Blackhawks Sign Kyle Cumiskey

On Wednesday, the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year deal with defenseman Kyle Cumiskey.

Cumiskey, 27, has played in 132 career regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche between 2006 and 2011, posting nine goals and 26 assists.

Last season, Cumiskey played 45 games for Modo in Sweden, scoring four goals and adding 24 assists. In 91 games with Modo between 2012-14, Cumiskey registered 60 points (11 goals, 49 assists) in 91 career games.

Cumiskey played for Canada at the 2010 World Championships, earning three assists in seven games.

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29 Responses to Blackhawks Sign Kyle Cumiskey

  1. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Something is brewing…not sure what, but something. Leddy and a forward traded soon? All these depth moves are surely a precursor to something for a team OVER the cap right now.

  2. Tim G says:

    AHL body to replace the guys coming up…

  3. Auggie says:

    Yeah, Quenville seemed ticked off by Leddy’s play during the SC Playoffs. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him traded.

  4. AC says:

    Given that it’s a two way deal for Cumiskey, it seems likely he is a Rockford body to fill in the gaps there, not in Chicago.

    I am hoping that the Hawks move Oduya and not Leddy. I would like to see Leddy get a chance with Ham, not being forced to cover 75% (or more) of the ice covering for Rosey. I find it hard to believe that they would just purge Leddy given his upcoming RFA status, age, and his ability to skate the puck in the zone (something that is missing from the d corps outside of Leddy and Keith).

  5. Tim G says:

    That is a one point that hasnt been touched on AC….

    Leddy IS a RFA… they can qualify him and potentially get some compensation, even if he isnt in Chicago in 15-16′. Oduya gets you nothing when he walks at the end of next year.

  6. Mike says:

    Would not read too much into this. Hawks let 5 AHL players walk and now with this signing replaces those five. I am not saying Leddy is safe, simply that Cumiskey is not Leddy’s replacement.

  7. Mike says:

    AC, agreed. Cumiskey is likely to be a veteran influence on what will be a young defensive group in Rockford.

  8. Just a Fan says:

    AC, another point… if the Hawks move only 1 body, moving Leddy alone will not get them under the cap. It would need to be Leddy and (pick any other roster player since they will still need to move at an additional $300K just to clear). Only Oduya gets them under the cap by himself.

  9. Just a Fan says:

    Tim, Leddy goes RFA for ’15-’16.

  10. Mike says:

    Hey…..any news on Hayes? How bout JT and PK??

  11. Tab Bamford says:

    re: Mike’s “Would not read too much into this.” – the Hawks already had 7 defensemen on the NHL roster + 7 defensemen on the AHL roster. He likely replaces the departed Brian Connelly as the “elder statesman” on the blue line in Rockford (pushing Svedberg to Indy), but that still leaves 14 defensemen at the NHL & AHL levels. Someone is going

  12. Tab Bamford says:

    re: Hayes – Hawks get a late 2nd round pick if he doesn’t sign. No way a team is going to give up a 2nd for him. My guess: Hawks let him walk. The addition of Rasmussen to the system + retention of Regin seems to make it appear he’ll be starting his professional journey somewhere else.

    re: Toews/Kane – w/ the prospect camp coming up before the Convention, there’s a very real likelihood that the organization announces the deals at the Convention. They like to make a splash for the loyal fans who pay for autographs, and that would be the biggest they could make at that time. Remember, Toews got the C from Savvy at the first convention…

  13. Sr. Brad says:

    Mike, with how busy its been, SB is not scheduled to meet with Hayes camp until next week I believe. Apparently with Toews and Kane, they have worked out most details on the mechanics of the deal, but they still have to have a meeting of minds on $$$. I would say that with the Cap announced at $69 million this season, and uncertain for next year, Toews and Kane will take less than $10 million…I am predicting 8 years each at $9.5 million/season.

    As for Cumiskey, I think he played for Coach Q in COL, so that may have had some impact…and apparently he really improved his overall game in SWE these past 2 years. So solid signing, especially for Rockford as Connelly was awful. I think Connelly was a -2 before he skated his first shift in Rockford.

  14. Tab Bamford says:

    Cumiskey played 47 games over two seasons (2006-08) while Quenneville was in Colorado.

  15. Puckhead Paulie says:

    This Hayes thing stinks. Hate to see them draft a kid, give him all sorts of space and have nothing to show for it a few years later. I get the kid is itching to play in The Show, but so are all the other kids too. Sure, they get a late 2nd round pick, but even that pick likely would not be NHL ready for a few years as well. I’m not blaming the organIzation as this choice is squarely on Hayes, but dang it – that puts a bubble in the pipeline, IMO.

  16. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Not sure why some of you are deeply offended over the suggestion that Leddy may be traded. Just because Leddy is part of the debate isn’t damning indictment of the player! He’s a good hockey player, albeit an overrated one. But fact is something has to give with the salary cap, and if it were me making the decisions he would be the one defenseman who draws the short straw. Lets face it…Rosival is untradeable and going to be back. Oduya would be the other obvious option to trade, and maybe he will be. But if I had a vote it would be Leddy who is sent packing to make all the money work. And yes, another player move would have to be made to get under the cap if Leddy is the guy on the move.

    Or…Stan might have something else up his sleeve. I must say, I find it very interesting the accumulation of role players that is going on in the teeth of the cap. Rasmussen is more than a permanent fixture at Rockford. Nordstrom is close to being ready and I love his two-way skill set. Regin was brought back to dress some games. Runblad still lurks, for SOME apparent reason. Veteran depth guys added like Cumiesky.

    Leddy and Versteeg packaged together for future considerations???

  17. Sr. Brad says:

    Rufus, the reason its Oduya is that his game is somewhat in decline, and he wilts under the kind of forecheck the Bruins and Kings bring (granted, Leddy has shown a propensity for this as well). Plus Oduya has now hit the magical marker of 30 and Leddy is young…Oduya’s contract is for almost $3.4 million/season and after next season he can walk as an UFA, while Leddy is STILL a RFA, meaning that even if the Hawks don’t like his development next year, they can let him sign with anyone and receive compensation for him…plus his CAP # is friendly…but to me Rufus, Leddy is a guy who has been saddled (for TWO YEARS) with turnstile partners and yet finds a way to be on the ice when goals are scored for and not against…to me, that means a lot. Plus, his speed is potentially game changing.

  18. Sr. Brad says:

    Puckhead, while I understand and agree with some of what Haye’s camp is thinking in not signing with the Hawks, I too despise the apparent decision to walk away from being drafted by the Hawks…under the current rules, he is perfectly within his wares to do so, but it still STINKS! We used a #1 pick on this young man, and while he was busy in College working on his game, the Hawks built the most desirable franchise in sports, and certainly in hockey. The Hawks have treated this young man incredibly well and have always shown him the greatest respect. Even with his brother Jimmy, Bowman could have easily sent Jimmy back down to Rockford which would have helped the Hogs make the playoffs, but he didn’t because he knew Hayes needed to play in the NHL and thus moved him midseason, and to a team where he was going to get a lot of minutes. I can’t think of anything more respectful to a player or a family. So to have the Hayes treat the Hawks like this isn’t indicative of a class person…more so the actions of a spoiled brat…and even if Hayes signs with the Hawks, delaying the process until AFTER the draft was in poor taste.

    The first time I see Hayes skate in person, with whomever, I will let him know how I feel.

  19. brain sprain says:

    Oduya doesn’t get you under the cap by himself by my math. He would give you back $2.825 towards the cap, right? Then you need to replace him with Johns, right? He is another $800k. So I think that pots them back over by almost $300k. Plus bowman said he wants Mashinter pin the roster. He is another $562k.

    So maybe Oduya + steeger with the blackhawks keeping half of 23’s hit/salary.

  20. Mike says:

    Holy crap. If the Hawks take some of Versteeg’s salary….Steeger will be talking to himself. Let’s see, FLA wanted me out so bad that they are paying $2.2mm a year. Now Chicago wants me out so bad they are willing to pay $1.1mm a year. How depressing

  21. Just a Fan says:

    brain…I believe Oduya’s cap hit this year is $3.375M. His salary is $2.825M

  22. EbonyRaptor says:

    Brain Sprain – I think Oduya’s cap number is $3.35M so shedding his salary alone would do it (3.35 – 0.9 = 2.45)

  23. brain sprain says:

    EB: but if Oduya is gone, you need a defenseman to take his roster spot. Right? You need another d man on the roster. That salary puts you over.

    Just a Fan: you don’t get all the cap hit back if you trade him. You have the cap recapture. Which would be $550K Oduya cap hit on the hawks if you trade him. No way around it.

    That’s at least my understanding. Tab can confirm or correct if he is so inclined.

  24. Tab Bamford says:

    No idea wtf brain sprain is talking about w/ Oduya & a cap recapture… if Oduya’s traded and the Hawks do not retain salary, he comes off the books completely…

    Yes, there would need to be a replacement player, so subtracting the cap hit of that player would make the net cap relief less than $3.375M. But the Hawks could easily cut $2.4-2.6M that way, which (barely) gets them even/under the cap. One other player would need to go… but that could be accomplished by sending Verbeauty to Rockford…

  25. brain sprain says:

    I wasnt saying they would retain salary. Only the difference against the cap.

    Since Oduya’s salary for 2014-2015 is less than his cap hit, I thought if you traded him you had to keep the difference against the current cap only (not salary) because it represented cap savings in prior seasons that have to be accounted for.

    Happy to be wrong.

  26. Tab Bamford says:

    Oduya is FAAAAAR from being subject to a cap recapture penalty.

  27. HawksNation4All says:

    The 2013 CBA states that any long-term contract — defined as seven years or more — entered into on or before Sept. 15, 2012, is eligible for cap advantage recapture if a team received a “cap advantage” from it at the time the player retires or defects from the NHL.

    Oduya’s contract was not 7+ years…does not apply.

  28. HawksNation4All says:

    He is also not retiring or defecting from the NHL and if the player plays out their contract (which Oduya will play out his remaining 1 year regardless of if he gets traded or not) it also does not apply…..Big Hoss on the other hand (depending on when he retires) is another story.

  29. 'hawks58 says:

    Trading Oduya and calling up a kid will get the hawks somewhere between $350,000-550,000 under the cap, depending on who is called up. You have to also assume that if Mashinter is called up, it is Teuvo who is sent down, putting the hawks somewhere between $681,000 and $881,000 under the cap.

    Tab, sure sending Versteg saves some money, but ‘only’ $1,275,000 ($2,200,000-375,000-league min(550,000).

    If 2 players are going, it will be Versteg and Roszival; if just one, it is Oduya.

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