Blackhawks Summer Spending: A Look Ahead

With the Western Conference now officially clinched by the Nashville Predators, we have a few days to look ahead once again to the summer in Chicago.

Since being bounced from the playoffs by Nashville, the Hawks have made a few moves to keep some players in Chicago (in theory) while also giving Vegas options in the upcoming expansion draft. Stan Bowman has given new deals to three forwards and one defenseman, and traded away his backup goaltender.

Re-Signed:
Richard Panik – 2 years, $5.6M
Tanner Kero – 2 years, $1.5M
Jordin Tootoo – 1 year, $700k
Michal Rozsival – 1 year, $650k

Traded:
Scott Darling – to Carolina

Chicago has more work to do, however, and plenty more contracts to consider in the medium term. And, according to CapFriendly, a Blackhawks roster of 13 forward, 6 defensemen and 2 goaltenders (plus $3,558M in overages from the 2016-17 season) has Chicago at approximately $76.6M – well over the projected cap.

Most of us assume that unrestricted free agents Brian Campbell, Johnny Oduya and Andrew Desjardins won’t be back. But Chicago already needs to begin planning for the next two summers.

The following Blackhawks organization players will be restricted free agents this summer:

NHL Roster
Tomas Jurco
Dennis Rasmussen
Michal Kempny

Minors
Ville Pokka
Erik Gustafsson
Michael Latta
Dillon Fournier
Kenton Helgesen

Chicago also retains the rights to one remaining college senior, Boston College’s Chris Calnan.

In 2018, the Blackhawks will face restricted free agency with John Hayden, Ryan Hartman, Vinnie Hinostroza and Trevor van Riemsdyk.

In 2019 Chicago could have Panik, Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson among the group of free agents-to-be (though we believe at least one of those four players will be gone this summer).

That’s a potentially expensive group of players, some of whom are already considered part of the existing core and others who need to become a more important piece of the team.

With Chicago hosting the 2017 NHL Draft in a few weeks, and the coming expansion draft, the Hawks could be one of the more intriguing and active teams in late June. As a reminder, the Blackhawks own these ten picks in the 2017 NHL Draft:

Round One – Chicago
Round Two – Chicago
Round Three – Ottawa (via Carolina for Darling)
Round Four – Chicago
Round Five – Chicago, Carolina (from Versteeg trade), St. Louis (from 2016 draft trade)
Round Six – Chicago, NY Islanders (from 2016 draft trade)
Round Seven – Anaheim (from Tim Jackman trade – 2016)

The following players have a contracts in place for the coming season (with previous league and ’17-18 cap hit):

Forwards
John Hayden – NHL – $925,000
Tyler Motte – AHL – $925,000
Vinnie Hinostroza – AHL – $717,500
Alex DeBrincat – Jr – $809,167
Alexandre Fortin – Jr – $685,000
Matthew Highmore – Jr – $775,833
David Kampf – Czech – $925,000
Nathan Noel – Jr – $775,833
Kyle Baun – AHL – $625,000
Luke Johnson – AHL – $717,500
Graham Knott – Jr – $717,500
Anthony Louis – NCAA – $775,000
Matheson Iacopelli – NCAA – $742,500

Defensemen
Gustav Forsling – AHL – $872,500
Carl Dahlstrom – AHL – $750,833
Viktor Svedberg – AHL – $750,000
Robin Norell – AHL – $717,500
Luc Snuggerud – NCAA – $767,500

Goaltender
Jeff Glass – AHL – $612,500

40 thoughts on “Blackhawks Summer Spending: A Look Ahead

  1. Don’t envy Stan’s position right now but I trust he’ll figure it out and will make some good moves happen. We need to dump some big salary $$ somehow, without hurting the team. If there’s a way to package Seabrook with picks or a prospect – and get him to agree to the move, that $6.6 million would come in very handy over the rest of the summer. Do you think there’s any real possibility of this happening?

  2. Congrats to Nashville on winning the West. Looking at the Preds roster and cap its easy to project them being “good” for the next 2 seasons or so. Rinne is always a wildcard though.

    As for our Blackhawks here my thoughts, the problem is the Hawks have so little room to make any significant moves. Everything will need to be done from within. Forwards: Hayden, Motte, Hino & Cat should all really be with the big club in the fall. I’d keep Moose and let Jurco go, he has shown me very little since arriving.

    Defense: Assuming SB can’t or won’t move Seabs; Soups, Oduya should not be resigned. Kempny ABSOLUTELY needs to be resigned to slide in as their 4th. Then its youngsters on the bottom pairing.

    Are the Hawks are really going to go into the season with Jeff Glass? Gulp likely he is there only option in house. Wouter Peeters isn’t ready yet. He will be in North America this year so the Hawks should know what they have him in by this time next year.

    On paper this team is NOT a contender. Sad. Remember in 2015 when the Hawks won the cup yeah that was awesome!

  3. SB has talked like he intends to keep Jurco for this next season. Talked about how this past season was acclimation to the system. Expects better things with time with Blackhawks under his belt. Unless Stan has something up his sleeve, then I expect Jurco to stay.

  4. If Stan can sign Jurco for say $675 to $750k, I say do it. If nothing else, he helps in the Rock and can be called on when needed.

  5. Unpopular move, but the right move. Trade Panarin at the zenith of his market value so far as the Blackhawks go. Panarin was irrelevant in the playoffs two years in a row. But he can bring back a couple of critical building blocks while also clearing out some cap room.

    If I’m Stan, I put on my Kevlar suit and trade Panarin. For those of you who violently object to such a move, then I’d love to understand your options for addressing the cap and addressing critical weaknesses if we intend to be playoff viable the next couple of seasons.

  6. Rufus… I completely agree… Seabrook would be even better (addition by subtraction of that Cap cost)… but I don’t see any real takers.

    72 would have lots of buyers… and SB- should be looking to get Auston Watson type guys back and or Cheaper/younger versions of Frolik’s…

    72 skates circles around guys all year… but then PO’s happen- and Teams/D play the “right way” …… and that Globetrotter hockey – goes bye-bye… Hawks need a few guys with bite to take hits to fetch the puck… and get it to the skilled smurfs… I don’t think Schmaltz and D-Cat are going to be the guys to take/lay the body in PO game to get the puck in tight PO hitting games.

    72 is like Phoenix Suns Barkley/KJ days— lot’s of Fast break/Pace/easy baskets during season… But PO’s start- and it’s grinding/slow down- No more fast-breaks

  7. Here you go Rufus.
    1. Expose Hossa. Toss in whatever you need to make them take him…provided there is no recapture in such a scenario.

    2. Dump Anisimov. His health is always a concern and his numbers at the dot…suck

    3. See who takes Kruger. For anything.

    4. Not opposed to trading Seabrook…provided the return is satisfactory. But I don’t see it happening.

    5. Add a Thornton or Duchene.

    6. Number 4 may happen depending on how they feel about Snuggerud and Forsling. If they feel both can contribute at the NHL level either 7 or 4 could be gone.

    7. Fortin and Motte are probably on the roster. Debrincat needs to prove he can do it at the pro level. Plus his contract would slide next year as well.

    8-19-14
    72-Duchene-88
    Motte-67-38
    Fortin-48-40
    22

    2-4
    42-57
    6- Snuggerud
    32

    50, Glass

    cap hit 66.086. With that there’s really no need to dump 7. And still have room to add better players at forward than the internal options I used.

  8. Ernie- what I hear is… If Hoss is moved and then retires… it would be a big problem for Hawks/Cap wise… not sure- but if true… that make #1 tough to do.

  9. As incredible as Stan Bowman’s wizardry has been during his tenure, it’s becoming really lame now. Stan is to blame for the coming shoestring budget management for the coming years. He screwed the Hawks with an unfathomable bloated and lengthy Gift to Sleepwalker Brent Seabrook; a ridiculous “kneejerk” contract, rewarding Bryan Bickell for a laughably short stint as a Hawks Starman; trolling for bargain basement has-beens at the trade deadline which yielded only one Cup and just broke the bank the other years; and, of course, there are those insane No Movement Clauses that Bowman has handed out like caramel apples on Halloween night. Hossa. Towes. Seabrook. They may be part of the revered (ageing) core, and they may be the “face of the organization” but it’s time for a new, younger face. The Hawks have several promising youngsters but they need some serious cap space if they want to contend past the first round.

  10. Rufus and Wall, how about a “blockbuster” involving Seabs and either Panarin or Anisimov? Let’s see how talented Bowman is in making something like that happen. Seabrook’s NMC and age and $$$, and finding a suitable trade partner who would take Seab’s baggage along with a younger, more talented player, while returning solid value to the Hawks would show us what Bowman is made of. I’m going to enjoy my summer (to the extent the Cubs will let me), and just be glad that I’m not Stan Bowman. Ya know?

  11. Hossa isn’t going anywhere. He has a NMC in his contract. So does Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, Keith, Campbell, Anisimov, Crawford and of course Kane and Toews

  12. If there was the possibility that DeBrincat could be ready to step in this year, then moving Panarin for maybe a Hamonic or some impact player could make sense, but that remains to be seen if he’s ready for the NHL right away, seems a stretch. I believe Fortin should be given a chance to show what he can do with his seemingly needed faceoff skills plus what he showed last fall. Hossa would have to wave his nmc and recapture still not known for sure but could be an option but another will tell us that. Anisimov means alot for his lineand his not being healthy probably had alot to do with Kane and Panarins lack of production against the Preds.

  13. Wall, that would be the recapture. A recapture follows the Hawks if he’s traded. I haven’t heard if the recapture applies in expansion. If recapture still applies it’s a no go. As I said.

    Laurak- we’re all aware who has nmc and ntc’s. Players waive those pretty regularly. But obviously we’re under the assumption the players would waive those clauses as they can be asked to both for trades and expansion.

  14. Hamonic has withdrawn his trade request. I doubt he’s moved. I’m not advocating it. But then we’d have 2 hammers….or trade a hammer for a hammer if you move ours for theirs.

  15. We can complain all we want but this is how the NHL with it’s hard cap wants the league to work. Every good team will eventually face that the cap will drive them down. I think Bowman has done a credible job except for all the NBC clauses he has given. I also regret that because of some contracts in order to move a player you have include another asset like Tevo. Good luck to Stan this summer hopefully he can pull off some magic!

  16. As a correction I meant No Movement Clause (nmc) not National Broadcasting (nbc).

  17. I find it unlikely in the extreme that Bowman moves Panarin. Stans MO is to trade a player he doesn’t think he can afford BEFORE he extends him. Once he signs a guy he is loathe to move him. Panarin is probably the most attractive asset the Hawks have, but the only way he is moved is if the Hawks have no other way of getting under the cap.

  18. Should have said another month will tell us if Hossa is an option to be left unprotected. I didn’t mean it necessarily had to be Hamonic just an impact player but having 2 Hammers on the blueline wouldn’t be a bad thing to me and the Islanders probably will no doubt be making a move or two.

  19. If I had to bet on one of the core being moved this summer, my money would be on Hjalmarsson. Bowman might be savvy enough to pull a Leddy for Barker type deal with Hammer. Kane, Toews and Keith are going nowhere. Seabrooks contract likely makes him immovable. Hossa’s age and recoup penalty makes him unlikely to be moved. Anismov has a NMC (like all the rest I mentioned) and Bowman really likes him, tried to get him a few years before he got him in the Saad deal, so he isn’t going anywhere. As far as newly signed guys like Panik and Panarin, I think Panik stays based on Bowman’s comments about his chemistry with Toews and how that line is due for some continuity. Panarin won’t be moved unless Bowman absolutely can’t shed enough contracts to be cap compliant, a very last resort.

    Hammer has a vary reasonable cap hit for a playoff tested top four defense man with 3 rings who turns 30 in June. He has a limited NTC clause of 10 teams to which he agreed to be traded. I bet there is a team like Edmonton that would be willing to part with some of their young talent in order to take on a veteran blue liner for two years at a very affordable price. Their top 3 D men are really solid, put Hammer in there with his ability to play both sides and that is a very solid top 4. And I bet that Edmonton would be one of the teams on his list of 10. And if not, I bet it wouldn’t be hard to convince him to waive his NMC to be traded there anyway. Edmonton has cap space, is a team on the cusp of a deep playoff runs and has a lot of young players who could contribute on the Hawks now. If any team is ready to take on a 3 time cup winner to help guide that raw talent to the next level, it’s the Oilers. Oh, and Darnell Nurse would look much better in a Blackhawks sweater. (Pipe dream for sure, but hey…)

  20. Ian- Interesting comment about “if D-cat is ready… maybe moving Panarin is possible”.

    I watched a lot of Erie thumping Saint Johns yesterday… I thought D-Cat had a lot of Martin St. Louis and Panarin in him ( albeit versus CHL jrs)… But D-Cat thinks the game very well and understands/anticipates passing lanes very well… very patient in waiting for the Lanes to open with soft hands… nimble skater… but not as fast as St. Louis or Panarin.

    I found myself thinking- he Could Take Panarin’s spot and Play with Kane… Maybe???

  21. Sea Dogs finally decided to show up and play their game and destroyed Seattle 7-0. They have a shot at Windsor not sure if they can beat Erie though.

  22. Bowman’s going to have to check for change in the sofa cushions to wiggle out of our cap problems.

  23. You all know why they closed the Pollock library in Chicago, right? Someone stole the book.

  24. Snuggles and Goldenbladz are both dancing in a thong for gay pay at Roscoe’s on Halsted this weekend. Please bring single $$ bills for the tipping.

  25. All the cap talk is overrated. The Hawks had enough talent to win this year but the stars didn’t show up. The real question is whether Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook, Hossa, Hjalmarsson, Crawford and Panarin are still good enough to win a cup. Not one of those players even remotely had a good series against Nashville.

    None of playoff teams (even the Penguins) have more than 8 core players. All the playoffs have shown is that if your stars shine, you win. Otherwise you go home.

    Personally, I give them one more year and if they aren’t good enough, start the rebuild.

  26. Goldenbladz: the very same person who had a classless comment on the passing of Bill White.

    And—just gotta love all these amateur GM’s.

  27. Uh, RTF, Panarin had 7 points in 7 games last playoff season. Hardly irrelevant. It’s as if he’s solely to blame. Yes, he had 0 in the 4 games this postseason, but so did about 90% of the team. Maybe they should be traded too? Maybe Toews, since he scored his 1st postseason goal since vs Tampa?

  28. That wasn’t me Dave. If you haven’t realized yet there is a imposter trolling the site. It should be pretty obvious by the comments.

  29. They need to find guys that can win draws. That’s a top priority in my opinion. Really doesn’t make much of a difference who you stick between 88 & 72, as long as they can win draws. I’d deal Anisimov asap.

  30. Anisimov and KRUGER for EVANDER KANE or prospects.

    TRADE PANARIN for SAAD or JVR or SHENN.

    Ask BOWMAN why he signed TOOTOO, ROZY, KRUGER, KERO????
    No vision.

    Sign NEIMI as a back up.

    Keep KEITH, SEABROOK and HAMMER but add size and skill to complete D-core!!!

    Sign MONTOUR or FOWLER!!!

  31. Trade FONSIE for TooToo, Morin and a player and/or equipment to be named later. On second thought not fair to TooToo.

  32. Anyway u slice it and dice it, this current team is going no where quickly. We all know coach Q doesn’t like to coach youngsters or play them for that matter. He likes them ready made to play with little work.Remember Savvy had the young guns before Q did. And got them to commit to the Indian! We’re stuck with what we have so don’t get your hopes up to high for the next couple of seasons at least folks. And we need to stop recycling old players! They’ve served their purpose! I certainly hope I’m wrong but not optimistic at this point. Please prove me wrong Hawks!

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