  53. Me and my dad went to Lawrence Bay Lodge on Reindeer Lake when I was in 5th or 6th grade. First time in drove a car..until a logging or gas truck came barreling down toward us on a gravel road. The camp owner and his family were super nice. Unfortunately a few years after we were there we heard the main cabin burned down. And then his wife died. Or vice versa. 40 inch northern every day. Didn’t have any luck with the lake trout.

  54. Ernie

    Lawrence Bay Lodge is up and running today. Heres a link to their website
    http://www.lawrencebay.com/

    You would be speaking of Hwy 102 which is now paved to about 20 miles north of La Ronge. After that it’s duck when one of those big A holes goes by and hang back in the dust clouds until you catch a 10 second opportunity to pass.

    Best time for big Northerns is mid August til mid Sept. Lakers from ice out til end of June. Can’t say I was really disappointed catching lake trout non stop but I love the shallow bay pike fishing when you can see those big hummers just lieing in there catching the rays.

    Where did you drive from to get to Reindeer? I took you as Amereekan which would be a damn long haul.

  55. Mining Man

    My brothers a geologist but came out to Alberta to head a junior exploration company in Calgary. He spent a couple of summers out around Amisk (Beaver) Lake during his University days and also a winter tapping around in the rocks while camped on the ice.

    I used to go to most of the Jets games in the old stadium when I lived there. This was the 83 – 85 time span when Hawerchuk, etc were on the team. Damn, they had (8) 20 goal scorers the one year and still couldn’t get past the Oilers in the playoffs. Had them down 3 games to one one of those years as well but the fn Oilers were a powerhouse in those days. Maybe the best NHL team ever.

    I still have a soft spot for the Jets to be honest and will always have good things to say about my time there. I think it’s one of the best Canadian cities to live in….since nobody but Asians can afford Vancouver now.

    will def check out the vid.

  56. Mining Man

    Excellent clip. Good old Flin Flon with the above ground sewer lines. Haha.

    Do you know Ragnar Robinson then?

  57. Yes Ragnar was my assistant on the Field School. This was my 8th year in a row. It’s a part of, and, at the end of the First Year Geology course. Always a real hoot, especially for the students. This year went into the colleges legends and lore’s when I locked myself out of my room at midnight in only my underwear. Just like the Captain Obvious commercial. Had to go to the front desk, big mean lady, like the one in “Cookoos nest” who was not amused…then one of my students shows up to get a pop from the machine. Now I’m an old dude now, not as purely as I was. BTW…they have a by law in Flin Flon that you can’t have a fork and a knife after 9pm with your food downtown in a restaurant. Too many “incidents”.

    Home of Bobby Clarke,. The Flin Flon Bombers bus is parked at the hotel for the summer.

  58. That would be “purdy” ( pretty). Not something the way an aged prof should be seen by his student. Oh well…honest screwup. Those doors close real fast.

  59. Albertahawkfan- Ragnar is from La Ronge, do you know him? He went to the U of A. He’s now working in the south of Sask. in a coal mine as a Mining Engineer. Have to give him credit for the video…I do one every year buts it’s usually just me yakking on the outcrop…this one was different. I would have crashed the drone 50 times.

  60. Alberta- had to hit up Google to figure out the name of the camp, always knew the camp was still there. Just there main lodge where they cooked for you burned. Remember the camp owner’s name and the guides name..or the first guide Willie. He didnt do a good job of bucking the first nation stereotype.

    I remember driving (for what seemed like forever, but your concept of time is skewed at that age) to get to a float plane. Float plane flew us to camp. I believe we stayed in La Ronge in what I’d call now a cheesy motel but this is 15 years ago and I was 10 or 11 so don’t hold me to the fire on that. Didn’t think we were on pavement too long from there when it turned to gravel.

    All this talk about fishing and gravel roads is just making me more pissed off I didn’t win the lottery on new Mexico elk tags. I gotta figure something else out quick. Someone here used to ski in Taos which is part of the unit I try getting tags for. Small world.

  61. I’m from the burbs. So yeah driving… I’ll pass. My dad has a plane so we’ve flown up to Ontario a few times. Cruise is like 165mph or 270km/h for my northern brethren. For that trip it was commercial. I think it was O’Hare to Saskatoon. Then I’m fairly certain we took a flight from Saskatoon to LaRonge. Then drove to the float plane. I remember getting on the float plane to come back….the rest is completely gone. Weird how that works.

    Trip of a lifetime for a suburbanite like myself. I remember the guide bringing us to deep bay for Lake trout. Then to a bay he called “holy shit bay” I don’t think that’s what it was really called. Haven’t been fishing up north since 2010 in Ontario. Heard the draft and the Ladd and Byfuglien trades with a portable Sirius/xm radio. Since then I’ve gotten hooked on bow hunting elk. I’ve got a pond in my backyard. I don’t have elk or moose in my backyard. Just in the living room of my unfinished house. Gimme a month and it’ll be done.

  62. Ernie- yes the float planes leave from LaRonge to the various lodges .. Every hour all day long . Saskatoon to LaRonge is the correct flight.

    We had the Stanley Cup here in La Ronge when The Kings won it last time. Won’t name the player but he retired the next year. He is married to a fellow teachers sister. Comes up here to fish.
    It really is a small world how everyone intersects.

  63. I feel kinda weird reading all this stuff because i feel like I’m listening in to a private conversation but Ernie…just wondering how big your pond is and what you have in it. I have a backyard pond too. Other than reading Committed Indian my favorite forums are Garden Pond Forum, and Beer Advocate. Also I appreciate your good analysis on cap space and potential players available in trades you have been posting lately. The Bulls stole the headlines tonight with getting D.Wade but I’m a lot more excited about watching the Hawks this year than the Bulls.

  64. Great little video Mining Man.
    I’m very excited about this upcoming season. We are coming out of the gate with incredible zeal and focus. Well rested and ready to rock and roll.
    Nice community of decent people and dedicated knowledgable fans you have here Tab. Glad I stumbled upon it.

  65. I guess we beat the Tootoo stuff to death so it’s warped into this. The doldrums of the hockey summer. Ballpark is about 1/2 surface acre with a max depth of 14 feet depending on water level. I keep it stocked with largemouth bass and hybrid bluegill. Should have perch and Walleye, but haven’t caught any in a while. I put two triploid grass carp in just for weed control. They’re like those Pike Alberta talked about. Giant logs. Every now and then we’ll put some rainbow trout in in the fall. Gotta keep every one of them cuz they die out when the temperature gets too warm. We aerate in the winter, which is great for the fish. But sucks for skating, can only use half of it. It also sucks for the deer. Had one fall in a few years ago. Had to drag him out and put him in the garage to warm him up. Didn’t think he was gonna make it.

  66. Ernie,

    You let me know if that deer croaks. I’ll give you a discount on stuffing it. Ditto if you have any trophy walleye in that there pond.

    Big Earl

  67. Already got that one taken care of Earl. turned into a 17 pointer with a drop tine. Scored 168 3/8 as a 3.5 year old. Thanks though!

  68. Tootoo is a good signing. Opposing players on the bench will take notice and heads will swivel. Tootoo is a Blackhawk now guys. Take note.

  69. It’s all over social media that Stan Bowman was personally scouting Jimmy Vesey last night. Does anyone know how entry level contracts work? Does it come down to the fact that each team can offer the same amount of money on an entry deal and it is up to him which team he wants to play for? Can teams offer higher signing bonuses?

  70. Springfield- Correct, every team can offer the same base, but Signing bonuses can vary. However, they may not exceed 10 percent of the contract’s total compensation. They are paid to players annually. Performance bonuses for entry-level contracts, that are paid by the team and count against the salary cap cannot exceed a maximum of $2,850,000.

    The big this is the x-factors though. Bos- Hometown, Buf- Eichel is his buddy.

    But what Chicago can offer: Playing with Toews/Kane/Hossa/Panarin.

    The pitch would be “look what brandon saad did next to 19/81”. if you do that… you can get paid handsomely on your second contract. (even if its not with the hawks).

  71. Thanks Tim G so basically the cap is not an issue with signing him, interesting.

  72. It is and it isn’t. If you’re trying to fit him in for this year it isn’t. If not he he and Panarin hit those bonuses the cap becomes an issue for next year. Bonuses are tacked onto end of year space. If a team goes over the team is penalized by not having that space next year.

  73. Ernie. Your pond sounds great. I would bet you are not too close to Chicago otherwise the land would be worth a small fortune. My pond is 700 gallons on it’s best day and is stocked with about 50 goldfish most of which were born in the pond. No skating in the winter but we once did have Mallard ducks! Can’t wait for the next season to start. If the Hawks could win the Stanley Cup 50% of the time I would be perfectly satisfied. Let’s see it took 59 years since I have been around to win their second cup and there were a lot less teams back then!

  74. Stealthy move by Stan going to Boston.

    I highly doubt he is “scouting” Vesey at this point in a summer pro league. He already knows what his skills are and the type of player he is.

    More importantly Stan was there to be seen, much like college basketball coaches Calipari and Roy Williams do. Everybody knows they are in the building watching a prized recruit. It’s recruiting without saying a word.

    Vesey now knows the Hawks are interested long befor August 15 when he becomes a free agent.

    Again very smart move by Stan to get in the trenches for Vesey without tampering.

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