Blackhawks Sign Mattias Janmark

On Monday morning the Chicago Blackhawks announced the club has signed veteran forward Mattias Janmark to a one-year deal. The contract has a $2.25M cap hit.

Janmark, who will turn 28 on Dec. 8, scored six goals with 15 assists in 62 regular season games with the Dallas Stars last year. He added one goal and seven assists with 38 penalty minutes in 26 playoff games as the Stars advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.

He was originally a third round pick (#79 overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft by Detroit. Janmark is the 14th member of the 2013 NHL Draft to become part of the Blackhawks organization; Nikita Zadorov was also selected in 2013. None of the Blackhawks’ own picks from 2013 are still with the club.

53 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Mattias Janmark

  1. Updating my comment from the Saad thread in wake of this news, here’s where I’m at with the forward lines for next year:

    Kubalik – Toews – Kane
    DeBrincat – Dach – _______
    Nylander – Suter – Janmark
    Highmore – Kampf – Carpenter / Chalupa

    So can Strome play the wing for a year?

  2. I guess this is the Saad replacement?He is described as a speedy playmaker who can play Center.Maybe he pushes Strome or Nylander out.

  3. To Iceman,
    Regarding Eb Rap’s question, he always plays devil’s advocate.
    It is his nature as he has stated himself.

    Nothing wrong with that. Gotta hear the other side when forming an opinion, correct?

    But I have answered, in bullet point detail, the flounderings of the Supreme Being since 2015 and possible reasons why the Being is still around, turning precious metals into lead with one touch.

    Young Tab, the purveyor of this blog, says the Supreme Being is doing C Minus work.

    Many others, myself included, think even less of his magic potions.

    Every time he does something nowadays, I think of the Geico commercial where the old lady turns the girl into a cat.

    Good thing I am a dog person.

  4. @Tab

    I like the size. He seems like he could be a good complementary player. He didn’t stand out in the SC Finals. He’s coming in to be a 3rd line guy – be it at center or LW. I still think that Stan brings in another winger for the 3rd line. The more I think about it, why not sign both Strome brothers? I really like that Ryan Strome; he really played well for the Rangers with Panarin. Imagine how well he would play with Kane? Just a hypothetical.

  5. Janmark took 69 faceoffs last year, so I don’t see how he factors into the 3C role. I’m guessing your 3rd line next year is Highmore-Strome-Janmark.

    re: Ivan’s question about Ryan Strome – nice player. The Hawks don’t appear to be in the market for guys like that right now.

  6. See him as more of a 3rd line player with Suter, maybe a Kurashev or Nylander with them. I see top 6 as Dach in Saads spot and Strome resigned btween Kane and Cat to start the year. Could be competition for 4th line with Suter and Janmark good pk guys, possible a Kampf or Carpenter moved.

  7. Ian, I doubt they put Dach on the wing. I would assume Strome is going to be 3C probably with Janmark and maybe Brandon Hagel or Highmore. Dach prolly goes with Kaner and the Cat and who know who wil slide up with Toews and Kubalik. I like this guy, could skater with good size who can slide up and down the line up. In the playoffs he played with Seguin some games and he played with Blake Comeau in other games. We will see how this plays out.

  8. Folks seem to be writing off Shaw. Hasn’t he said he is recovered and looking forward to playing? I could see Shaw and Janmark as nice pieces to a solid 3rd line.

  9. Ms if Shaw is helthy he plays, but him Seabrook and Smith on ir/ltir and probably won’t know for sure if their ready until their physicals when training camp opens.

  10. So Stan “The Wizard” ( Wiz for short) Bowman has now alienated most of Chicago’s ardent & loyal fans, as well as his Sr. Core set of players (Toews, Kane, Keith and Seabrook!).
    How then, can this current set of moves be explained along the lines of a “master plan” for this team? I’m truly perplexed, if not just a little uneasy, about how this season unfolds?! And what will be the team’s “core” focus- defense (with rookie goaltending) or offence (with fewer true scorers) will be interesting to see how the Wiz plays this out- IF the Wiz survives! He has truly exposed Colliton & his coaching staff, challenging them to make chicken soup out of chicken poop!

  11. Look at all the money the Hawks have tied up with guys that either suck or are injury prone and old…..I DON”T GET IT. Save this money let some youth play and you could actually spend on skill or defense to really improve the team. The quote above asks are we tanking? The answer is where we spend money speaks for itself.

    Smith $3.25 million
    Janmark $2.25 million
    Nylander $863k
    DeHaan $4.55 million
    Shaw $3.9 million
    retained salary
    Saad $1 million
    Maatta $750k

    I could include Carpenter and Kampf at $1 million each, but what they do at that price is ok, but there is no need for both of them. They are basically the same, zero offense player. You can only have so many of those.

    So that is $17.563 million in crappy or chronically injured players (or guys not playing with our team) that our GM has spent just recently in the past year, since last offseason. Not to mention Matta was making $ 4 million plus most of last season, was our best dman in the playoffs, and we just got done giving him away.

    My child could look at the Hawks roster and figure out better ways of spending $17.63 million a year. And some of you wonder why the vets, three time champs, are pissed? That is why.

    Damn man, at least try. If they are now trying to lose suddenly, why didn’t they play Subban in the ‘play in’ round and let Crow rest?

    The stupidity and changing /shifting directions we endure with this team is an outrage. Look at the entry draft. Plenty of teams around the league look at their rosters and are augmenting what they have with what they need. There is a plan in place. But not here.

  12. Would rather have had Vesey for $900,000 who can play up and down the lineup than Janmark. He wasn`t very noticeable at all vs Tampa Bay . $2.25 Million is a fair bit of money in this new Market Environment. You`re in the range of money now that should get you more of an impact player ( offensively ). Caguilla for that matter brings more offense for less money. Not sure how Stan see`s the value of players and their roles in constructing a roster. Somebody said early he seems schizophrenic. Maybe Stan is making offers to players that won`t sign here so we`re left with these choices. We`ll never know I guess but his targets leave a lot to be desired. It`s obvious to me we need some new third line players with more offense than a Janmark brings. The past is the past as it relates to Stan but moves like this don`t give me much faith in the future under Stan`s guidance.

  13. Based on Stan’s own words, the plan is to work in young players. But that doesn’t mean that a player who is a little older can’t facilitate that plan. I like the speed and tenacity Janmark brings and although I think Caggiula is a similar and possibly a little better offensively, he has had injuries and he costs more. I line this signing.

  14. This is what a full scale rebuilding and tank job looks like ladies and gentlemen. Swap out Saad for Zadorov, who becomes trade bait before the in-season deadline. Bring in veteran Janmark to soak up minutes on the 3rd line.

    I’ll be surprised if Strome if back. Which I’m all good with because his shortcomings frustrate the bejeezus out of me. Wish Debrinicat was on the trade block, because I cannot stomach the one dimensional runt who is severe liability on defense and has no value on the boards of digging out the puck. I get it by the way that he’s a first-class guy and has potential to put the puck in the net…bottom line, good teams don’t have a Debrinicat on their roster. He’s overpaid too, which likely cements him to Chicago for now.

    Nylander? If we could shoot him into the sun I’d dance for joy. But alas, I think Bowman keeps him to fill out his roster because he doesn’t cost too much and supports the tanking strategy.

  15. I think Janmark is a quality depth add. He was noticeable vs Vegas however not as much against TB. Could well be that he was a little banged up. Hawks still need more quality within the forwards group. Holes to fill in the depth chart. A good player for the money invested.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  16. Another bottom 6 forward that does not fill a role! Woo! #sarcasm
    Not sarcasm:
    Us folk w/normal jobs would have been fired due to our ineptitude, but here Stan sits; high on his throne, playing with the hard-earned money that we’ve given the organ-i-zation.
    I’m old enough (44) that my first game was Februrary 1987 in the Old Barn. My family was one of the few that kept going thru the ABC line to get to see the three Cups.

    I am DONE with Stan Bowman.

    I hope 2, 7, 19 & 88 have a closed door sit-down with W. Rockwell and say Stan goes or we all go.

    They deserve better than Bowman & Colliton, and we deserve a better product on the ice.

  17. oops – correction to my earlier post: I misread Janmark’s AAV. I now see it is a 1-year contract at $2.25M which isn’t less than what Caggiula could have been signed for. He’s faster and better defensively than Caggiula but Caggiula is better offensively.

    I still like the signing.

  18. Someone asked about Shaw…I am worried for him if he does play because he played with such self-sacrifice. He is little and would run thru a wall to help his team…he took a huge beating every night and got into concussion issues. I did see that he insta-grammed that he was doing tabata sets the other day so he appears to be trying to prepare to play again. I love Shawzer and would love to see him in a Hawks sweater again, but not if it leads him to being another Ray Emery, Steve Montador, Dave Duerson…
    Regarding Janmark, I noted he provided almost no offense and was -5 on a pretty good team…causes me not to get excited about this signing. We’ll see.

  19. Dach is a top line player, there is a vacancy on top line, why not play him there and let him grow into centerman role. Strome if resigned, his future will be as a 2nd C, likely riding on his chemistry with Kane. He is not or will he likely be a 3rd C material why play him there, that’s Toews spot if he stays around eventually. Will Cat with 88 and 17 make a viable line, not likely in my opinion but try them together this year and find out. Be good entertainment value at least. Reichel may fit there in a year or 2.

  20. it all amounts to nothing. one middling third line guy or another. who cares? the real rebuild comes at one of two times. the contracts of 2, 7, 19, & 88 run out or they wave their nmcs and are traded. holding on to those guys until the bitter end, continuing the losing ways, and ending up with nothing for them in the end is the absolute worst case scenario.

    if the conversations with 2, 7, 19, & 88 about waving their nmcs have not occurred yet then bowman is more of a disaster than he appears to be on the surface.

    the writing of this story was on the walls two years ago. keeping icons past their usefulness in comparison to what they are paid is ignorant in a hard cap sport.

  21. If Stephanie has had it up to her fanny with the Supreme Being, and she is a docile, care giving, superhero nurse,
    then obviously there is merit to the rantings of a mercurial madman like me regarding the Supreme Being and his mirror mirror on the wall decision making.

    Did I just read he signed yet another defenseman?
    No wait. That was Adrian Aucoin filling out a job application at 1901 West Madison.

  22. Ian,Strome-Kane-Debrincat just does not work.Too soft and too much of a defensive liability with no puck retrievers on the line.Strome has proven that he cannot be a #2 Center.Vesey would have been a nice pickup for the 1st or 2nd line.I think Hagel is going to beat out Highmore and or Nylander.

  23. To Barn on Westside…I think Bowman keeps pushing Nylander to somehow justify that immensely stupid trade of Henri Jokiharyu. Can’t be done. No one buys it or likes it. Nylander is plain awful. If Colliton had any balls, he’d insist on minor-leaguing this guy and give Kurashev or Hagel some games to show what they can bring.

  24. Danny boy, move Bowman back to accounting and let Mark Kelley become interim GM. Bowman is burning down the house and I am becoming unable to watch this anymore. Have your dad and yourself hire a new president now!

  25. TimW agree not a long term solution but for next year, as developing year, gives Strome a show me chance and they create some offense likely. Dach gets some valuable top line time and rest get to compete for bottom 6 spots and see who looks the part, which should lead to next step improvement there by some.

    Tab Smith shouldn’t to block anybody, if somebody ready to take his spot, he can be shopped or waived, if no takers buried in minors and the 1.075m amount they bury more than covers any salary recalled in his place. Not a great scenario but can look after itself at least. Who gets moved on defense is another story, Dehaan if some team wants a risk/reward type move but caphit high for that. Murphy would be Zadorov in Murphy out swap type, likely draw lots of questions again. Maybe Seabrook going to be awhile and nobody goes.

  26. The interest level, and monies spent by the fans, will slowly and steadily decrease until A) the coach is disposed and B) the general manager is disposed. To date, the evidence supports joint dismissals, instanter. Anyone who supports their continued retention and advocates against dismissal is living in an alternate reality. Simply stated, put down the bong and throw away the mushrooms.

    If you want to clear out veterans and monies for young players within the organization, ok, fine, we agree to disagree. Inept trades such as the return (two more defensemen, great, no draft picks instead) on Saad and signing a glorified Carpenter for double his cap hit simply cements home the point that the general manager is not only a dishonorable guy, but continues flipping coins on what he says and what he does.

    Good day to Perimeter Player, Stephanie, and the vast majority of all others who get it. To those who don’t, we will suffer along with you while we watch things deteriorate on and off the ice. Bye.

  27. It looks to me Strome is gone. There is no spot for him. I actually like this pick up if we can get some assets for Strome like a late 1st and a Second from a contender.
    Something is up with up Smith, maybe LITR which is why they did not buy him out.

    Still like Kahun or Alex Galchenyuk.

    Funny texts between Kane and Zadarov. Love it.

  28. So many great points made here today by all. I’m mean this just looks like a HOT MESS now. And I gave Nylander every chance to prove himself, but it just isn’t happening. I have not been to cap friendly yet, don’t we have any $ available, seem it would have been better to spend this 2. whatever towards something closer to a top 6 forward. Much frustration, like most.

  29. Last I looked offense is not the Hawks problem defense is

    Janmark is a big strong and fast from an exceptionally good defensive team and also can take Saad’s PK minutes – how many times did we weak Hawk forwards fail to get the puck out of the D zone or win a board battle or fail to pressure opposing D men and retrieve the puck in the O zone – Janmark helps in all these cases – he’s not here to rack up big point totals

    In case you’ve all forgotten CHI was just about the worst defensive team in the league last year – Janmark will help – I like this signing

  30. IMO Dach and Strome will both play C

    Kub-Toews-Shaw
    Dcat – Dach – Kane
    Suter-Strome-Janmark
    Highmore – Kampf – Carpenter

    Nylander

    Maybe Dcat and Suter change places depending how good Suter is

  31. ARE you f****** serious 3.6 million for Crawford to go to the Devils????? We couldn’t afford him for 3.6 million??????? WTF is going on????????

  32. MS, I am sensing Shawzer is 100%/at some point and will play like usual. A line with Shawzer Barratt other is a beauty of an idea.

  33. @wrap, I like your take on the lines. Big questions on Shaw and Suter; but on paper… And if Dcat can re-find his scoring touch, Dach plays like he did this post season, and Kane is Kane – that second line becomes the first line hands down.

  34. As much as people bash Debrincat from what I see he cares and tries. He falls short defensively but at least he tries. I can not hate him.

    I dont understand this move. I’ve been thinking of the team in terms of Seattle draft (maybe a bit too much) and saving money. I try to see things from an owners eyes. I dont get this one. Seems like a lot to pay. Maybe they feel someone who went to the final last year will have trade value at the deadline. Gives management time to sort out which of the prospects are making the jump to the nhl. Also betting on it’s a negotiation tactic for Strome with the message being “sign or see how much someone else pays you”

    To the commenters talking about other guys signing elsewhere for less like vesey keep in mind as it stand that team seems to focus on offense. Sometimes style of play is a factor. Keeping in mind hes playing for a contract. Picture him signing somewhere were they have him playing some defensive system. Not to mention due to the league losing money hes probably gambling on this being a one year slump in lower contract signings to sing for more next year. Goals and money!

  35. What the F#*+! Lucas Wallmark. What for???? Another no scoring wing? I guess that bonehead Bowman is shucking off Stroke and Shaw and Suter. And Kurashev. And Hagel. And Barratt. Some youth movement.

  36. Nothing more to it or less. Good ufa/just like Kubalik caphit.

    PHIL
    October 12, 2020 at 10:57 am
    I think Janmark is a quality depth add. He was noticeable vs Vegas however not as much against TB. Could well be that he was a little banged up. Hawks still need more quality within the forwards group. Holes to fill in the depth chart. A good player for the money invested.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  37. the real rebuild comes at one of two times. the contracts of 2, 7, 19, & 88 run out or they wave their nmcs and are traded. holding on to those guys until the bitter end, continuing the losing ways

    Dude, these core players caphits are not in the way at all. 2 and 7 wont be here when were deep again in 2/3 yrs and if they are there close to 40. 19 88 will be and should have closer to the 6.3 then the 10.5 when 35-40. Its a cycle and its going to go full circle for those guys to.

    So when it matters caphits will not get in the way of the young wave/core not at all. Its these meaningless yrs inbetween that people freak out about that mean nothing other letting everyone play that needs to these couple yrs.

    trades/ltir will take care of the unkonown.

    Point is no ones blocking anyone they will get moved or other for who we want to play. Others who are close will get in there and get there coffee/who arnt ready for 40 or 80 yet.

    Nothing is different in these things just because were playing young players more.

  38. If Colliton had any balls, he’d insist on minor-leaguing this guy and give Kurashev or Hagel some games to show what they can bring.

    Thought its better to not rush devlopment. People complain bitch whine about he we have no farm and do not have any coming yet we push shove give before these guys would be ready normally. How about letting these guys do the normal and then they can take over when really ready instead of being put in spots because were not deep and need it.

    These guys were getting/have are here not to block to be role players and ‘when’ the younger wavers are ready get them in one at a time. As much as I like two at a time.

  39. I guess I’m just complaining, bitching, and whining about everything Stan Bowman does because all I’ve seen him do the last four years is screw this team up more and more. I trust in nothing this sorry excuse for a GM does. Sorry, but I get tired of seeing Chicago GMs continue to marvel at their own genius.

  40. This.

    WRAPAROUND
    October 12, 2020 at 3:10 pm
    Last I looked offense is not the Hawks problem defense is

    Janmark is a big strong and fast from an exceptionally good defensive team and also can take Saad’s PK minutes – how many times did we weak Hawk forwards fail to get the puck out of the D zone or win a board battle or fail to pressure opposing D men and retrieve the puck in the O zone – Janmark helps in all these cases – he’s not here to rack up big point totals

    In case you’ve all forgotten CHI was just about the worst defensive team in the league last year – Janmark will help – I like this signing

  41. Wrap, I like that lines. For what we know of these players/and donot of new ones it does look more defensively responsible and just as good/better offensively with the upside of every younger player. Defense is eventually coming to the group on D.

    Kub-Toews-Shaw
    Dcat – Dach – Kane
    Suter-Strome-Janmark
    Highmore – Kampf – Carpenter

  42. Exatly what I was thinking that we couldnt just meet in middle of 3.5-4.0 who cares if he wanted 2 yrs I just donot see why we ‘had’ to. To me theres no excuse for this one.

    Not going to get mad just I do not get this one. The other moves make sense for the identity were doing now/with starting with the 77 pick we have been adding players that are that style big strong fast.

  43. Yea if were not keeoing any of these guys were getting trade/ufa for more then deadline and getting picks/propspects then then thats smart so we have players that are good at D and have size and will hit back ‘EVERY’ time someone try stuff to our young wavers/others to. Its about the young wave right? getting those guys ready and not hurt along the way until they emerge.

    HONEST GUY
    October 12, 2020 at 5:57 pm
    Maybe they feel someone who went to the final last year will have trade value at the deadline. Gives management time to sort out which of the prospects are making the jump to the nhl.

  44. Zadorov Janmark Wallmark – 6.400 m

    Maatta Saad Smith – 12.583 m

    Pretty similiar players overall and we have 6.183 m more in these moves.

  45. There is nothing wrong with 22 64 any others at 1.000 m area. Only if there are so many that they cant be clear waivers when we want to keep them.

    Everything lies on getting Defense good again overall so along the way rebuild with moar top 5 skill draft players.

  46. Even if you use the Lucas Wallmark signing as a benchmark ( his stats are better than Janmark`s ) ……..Bowman paid Janmark too much money . I got nothing against Janmark but in this NHL Economic freefall, he ain`t worth what Bowman paid him. Bowman paid the correct Price for Walmark. Go figure. Bowman playing like a kid with lunch money I guess

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