Blackhawks Sign Sikura, Quenneville

On Friday the Blackhawks announced two-year contracts for forwards Dylan Sikura and John Quenneville.

Sikura and Quenneville each agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season that carries a $750,000 AAV. Both contracts are two-way deals in 2019-20 and one-way deals in the second season.

86 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Sikura, Quenneville

  1. Solid signings,maybe even more so for next year as they could fit in tight cap situation and allow a little more wiggle room with Debrincat, Strome, Kubalik, Cagguila and Gus be rfas. Now Perlini and Kampf.

  2. Two borderline NHL/AHL player at a reasonable price… Hope that both Sikura and Quenneville play in AHL and be no more that depht in case of injuries

  3. Where are we going to play jokiharju? Boqvist? Will a trade be made to make room for these guys coming up? The new defensive signing are multiple years. It doesn’t look good for bringing up our prospects

  4. Taking care of business

    It’ll be interesting where these two fit with the NHL roster if at all

    Stan seemed to imply that Sikura probably will be on the roster to start based on his positive comments about but if they add 1 or 2 PKers on 1 year deals as he’s mentioned I don’t know where there’s room for him this year especially if Dach makes the team

  5. I think space will somehow be opened up this year for Joki

    Either Murphy gets traded or Seabs sits – those IMO would be the top two options
    for getting Joki into the top 6

    Stan has said he’s not looking to trade Gus or Keith or Seabs

  6. Two very nice deals for the Hawks. I expect Sikura will play a top-9 role and prove the “he didn’t score any goals” detractors wrong. I haven’t seen Quenneville play so I have no opinion one way or another on him.

  7. It won’t bother me if Joki plays in Rockford in 2019/20 so long as the 8 d-men currently on the roster are doing a good job of reducing goals against. He will get his opportunity when it’s best for the team, which is the way it should be.

  8. I’m looking to ink Perlini. I just don’t think Sikura is more than an AHL kinda guy. It’s a very affordable two year agreement. So, let’s see what happens.

  9. Evolving Hockey was site that had those projections of ufa/rfa players, the other day.

    11 64
    Prob sign these guys to.

    Could do more trade or maybe ufa.

    I can see us having more then full roster during summer and fitting it in just before game 1.

  10. Stan’s recent interview on the official Blackhawks web site includes quite a bit of talk about Seabrook. Stan says Seabrook’s biggest issue is that the team has not been necessarily “fair” to him (I’m paraphrasing) because he’s been paired with a younger guy too much. Stan says explicitly that for this upcoming season that the intention is to pair Seabrook with either Maata or DeHaan. Unless Stan is lying, there is not intention on his part for Seabrook to be doing any sitting. He also seems to defend Seabrook’s contract (and I’m not arguing Seabrook’s contract here, please note that ……. he got what they gave him so good for him) by saying he’s not making as much money as his cap hit is to the team (or that’s how I read it at least).

    Regardless, the points about Jokiharju and Boqvist and where they will play are relevant. A lot of guys in the defensive corp. DeHaan will play when healthy and Maata is already slotted in. Looks like Seabrook is as well unless Colliton and Stan do not see eye to eye.

  11. I really do hope that Sikura has some huge improvement over last year. I thought he hurt the team by being slotted into so many games down the stretch. I’m not so worried about that he didn’t score goals as much as he didn’t really get any assists, and was paired on top lines too much when big games were on the line to get into the playoffs. He looked really fragile out there to me, like he was just not up to the task yet. I am sincerely hoping he got some workout time in to get stronger, and can get more confidence in training camp etc. He just didn’t have it during this past season.

  12. If Joki proves that he is ready then I’m sure we will find a spot for him. Remember that he is still only 20 years old and he faded fairly quickly last year as the physical part of the game wore him down. Regarding Boqvist I will be very surprised to see him make the team. From what I understand he was sheltered a bit on his defensive responsibilities with the junior team last year. I believe he will either go back to junior or start in Rockford. That decision will probably be based on how much he has matured physically. Seabs will be given the chance to prove SB’s comments correct by playing with a veteran but I doubt that JC will have too much patience if he is the same guy we saw last year. The other wild card in all this discussion is possible injuries – we were fairly lucky last year but if someone goes down for a while it will be nice to have some depth.

  13. Sikura should have a decent career but I doubt it will be in the NHL. Swiss league perhaps or maybe even the K.

  14. Sikura must earn a spot on this roster because what he did last year was not near enough. It’s up to him how bad he wants it.

  15. Quenneville the 2nd winningest coach of all time was obviously fired because he believed in how ready Jokiharju was to start last season on top pair and be one of their best defenseman. Of course the decision to demote was because how good their defense was afterward lol. No offense but I’ll go with Qs assessment on this one.
    Really if they plan on burying him in the minors all year, less leverage come contract time i suppose, i hope for his sake they trade him before Bowman and Colliton ruin him. Sorry but gotta call this one as i see it.
    If the plan is to bring him up again this year to stay then his waiver exempt status could be understandable.

  16. We should all be looking at how all the signings work with the coming expansion draft.
    These two players will be UFA then.
    Maata and DeHaan contracts, when do they end. They could they be UFA then?
    If you now bring up any of the D-men prospects, can/will they be protected some way?
    How does Joki fit in with the coming draft?
    Remember the Hawks have a number of no move contracts that will still be in effect.

  17. MS…ummm youre overlooking something. Boqvist is 18…which means, due to the agreement between the CHL and NHL, he cannot play in the AHL until he is 21. Its the NHL or back to Jrs.

  18. Panarin projecting at 11.5 to 12mm for 6-8 years………Saad not looking to bad right now

  19. Espo – Ian is the expert on this but I believe Boqvist is “on loan” to the junior team. Because he is on loan and not drafted in the CHL he is eligible to play in the AHL. I may be wrong and will defer to those who know these rules much better than I do.

  20. I think you’re right MS – Boquist situation is different because he’s on loan from his Swedish club

    Ian – I’m not worried about Joki getting ruined in the AHL if it happens that he plays more there than in the NHL this year – Keith played two seasons in the AHL and it improved him not hurt him

    In fact I’m hard pressed to think of any player ruined by spending time developing in the AHL

    The opposite however is true – that a player’s development can be stunted by being force fed to the NHL too soon

    You want your young players to thrive in the NHL not just survive – Joki seemed like he was just surviving last year by the time he went to RKF

    Having said that I believe in him as a player and at some point whenever he’s ready he’ll be in CHI and be a very good player

  21. So, call me “Old School,” but let me provide a general review of the Hawks’ off-season so far. First, they maintained and possibly improved their offense, especially if they land a scoring forward via trade or free agency in the next few days; Secondly, they likely greatly reduced their 2019-2020 goals against with reliable stay-at-home defensemen; Third, they got a bit bigger and, therefore, slightly harder to push around; Fourth? We haven’t done much of this yet, but we have to make ourselves harder to play against. Quennville is a scrappy middle-weight, but not an overwhelming deterrent to other teams contemplating bullying our small players and our concussion-prone goalie, especially when he is a healthy scratch, which is likely. Sure, I’d love to have Anders Lee or Pavelski, but Michael Ferland makes opponents accountable both with his checking and his fighting. Further, he scores about 15-16 goals a year and decisively makes the Hawks HARDER TO PLAY AGAINST. And that sort of thing is contagious. Suddenly, you will Connor Murphy and our other sizeable guys almost “shamed” into fulfilling that role as well.

  22. Espoforever, it is my understanding that foreigners can play in the AHL at age 18 and beyond. North Americans (who have already played in Junior Hockey) can only play in the AHL once they are age 20. I guess there is more “protectiveness” for North American kids than foreigners. I don’t now! Anyway, the idea that age 21 is significant is not true. So, long story short, Boqvist can play AHL next year because he is a foreigner. Beaudin cannot because he is a Canadian who has played in Juniors. Ian Mitchell, at the end of his college season this year, can play in the NHL or AHL partly because he never played in Juniors, plus he’s about to become old enough anyway.

  23. Sikura and Quennevillle = AHL “depth” players…unless Sikura actually/finally learns to score.

  24. SIKURA? Stop this nonsense, having play in the AHL the next two seasons and maybe include him in a trade. He cannot be on the opening day roster. Trade Murphy to make room for Joki. Trade AA to make room for DACH and sign 2 wingers like DZIGEL, TANEV, and then PAVELSKI for one year, and please sign PERLINI!!
    PAVELSKI TOEWS KANE
    SAAD DACH DZINGEL
    DCAT STROME PERLINI
    TANEV Kampf KUBALIK
    (Saarela, Quenneville)

    KEITH GUS
    DE HAAN SEABS
    MAATTA JOKI
    Dalhstrom

    Crawford
    Mike Smith (1 year), Kincaid or Lankinen

    Trade AA and Murphy (Toronto & Jets need a number 5 or 6 Dman)
    Delia, Sikura are career AHLers.

  25. Not a Sikura fan but believe he is going to score, and score a lot. I can have him training on an Uncle Julio’s diet of burritos, nachos, quesadillas back to burritos to give him the nutrition he needs.

  26. I think my self and who ever are thinking about some of these guys and not factoring chl and things. Thats cool. Just remind people and stuff, but were thinking big picture and what is there very soon. So lets do it. It is close enough to say thats where were at, you know.

    We waited 2 F ing yrs for this movement, lets not get tech. on it.

  27. I really like Mackenzie entwistle. I’ve been following him and I am very surprised no one ever talks about him. He could be a great bottom six addition. Wonder where he fits into the future as well

  28. Sikura needs 20 pounds…I think Saarela and Quenneville are higher draft picks and way ahead of Sikura. Sikura will be a nice story for Rockford fans. Nice guy! Not NHL type or hype.
    Burakovsky would have looked great with the Hawks too.
    Pavelski will probaably go with Tampa to be with his buddy, #27. Too bad!

  29. But we cannot forget about size and speed combined! Perlini has both whcih is why he needs another chance. Strome and DCAT are not the fastest buys out tgere soBurakovski typen guy wouldn’t have been a good pick. Let’s see ! Hawks are not a quick team so that has to improve as well.

  30. Might I point out that without Maatta’s 4M cap hit, signing Anders Lee or some other fast, big forward would be easier short-term. Yes we can buy Maatta out later, but his cap hit next year impacts our ability to make a bigger splash in addressing a need up front right now.

    After the de Haan trade, it’s clear that the Maatta trade sucked. Cut the losses and flip Maatta for a faceoff specialist and a goalie prospect. Then we can make a bigger splash up front with the newfound cap space, and free up a valuable spot on the back end for Joker. I strongly suspect that after watching one slow, overpaid defenseman in 2019, we will be grateful that we aren’t watching two.

    If you flip Maatta and make a splash, then you’ve upgraded Kahun with e.g. Lee and picked up PK help on faceoffs, while integrating Joker into the backend. Along with the de Haan acquisiton, and a good draft, that’s a good offseason.

  31. Who knows we might have got Maata because we wernt sure on getting Haan. Then we got Haan.

    Theres no need to think it cant be fixed to add elite FW with not keeping someone.

    We talked about Entwhistle a lot during CHL.

    These guys arnt far away.

  32. Wrap, hope your right about Joki, just not comfortable with how they have handled him.

    Boqvist is eligibleto play in A.hl next season because he is on loan from his Swedish team. London doesn’t own his rights. Beaudin is Ahl elogible because he turns 20 before dec 31st. Dach isn’t Ahl eligible.

    May want Boqvist to bulk up in juniors another year now if he doesn’t make Nhl roster but they have that choice.

    If Gus extended defense caphit could be in 30m range as is next year, gotta believe this is a one year load up and get a new facelift by another years time if not sooner. Lee be good signing for sure, but hard to fit long term.

  33. Bowman doesn ‘t talk alot about goaltending needs, so lead you believe they are comfortable with Crawford and Delia at Nhl levrl. Could sign one a number of young ufa goalies with waiver exempt time left nrxt season to play in Rockford. Maybe Nalimov still in play there too for next season.

  34. For expansion draft right now
    Goalies Delia eligible, Lankinen eligible (rfa next sumner) Crow?
    Defense all current on Nhl roster plus all who played in Ahl last season if still under contract or rfa are eligible.( Joki included) Keith and Seabrook require protection or waive nmc.
    Fwds Toews and Kane also require protection. Saad and Anisimov ufas so if not resigned before draft don’t. Debrincat, Strome, Cagguila, Perlini, Kampf, D. Sikura, Quenneville and older Saarela eligible if rfa or still under contract.

    All players who are in first year this season and beyond exempt, Kubalik included. Players who had slide year in juniors last season exempt.

    7F 3D 1G or 8 skaters and 1G can be protected.

  35. Lots to digest here. My comments are only on our D. The weakest in the NHL. First off..JC’s system of man to man D. The Hawks have a full off season and 1/2 a season to understand how to play it. Does anyone know if Matta and DeHahn played man to man? Next..Craw to me is the biggest question mark. He’s not the same goalie. Delia looked as coach Q would say ok. Great his first few games then eh. Jokie looked good at first and then the same eh. Did the change in system hurt him? Murphy won’t be traded because he is getting better and he can hit. Opponents have to be aware of him. Keith is a shadow of himself. His mistakes and give aways are plenty. He’s trying to play his old game and it’s not there anymore. Still has an active stick tho and a will to win. Seabs great leader on and off but it’s just not there anymore. Sorry Seabs I loved u but he’s no more than a 7th D man now. Gus has incredible offensive talent. He ignited the PP after they inserted him. But his D was shoddy. He won’t be traded because they have no one to replace him at this point. Dahlstrom nothing more than a fringe Dman. I have no clue about these other youngsters. Never saw them play.

  36. I wonder about De Haan’s health. Shoulders are unstable joints and (I have been told) can be difficult to repair surgically. Two surgeries in two years could be an issue.

    I like Entwistle too. He is still a bit lanky and I think time in the A will be good for him, but he has heart and mucks it well so I could see him as 3RW in a year’s time.

    Of the young defenders Joki is clearly the farthest along and arguably with a 200 ft game has more upside than either Beaudin and Mitchell. He had an excellent first year. Keeper.

    As for a LW to play with 19/88, Kubalik is far more likely than Sikura. Kubalik may be a stretch right out of the gate but has size and a wicked release. Sikura needs eyes in the back of his head just to survive out there. Hard to execute when your one hit away from being roadkill.

  37. Good points Jordy. But I’ve never seen Kubalik play so I can’t comment. I did really like Kahun’s game tho. He was pretty effective for first time in North America. Obviously the Pens so that too. I thought our top line looked the best with Caggiula on it. He had the grit and speed for Toews and Kane. Perlini looked his best with Strome and the Cat. Never so this kid we got with De Hahn, Sarella but he sounds really interesting. Lots of speed and scoring and at 22 he could be a sleeper for us.

  38. Where will Brandon Hagel ( lw )and Reese Jonhson (rw )play next year ? Those 2 guys are maybe part of the Hawks future .
    Who knows where they will play next year,probably Ahl . Why where the Hawks so interested in them ?
    Sometime you can have nice surprise with guys that are not in the top prospect. Both are 6″1 ,175 and 192 lbs

  39. Ian, lots of good info. Who who is not eligible foe AHL. That ufas so if not resigned before draft. That could be genius by Bowman in having some contracts lined up like that for that one yr only, to protect more players.

  40. Hawks10, we sort of have a bunch of guys that are getting close or close to, that. Hagel Johnson Entwhistle Kurachev Barratt and more. Its a lot of good players, not all make it, but when we talked around world juniors and say only so many make out of how ever many. We might have a much higher hit list then, normal/avg.

    We could be fricken stacked in a couple yr, when that many are good players.

  41. Grey, not sure what they played in team systems before but I know they Both are very good passers. So thats what I know about them and that has to be extremely helpfull to coach system of style.

    Buckaroo is going to be just fine I think. It was prob a lot of things, first rookie season and most have that happen at some point in 82 games. I know he played 40 but its the same concept there. Its not anything to do with how good he is and going to be. 200 games.

    What system did FINLAND do. He looked good there, steady. Like Teravainen one of the best players at world juniors, but point is of players that are around same age/range. So once Teravainen got enough games/a couple yrs he came into his own. When people were whining hes too small kind of stuff. He is the size he is and he is a dang good wicked style kind of player. So I think Buckaroo is going to be a good one. Have that feeling, he has that calmness to him, sort of like Hammer does.

  42. Sarella could be good. Thats why I asked other day if people thought on him being good player.

  43. In the interview posted by Wraparound, Stan says they need a shutdown type center who can relieve Toews from having to take on the league’s studs each shift. Guy also has to be taking pressure faceoffs. To me that implies he is going for one via trade or free agency because that doesn’t really sound like anyone on the current roster.

  44. Must be a really good player because 64 is good. Which is sweet because that means were adding a good center, faceoffs, stuff. We get a good two way player, kind of quality. By the sounds of that. Since we have a decent 4th line center.

  45. Hopefully our Finnish goalie from the World Championship gives us something to cheer about at camp. Crawford is one knock away from retirement. Delia or Darling, same story. Not NHL calibre.
    So, maybe Kincaid would be a solid backup?
    Entwhistle, Saarela, Quennville and Kubalik are ahead of Sikura by a wide margin. But, because the first four are not Bowman draft picks, we have no idea if any of them can make that big step to the NHL this season, Unless we sign Donskoi or Tanev, I hope some of those guys get a long look.

  46. Kubalik is in top 9. Training camp will get competition but not as much in the coming yrs with this many good FW on the way.

  47. Meant to say more loaded with competition in the coming yrs, make it harder to make 23man for coming yrs then this fall.

    This yr is going to be good and fun again but man I can wait until 21 season and on.

  48. Kampf is a very 4C not yet anyway good enough offensively to be 3C IMO

    Very much sounds like Stan will be bringing in a player or two to add to the FW group and one of those a C who can play vs the other teams top Cs the way Booly used to or Kruger in his prime

    Looking forward to seeing who it will be

  49. I like what yous said because it means were adding another good player. I like 64 and hes as goos as he is, thats fine. Just want to keep adding good players and get roster deep again. Then as the young wave comes in, each yr more good young players come in and team get better each yr as we go along because of the upside of the young wave.

    Sure some will replace the older core players in 5 yrs from now but I think we got a lot of good players coming and only a couple older core players left, with 10 and 81 already.

  50. Kampf for what his caphitwill be is a valuable depth player, can play any line C role in a pinch without hurting the team alot. He can also play wing as well.

  51. Tank ufas were genius because its the only way to get two top 6 skill players. Aint getting that kind of skill any other way. I mean you can over pay in yrs and at 7-10m caphit but two of them. 7yrs at 14-20m for two elite players, right from the start. How does that fit in the 23man.

    To go with an already good core, Roster adjustments around game 30
    tank ufs out- manning davidson knutz
    trades in- caguliga strome perlini
    healthy players ready in- Dals Murf

    To go with that 25-15 2nd 40 games team, Roster adjustments around draft
    out- forsling dals knutz hayden kahun krugs
    in- maata haan kubalik FW-tobeannounced

    Starting to come together.

  52. Out / In

    manning maata
    davidson
    dalstrom haan
    forsling
    Schmaltz strome
    kahun kubalik
    hayden perlini
    knutz caguliga
    krugs checking center tba

    What amazing about these excellent moves is, only Schmaltz was give to get, other then Kahun. Thats impressive. Getting the roster better is what matters the most, not being impreszsive.

  53. Ian – I would not have a problem at all with them picking up Val Filppula. I’ve always liked his game.

  54. Rumours are Dzingel coming to CHI

    I don’t know his game that well – I know he’s fast which the Hawks need but does he PK?

  55. Wrap no he doesn’t play pk, or not a regular one anyways.
    The thing i noticed is in his few playoff appearances he has virtually disappeared, kind of a red flag.

  56. I was on the Dzingel train a few months ago when he was on Ottawa – but after he was traded to Columbus at the TDL he has more or less disappeared, including the playoffs. I temper my thoughts on Dzingel with the Tortarella factor – Coach Torts will not allow any kind of free wheeling and that may be why Dzingel had reduced TOI and essentially no impact down the stretch and playoffs. Say what you want about Tortarella but if he has a problem with a player it probably means the player has a shortcoming in his game that Torts won’t put up with.

  57. Was going to post that before I read your 2nd sentense. That people liked him during regular season as a good player to get ufa wise. Like Stalburg? then playoffs and said those things. We want the Bicks not the Stalburgs.

  58. One bad playoff does not a career make – it’s worth noting of course but Dzingel being a TDL rental perhaps didn’t have time to fit in plus he was used to a top 6 role in OTT and didn’t have that with CBL

    If the Hawks were to sign him does that imply that Stan has a taker for AA?

  59. Hawks just acquired Andrew Shaw for 3 draft picks – I would guess that ends the Dzingel talk

    Not sure where that puts them cap wise but not much left over after adding Shaw’s 3.9 million AAV if they’re planning on holding some cap space for the TDL and next year’s contracts to 12 and 17

  60. Interesting trade – We need Shaw’s skillset more than Dzingel’s and it appears that Donskoi has lot of interest so he will probably get more term than we wanted to give. Shaw had a very good year last year and will be 28 at the start of the year. If he stays healthy this is a nice trade.

  61. I said Shawzer the other day. Just like the person who said Haan a day or so before and Whalaughla.

  62. Since dynasty yrs we have only had heart or soul but not both. Now, with Shawzer, we got our heart and soul back again.

    Now its on, really cant wait for the 21 season and on.

  63. Remember that line of 20 65 88. Options are there again.

    You can see the, two, transitions yrs are over. Its back to loading up and having a full roster again. We paid our dues for those two yrs, and walked away with two top 6 skill players that you can only get with top 5 picks in draft. Doing those tank ufas for those two yrs really has us set up for a bunch of yrs again.

    In the salary cap not being able to keep everyone after certain yrs, we did what we had to for that but did it with a purpose. By getting Bread Man for free, it got us 15 for free and Saader back. Same thing here by not being able to keep everyone, we got two 2nd picks which got us Debrincat for free and now Shawzer back.

    Both 20 and 65 are playoff kind of players, we couldnt keep temporarily and now have back with 15 and 12 for free. Can see more adjustments coming, with 65 being the 3rd line center we had in 2013 2014 2015.

  64. Niiiiiice. Now its time to finnish that Goose Island draft party keg off. We can take M off when needed.

  65. You think this is huge for the boys. You know how pumped were going to be with Shazwer Mutt in the locker room again.

    Swagger. Baybayyyyy!

  66. Helps toughness but he is not a heavyweight that can with the 200 lbs muscle of other teams. Do like him but watch out for the concussion situation.

  67. I would say Shaw plays bigger then other teams 200 pound players. Shaw is like a 210 pound player. Now guy like Hayes that are 210 220 play like they are 180 yes.

  68. Very happy getting Shaw. He meant more to the Hawks than Panarin. He is what this team needed. His personality and tough tough play had been missing. There was no one to replace his attitude, charisma and talent. They have enough goal scorers but he’ll still score, muck it in front of the net and was a plus 17 last year. I bet he’s pumped knowing he’s back. Great move.

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