Martin Lundberg

Blackhawks Sign Martin Lundberg

The Blackhawks have reportedly signed center Martin Lundberg to a one-year contract.

Lundberg, who turns 26 in June, posted 13 goals and eight assists in 44 games with Skelleftea AIK in Sweden during the 2015-16 season. He is listed at 6-0 and 190 pounds and is a left-handed shot.

Lundberg appeared in eight games for Sweden at the 2016 World Championships, scoring two goals – both short-handed – and putting 13 shots on net in the tournament.

56 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Martin Lundberg

  1. Hummm…something is cooking around the Hawks …..many signing …more and more i can see a Big trade coming up in the next few months maybe when the repechage arrive in june …it will be interesting to see what hapend next …

  2. WTF !!!! We don’t need Cemters. We need a Winger for the Toews line and a # 4 d- man. Enough with the the Swedish players Please!!!!!

  3. Is Bowman buying as many toys as he can for little Q in the hope he finds something he likes playing with?

  4. Yes Jason: The Master of Line Blending , The Warden of The Doghouse, and the Host of Who do I Trust ( Coach Q ) will have the LAST SAY SO,

  5. Aren’t Malmo the Redhawks? Maybe we should just buy them and turn them into our Swedish academy.

  6. Bob P. apparently isn’t a bright man. Doesn’t understand the salary cap reality facing the Hawks. Doesn’t understand that finding cheap bargains and value finds is about all that Bowmab can really do. Take a math class Bob P.

  7. The issues with the math class were created by Q, and his dislike for rookies,
    ala Dusty Baker.. as I said before, Q would have had problems with Bobby Orr at 19…

  8. RTF I’m not a Math Wiz like you. Correct me if I’m wrong. Who got us into this salary cap mess? I believe Hossa is the only bad contract that can be blamed on Tallon . All others are on Bowman.So instead of giving a fair shot at the prospects in Rockford,Stan is fishing across the pond for unproven NHL talent. Instead he keeps pissing away small amounts of money on players Q won’t play Money that perhaps could be added to get what we need . A winger for Toews and # 4 d- man . Every year because of his Fucking CAP Fuckups , we got to deal with his Duct Tape Shit.

  9. Since the stupid showed up this afternoon…

    a) “the issues with the math class were created by Q and his dislike for rookies” – yes, the same Q that ran a rookie (Panarin) out there for heavy minutes in the playoffs and who dressed ROOKIES ahead of both Ehrhoff and Rozsival in the playoffs. Take that horseshit theory back to 2011 when it was relevant.

    b) re: Bob P’s assertion the Hawks need a #4 dman – do us a favor and go read up on Michal Kempny, who they also signed.

    c) re: Bob P’s still humping the Tallon bangwagon – “Every year because of [Bowman’s] fucking CAP Fuckups” – yes, the 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup championships never happened. Brilliant comment.

  10. Gee His Authority Tab. I wonder who Pissed in your Wheaties.As for idiots, if you ask any woman, all men are Idiots. I’m one.I guess we have to agree with everything you post Have a good day.

  11. tallon did great things for the franchise but also cost us some great players after the first championship because of missing a deadline for paperwork, bowman only came in filled out the core and then surrounded it with talent enough for two more championships

  12. tallon did great things for the franchise but also cost us some great players after the first championship because of missing a deadline for paperwork, bowman only came in filled out the core and then surrounded it with talent enough for two more championships. You can say what you want about bowman but when you have toews, kane kieth crow and the rest of the core what do you expect in the hardest salary cap in major sports

  13. 3 Stanley Cups and 8 straight seasons of high quality hockey in the salary cap era. And Bob the mathmetician is going to throw Bowman AND Quenneville under the bus. In Bob’s case that would be a short bus. Good Lord the loons are out.

  14. Fire away Boys . It doesn’t bother me Just don’t OD on the Kool Aid . Good evening boys.

  15. The answer to the Hawks cap-strapped woes is radically clear to me. We have two players accounting for 28% of the Hawks cap hit. Toews is the face of the franchise, and Kane a potential league MVP. We’ve won 3 Cups with them, but not solely because of them, and at a time when their salaries were less which gave the luxury of a deeper supporting cast.

    With the cap not projected to rise, we’re facing more years like the one past—a competitive team, close but having exploitable deficiencies in the lineup. Perhaps we’ll lose Shaw to the cap this year, and next year Panarin…unless we free up some serious cap space and don’t have a gun to our heads in doing so (see Sharp trade last year when Dallas forced their overpriced crap on us, essentially plundering Oduya in the deal and setting the Hawks fate for this year in motion). If we couldn’t give away Sharp while asking nothing in return, there’s no way anyone is going to help with our $4 million Bickell pickle. Take a look at our recent trades, and we don’t exactly have a lot of trading partners without Blackhawk management experience offering to help us out.

    I suggest the thought of trading Patrick Kane is not an outlandish one. Perhaps Shaw is the sacrifice for keeping Kane and Panarin together for one more year, but then…why does Panarin have to go? I’m not going to say he’s as gifted as Kane, but he doesn’t seem to be that far off, either. If Kane was traded at more or less the apex of his career, the Hawks would finally be calling the shots, and would get some top young talent/picks in return. Plus they’d free up enough cash to keep Panarin AND sign some quality supporting cast members. Throw in the Bickell salary savings, at last, and the Hawks have got a lot of options next summer. Kane’s offence would be Panarin’s to fill, while Kane’s defence would be absolutely no loss (my blood still boils that Kane was minus 3 in the 7th game against the Blues…never in the defensive picture for any of the 3 goals against, naturally).

    I’ve always seen Jonathan Toews as a “team first” heart-on-the-sleeve player, and someone I expect to play for the Hawks his entire career. Patrick Kane, on the other hand, has always struck me as a “me first” player, who celebrates entirely differently when a teammate scores. From comments made, I see him retiring a Sabre, hoping to help them finally win a Cup. I don’t know if Stan has the nerve to pull such a blockbuster deal and potentially upset half the Hawks fan base, but I see such a trade reinventing the Hawks core and giving them a brighter long term future.

    Now I’ll wait for all the nice name callers on this site to suggest that Bob P and I get together…

  16. I’m in agreement with Hawks2010 that new signings give more options for deals this summer. This off-season is challenging for Bowman, but not exactly in the same way that it was last season. Going to be interesting and fun to see just what transpires.
    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  17. What about Morin? He will come very cheap and has something to prove. He can slot in w/ Toews & Hossa.

    Back to the tavern for more shots….

  18. Is that the real Iceman? Toews is selling his home after only owning it for 2 years or so……. Hmmm

  19. Bob, most talented players play center at lower levels due to them being the best player on the ice. They move to wing at the upper levels quite often. So it’s not like a forward playing d.

    Also, the team won last year. Have you forgotten?

    Bowman cap fuckups…are you talking about the Art Ross winner?

    Q being hard on rookies… He sat Teuvo early in the year. By the end he was killing penalties. He has the second most wins in league history. That’s not luck.

    Nobody pissed in Tab’s Wheaties. But it gets increasingly frustrating when a guy runs his mouth with absolutely no evidence to back up his slander. For those unfamiliar with Chicago sports radio. There’s a station here with a couple guys that don’t take calls from anyone named Bob. This is why. There’s a difference between an idiot, and being a blowhard know it all…hey, are you running for president?

  20. Ernie : I was under the impression that CommittedIndians was site where you could express you views . I was greatly mistaken. I take no offense on the name calling I’ve encured . I take it as a Pasionet different point of view . Have a good evening.

  21. Well M. Lundberg… will actually fight and Hit!!!
    So- perhaps we will NEVER see Mashinter again… so that is a positive…

    Also, scored 2 SH goals for Swedes WC… so perhaps he is 16’s new PK buddy…

    anyone know how this guy is on Face-offs???

  22. For all those who just don’t get the salary cap… why can’t we all just start complaining about Bickell’s contract again?

  23. Bob, feel free to express them. But just like you telling us not to OD on the kool-aid, you open those views up to criticism. When you say the hawks don’t need centers, its wrong on 2 levels. They really only have 3 on the nhl club. Rasmussen is RFA as is Shaw who’s not really a center. Ditto for Rasmussen, his faceoff numbers say so. Kero I’m not sure about. So the Hawks could in fact use a 4c if Kruger is moved up to 3c. Kruger produced in the past offensively when he had a little more talent around him. So I have reason to believe with talent and health on his side those number could improve. Sure he only had 4 points on the year, but post injury he had 3 in 8 games.

    As I referenced earlier centers can always play wing. And your statement that you don’t want any more Swedes is just plain dumb. Sweden routinely is a hockey powerhouse. These players may never make it. But for your investment it’s certainly worth the chance. Wall’s scouting suggests the guy could be a 4c. I have no idea since ive never heard of him.

  24. Some good points by all except Bob P.

    Bob you expressed your opinions with your passionately strong language and now you are getting the counterpoints. Tab, Ernie and others are enlightening you on the shortcomings of your opinions and supporting them with factual info rather than opinion. Don’t get in a huff. Enjoy the banter.

    Ernie, totally agree on your comments on centers. Actually, the best face off centers we have are Toews and Kruger. AA and others overall were not very good at the dot last season. I defer to Ernie on the actual stats. That was one of my concerns going into the playoffs as face off wins equate to possession. That is an area where this team needs improvement via better players or more coaching/practice. As Ernie states you can always play centers at wing.

    Tab counters your points with equally strong passion because your opinions were misguided. If you look around the league, many teams are dealing with cap issues, but only the Hawks have won 3 cups since 2010. That in and of itself totally neutralizes your comments. Bowman and company are very adept at dealing with the cap and we should be glad they are on our team.

    Many keep harping on Bickell’s contract. Yes, in hindsight, it is a bad contract and it is handcuffing moves right now. However, at the time, I would bet every GM in the league would have made the same move after the playoff that Bicks had. Shit happens. I hope we ride out this year and are done with him rather than buying him out. Better yet, I hope he is packaged in the blockbuster trade that I believe is coming. My gut opinion…

    Go Hawks!!!

  25. Hawks had 4 guys at or above 50% faceoffs. Bickell took 2 and won both. Panik took 2 and won one.

    Fleischmann took 17 and won 70%.

    Toews -58.6% total FO’s-1573
    Desjardins 49.4%-87
    Kruger 49.2%-474
    Rasmussen 46.9% 307
    Shaw 46.5% 314
    Kero 44.7% 123
    Anisimov 44.2% 1148
    Danault 44.2% 369
    Hinostroza 40.6% 32
    Teravainen 40.5% 309
    Kane 21.6% 51

    Thats a lot of bad. I ask this question after seeing those numbers. Would you move Anisimov to left wing next to Toews? Schmaltz was 46.5 % at UND so thats not good. Luke Johnson was 54.9. Motte was 40.9

  26. re: Espositive’s shenanigans

    a) re: “With the cap not projected to rise” – the cap is projected to rise approx $2-3M, according to the NHL. So that’s wrong.

    b) yes, Toews is the face of the franchise, and arguably the best captain in the NHL. yes, Kane will probably win the Hart Trophy and had one of the most electric offensive seasons in the last decade. If you want two of the 5-10 best players in the game, you have to PAY THEM.

    c) your second paragraph is hilarious garbage. Bickell’s deal comes off the books before Panarin needs a raise. And looking at recent trades that were cap related (not going-for-it deals like the Ladd trade), the Hawks have done better than many expected in many/most of the deals. The hardest part of the Sharp deal wasn’t Sharp, it was Johns.

    d) suggesting you trade PATRICK KANE and throw in Bickell for cap savings is legitimately the funniest/stupidest thing I’ve read in at least 12 months. Congratulations!

  27. Thx Ernie. That says it all. We need better production here. That’s integral to the possession game Q like to play.

  28. re: Bob P’s impression that this site is where you can express views, that’s absolutely right. Please, feel free to throw around ideas/complaints/theories and excitement. But just be aware that bullshit usually gets called out for what it is…

  29. re: Ernie’s consideration at the dot – great stuff

    Do I move Anisomov off the dot? No. He wasn’t healthy in the second half and the Hawks have a nice history of making players significantly better at faceoffs (look at Kruger’s evolution). Do I think Rasmussen or Kero or even Teravainen are an answer there? No. Is Lundberg an answer? No. But let’s keep in mind that Kruger missed a huge part of the 2015-16 season and the trickle down was felt up and down the roster (we talked about that when he came back). Having him healthy for a full season has a huge impact on faceoffs, and it will help the Hawks use Anisimov in situations better suited for his skills (read: no more PK for AA).

    Lundberg is intriguing because he’s got some size on him and did a nice job killing penalties for Sweden at the Worlds. He might be a guy who makes Desjardins available at/around the draft…

  30. Just found the SHL stats for Skelleftea. Lundberg only took 104 faceoffs winning them at a 47.1% clip. Jimmie Ericsson (brother of Jonathan Ericsson) played 7 fewer games and took 97 faceoffs. Lundberg was 5th on his team in total faceoffs taken. So it doesnt sound like he’s a center prospect moving forward.

  31. Tab, had same thought on lundberg/Dez trade?

    Booman… gotta disagree on GMs signing 29… classic underachieving dog… until contract year… so i found him to be easy to pass on… versus a guy like 16… who u know is going to always go to dirty and tough areas… and always play hard…

    Just my opinion

  32. Espo,
    I am on record suggesting the need for a #7, #50, or #88 trade this off season to give us cap flexibilty and to replenish the core. You have to give up value to get value. This type of move wouldn’t be a salary dump like Sharpie’s trade. Therefore, we would not get fleeced in such a move. I really believe #19 and #88’s contracts are an anchor to the team limiting our ability to surround them with a quality supporting cast. I believe the cap unexpectedly did not rise as much as Bowman and company anticipated when those contracts were signed. Unfortunately, as far as the hockey business goes, bad things happened because of the strength of U.S. dollar.

    Our core is down to 2, 4, 7, 19, 81, 88. 50% are over 30 an the others are getting close to 30. #2 is an anomaly and I expect him to have many, many more productive years. The supporting cast has been diluted to ELC type players, and aging players like Rosy & Kimmo. I believe you have to infuse some younger talent into the core to assure success for a longer term. As I have previously written and you alluded to, this type of trade makes us younger, hopefully gets us some higher draft picks, hopefully makes us faster, and provides cap flexibility to field a roster with a better quality supporting cast.

    I do not believe your post is outlandish. In fact, I believe it is forward looking and a more business appropriate strategy than riding the same horses into the sunset until we are a lottery team. I am in total agreement with the basic premise of its content.

  33. Wall, When Bickell was having that monster playoff, I thought to myself I hope his play isn’t just a result of it being a contract year. Still believe, in light of his age at that time, most GM’s would have believed, as did Bowman, that something clicked and the kid is coming into his own. Agree with you, most GM’s would have signed him away from the Hawks for more money than the contract he signed to stay here.

  34. Ernie, you need to change your tag to Statmeister (Poltergeistism since you are a young guy) or Statmonster. Thanks for your contributions.

  35. Everyone’s carping about the salary cap. However, there’s nothing that anyone can really do about it short of committing a crime, which I don’t even want anyone to fathom, suggest or think of. But, as a Major League Sports Team, the Hawks core has played more games than any other core team in any sport, save for Baseball and that might not even match up. Bowman’s a wizard with the cap. Q’s persnicketty with rookies. The center question and face-off percentages can be dealt with through repetition and practice. Krueger did it and has become respectable. Why can’t the others? 3 good signings by Bowman on the cheap. Let’s stop crying about Bickell and deal with the fact he’s an albatross. Let’s try and keep Shaw. Kane? If you want to trade him to Buffalo what are you going to get back in return? Don’t think you’re going to get their rookies, the Sabres are not that dumb. What else do they have that we want or need?

  36. “I don’t think when you trade a player of Jason’s calibre that you ever win,”

    Brian Murray on trading Jason Spezza

  37. In the summer of 2013 there were three coveted power forwards available. Ryan Clowe signed for $24.25 million over 5 years. He has since retired. David Clarkson signed for $36.75 million over 7 years. He has been a total bust. Bickell signed for $16 million over 4 years. Clearly Bickell has not worked out, but his contract has been far from catastrophic.

  38. Clowe hasn’t officially retired. But will never play again much like Nathan Horton and Marc Savard. If he retires he forfeits the money owed. Which would be foolish.

  39. Tab, as I watch the remainder of the playoffs I thought of the same, why oh why Stephen Johns?! That one hurt, … play GM for a second, what could the Blackhawks do to bring him back. Never say never it could happen, right? I really believe we need blue-line help,

  40. Stars already extended Johns. He’s gone. Find another. Maybe they did in Dahlstrom.

    I wonder if Paliotta is included in the Saad deal had they known they’d be forced to depart with Johns.

  41. I like Stephen Johns as much as the next. But, he’s 24 1 year younger than tvr. And has played 27 NHL games including playoffs with 3 points on the highest scoring team in the league. He also has a -6 rating. His 2 year extension is 75k less per year than his ELC. His nastiness would be nice. But if he was so great he would have usurped other guys in Dallas sooner.

  42. Ernie,

    I could not agree more. The talk of fans here would lead someone to believe that Stephen Johns had already won two or three Norris trophies and two or three Stanley Cups! I’m disappointed that we had to part ways with him, but let’s keep things in perspective!

  43. Regarding Anisimov at the dot this year – Tab thanks for pointing out that he was injured the 2nd half of the season. I follow the face-off battles very closely and always look at the numbers. I’m probably a bit too obsessed with it for my own good, but I do believe that it is a key stat for a possession team like ours, especially in the playoffs. And you could see that Anisimov looked wrong and, of course, we find out after the season that he needed wrist surgery. Not easy to dominate at the dot when your wrist is paining you. Same with Kruger. I think we see a marked improvement from both guys next year.

  44. Ernie, As Rackman said, your entry on Johns really did put him in perspective for me. He took a pay cut on his extension? Wow! If he was that good, he would have made a splash by the age of 24. Next? Still like the kid, but will look at the trade differently now.

    Tony good points on AA & Krugs. Two centers with wrist injuries. Definitely should have improvement next year.

  45. So Booman proposes to trade Crawford, among others. What a laugh. Tell me then, who’s the #1 goalie? As much as I love Darling, it ain’t him. Nor anyone in Rockford.

  46. Boomman’s idea of trading 88 (as well as 7) is equally as laughable. I’m sure glad he’s not GM. he’d be even worse than Pulford ever was.

  47. David, there’s quite a few other goalies on the market. One being Brian Elliott. With that said I don’t thinks there’s much market because of other guys like Elliott and Howard.

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