50 thoughts on “David Rundblad On Waivers

  1. Sorry my last comment really belongs here;

    Already rumblings on social media about Runblad, I’m never surprised on the level of “out of town stupid” even with today’s level of information. I’d be shocked if Runblad makes it thru waivers, but stranger things have happened.

    Runblad is one of SB biggest failings as a GM. He grossly over paid on a player that 2 organizations were quick to give up on. Now he skates out of town having done almost nothing in his time here 68 total games 3G 14A .

    His stats almost look as horrible as Bickells

  2. 17 points in 68 games for a D-Man skating limited minutes making about a million isn’t terrible. Offensively speaking he’ll put up points. Q doesn’t trust him and that’s why he doesn’t play.

    This move is interesting on a couple fronts. First being the obvious. Second is the timing. They have yet to put Kruger on LTIR. If Rundblad is claimed, its another 150k that can’t be used for LTIR benefit. Had they waited 2 days they could have maximized more LTIR. Then waived him and get more space.

  3. @ ERNIE

    I suppose a case can be made that 17 pts in 68 games isnt horrible and 1 million isnt a horrible contract but OMG if you actually watched his play at times yikes! My bigger issue was the over payment to bring him here and then basically realize he couldn’t play.

    *Also to be fair he did skate on Ottawa also so 3 organization gave up on him before SB traded a 2nd rounder for him.

    *Also STL traded him for what turned into Tarasenko so yeah good move on their part!

  4. Now Evander Kane is being investigated for an alleged incident…

    Bottom line -If your last name is “Kane” & you play professional hockey in the NHL…

    Stay out of Buffalo!!!

  5. SSHM and Ernie… Rbad’s 17 points in 68 games … compare that to Bickell’s pace of 8 points in 68 games (for this year) @ $4M/year… makes #5 look pretty great!!!

    But- 5 could not be trusted in D zone (and he is a D man)- so good bye

    5 signing is way behind – 29 contract, letting go of 67 in 2014 (could have let go Zus), and Sharp to Stars ( could have kept 27, but guessing- Sharp had something to say of where he landed and Stuck it to SB)

  6. Bowman and Quenneville know this current roster isn’t going to legitimately compete for a Cup. They dumped the train wreck that was Daley. They have waived Runblad. They have handed out hard earned jobs to Danault and now Gustaffson. The next move will be extreme creativity to add a desperately needed LW that can play in this patented system. Teuvo is most definitely on the trade block.

  7. @ Wall

    Bickell contract is a WHOLE other discussion for another day and also one of SB failings as a GM.

  8. SSHM, from a statistical point Rundblad actually isnt bad. Its the eye test in his own zone where he craps the bed.

  9. Glad to see some movement from SB. Gustafsson mixing in with Rozsival or Scuderi? Interesting to see how Q shuffles it. Whatever he does it’s better than Rundblad taking up space. The closer we get to the midway point, the more urgency we’ll see from the brain trust. Rundblad has skills, except when in his own zone, agree Ernie. They sure gave the kid a decent amount of time to prove himself. Too bad. Now we move on.

  10. I agree with Chelsea Dagger. The boys at the top know there cap stuff better than any. And I dont think they would overlook an opportunity to get a higher ceiling. Even if it is a 186k

  11. The Blackhawks #1 problem is lack of finishers at the forward position. TT is one of the few finishers on the team. He is not going anywhere. Good to see Gusty recalled. 32 and 47 need some nights off to remain fresh. Runblad will make it on some NHL team. He has skill and the day he wakes up he may become a serviceable 6th d-man.

  12. Just wondering here…..has SB truly failed with Bickell? From what I remember his market value at the time of the contract was quite high. I may be wrong (and I know you all will correct me if I am ?) but couldn’t he have gotten more with another team? Unless the opinion is that Bickell should have been traded or told to sign elsewhere, is it Stan’s failure? Didn’t work out so well, but it is more on the player than SB IMO.

  13. YAY!

    Hopefully he gets claimed so the Hawks get the whole $1.05M off the cap instead of $100K less if they have to bury him in Rockford.

  14. Bicks was offered 5 or 5.5 or something like that then. Think Bowman probably did less then 4 but he wouldn’t do less then 4, so it was 4. By the time 72/86 need higher caphits, 29’s 4.0 (and 47’s 2.2) will provide most of that.

    Bowman is making roster better by subtraction (nothing against 15/5, etc.) These guys are the extra FW/D. We need the cap space to bank. 52 can go to Rockford roster (after busy JAN sch.) and that gives us another 1m to use at deadline. I am sure Bowman has the ltir to as close to cap as possible when he does the ltir.

    Ernie, I think Bowmans doing another move with this but it might not ne until late JAN. Do you think this puts us at the 2.5m you mentioned, plus 5’s 1.050m and 53’s .563 (once 52 and 53 goes back to Rockford) would be 4.125m for deadline when those spots are filled with deadline additions. If we do get to use every bit of 16’s 1.5m, how much of the 2.5m number you came up with part of that.

  15. Is it better to bank cap space (if we under cap including 16’s 1.5) when we can before deadline. As long as Krugs going on ltir is 10 games/21 days it clears the rule, so we should bank space for deadline, then do ltir.

  16. The problem with delaying LTIR is that the Hawks are down a roster spot. The other problem is the Hawks could have gotten 1.25 roughly of the 1.5 cap hit to LTIR Kruger. That’s pretty close to maximizing the ceiling. Could have easily waited another game and then could have made rosters moves. Gained your 1.25 in LTIR on Kruger. Send all those players back down and leaving Kruger’s spot unfilled.

    Maybe they make another move and are able to get closer to the ceiling now prior to Kruger’s LTIR. Maybe at this point they don’t care about it that much. It just seems odd that this was the first move.

  17. @ BIG INDIAN

    The failure on SB was bringing Bickell back for the dollars and years of that contract. Most here on this site, experts and talking heads were under the impression that letting Bickell walk was probably a smart move based on other players that needed to be signed and were more important.

    Bickell had never done anything in his past to prove that his playoff success in 13 was anything more then a huge blip in the radar. So fast forward to today and you have a 3rd winger getting paid 4 million dollars per season and basically doing nothing.

  18. Tikhonov was snapped up before the ink was dry…anything yet? If not claimed I assume he goes to Rockford, which can’t be a bad thing can it? Pittsburg! …yes they need him.

  19. re: Bickell – we’ve talked about this at length over the last two years. When the Blackhawks re-signed 29, they didn’t have any size in the system to replace him and weren’t going to pay the market rate for a hack like Clarkson. So they overpaid to fill a need with a known commodity. He is who he is. Like other veterans, we’ve watched the organizational depth pass him by and make him an expensive piece they don’t want and/or need at this point… and can’t move – at least without including a top tier prospect or pick to make it worth the other team’s while.

  20. Lots of complaining about SB. You’re not gonna nail every move. He’s been right more than he’s been wrong. Hence the jewelry on his hand.

  21. “On Monday the Blackhawks placed David Rundblad on waivers.
    And the world rejoiced.” …… Too funny!

  22. Bowman was in the right place at the right time — he inherited into three Hall of Fame players for sure (Toews Kane Keith), likely a fourth (Hossa), possibly a fifth (Seabrook), a consistent scorer and leader (Sharp) a rock solid playoff goalie (Crawford), and a model of consistency in Hjalmmerson. He s had his hit and misses filling in the gaps otherwise. He s not terrible, and he s not the second coming of his father either for GM purposes.

    As for Mr. Rufus’ lay of the land, from now on just cut and paste and re-send/post. By the way Mr. Rufus, what is most likely to occur: A). Morin gets recalled. B). Dowell gets recalled. C). Hawks trade for Versteeg at deadline. D). Hawks trade for Saad at deadline. E). Teavo scores 20 goals this year for Hawks. Thanks.

  23. Teuvo is a pile of shit on the ice. Don’t believe me then feed his linemates Hossa and Toews truth serum. Teuvo gets a D minus through this stage of the season. His ass will be out of here soon enough.

    This team is no longer deep enough to simply flip on the proverbial switch when the time calls for it. We no longer have all the ponies to make that work. And we have gone from having great strength at LW and the puck movement / possession game to weakness in these two areas. This era of Hawks won because they took control of the speed of the game and frustrated the opponent by keeping the puck away from them. We can’t do that anymore to the degree we did. We lumber with the puck too many times. The fast break game is often gone.

  24. Anybody else wonder why Rufus comes here? He’s not trolling. But Jesus fucking Christ. Everything on how terrible Teravainen is no matter what the topic.

  25. TT has more talent than most for a 21 year old. He is paid little and needs to stay as a future star. Any trade talks are from a person who does not know talent.

  26. Mid-term grades, courtesy Rufus T. Firefly. Of note, not all players atee graded equally. A Kane for example is subject to much higher standards versus, say, a walking corpse in Bickell.

    Toews – B minus
    Teuvo – D minus
    Hossa – C
    Anisimov – B
    Panarin – B (was higher three weeks ago)
    Kane – A plus
    Rasmussen – Incomplete, but been decent
    Bickell – F
    Shaw – B
    Mashinter – C minus
    Danault – Incomplete, but looking good
    Des Jardins – C plus
    Garbutt – C
    Kruger – C, before he got hurt
    Keith – B
    Seabrook – A minus
    Hjalmarsson – B
    TVR – B
    Rosival – Incomplete, but so far okay
    Scudieri – Incomplete, but so far okay
    Runblad – D minus
    Daley – D minus, before trade
    Crawford – A minus
    Darling – C
    Coaching – B plus

  27. Talk about being full of yourself… Usually when you start speaking in the 3rd person its time to check your ego.

    I actually agree with most of those “grades”

  28. Amazing that some continue to play “woulda/shoulda/coulda” and can’t move off the Bickell contract. Time to move on with your life and deal with the hand we have. We have our share of challenges but our primary focus needs to be on getting to the playoffs where our goaltending, defensive structure and playoff experience at least give us a chance.

  29. Thanks to Southsidehawkman and Tab for insights on the prevailing thoughts on Bickell and the contract. I wasn’t posting here at that time, so those comments give me insight into the happenings then from this group’s perspective, which is what I was looking for. I realize the facts now are what they are – just looking for some info.

    Will be interesting to see what players from other teams will be available and at what price. Things worked out pretty well last year, even with Timo’s limited ability to contribute. Could we see Versteeg back? (Just kidding)

  30. Teravainen is guilty for the low prices of oil worldwide, so he’s at fault for the low value of the canadian dollar, hence he’s culprit for the low NHL cap space, which means he’s the reason the Blackhawks are hurt.

    Meanwhile -outside of lala land- he’s on pace for a 19 goals-19 assists.

  31. Gustafsson has what it takes to earn a spot on the 3rd D pairing.
    If he takes his chance and makes it so, it would be a coup for the Blackhawks.

    Having Gustafsson-Svedberg as possible 6th-7th Dmen, the emergence of Kero-Rasmusssen-Danault in the battle for the 4th C spot, the success of Panarin and the confirmation of van Riemsdyk-Teravainen.

    This was always an important season for the Blackhawks organization long term and is proving to indeed be a very positive one with all these youngsters being ready to roll. If you include Shaw and Kruger who surely will re-sing that makes it 10 players under the age of 26.

    PS: Grabbing Anisimov and extending him on the spot for $4.5M is just the cherry on top of the cake.

  32. Just read an article in from the Edmonton Journal essentially saying Rundblad may be better than Justin Schultz. They then asked the readers if they should place a claim. With some 1300 votes, 80% of the Edmonton fans want to claim Rundblad. Saying he is Hockey’s version of a gift horse. A right shot puck moving d-man.

    SSHM nailed it, “out of town stupid” But when free is free I’d be shocked if Rundblad is a Hawk right now. We just don’t know what sweater he wears yet.

  33. Professor (Distinguished) Rufus. Chairperson of Department of Repetitiveness.

    Mashinter earned a full grade higher than Teavo…

  34. re: grades – lovely. good to see my 7th grade math teacher didn’t have the most f***ed up grading scale on the planet. Thanks for making my youth less painful.

    re: Hawks making trades – if you’re going to get Byfuglien and/or Ladd out of Winnipeg, it’s going to take more than Bickell & Teuvo and, frankly, I don’t think either GM wants to help a division rival to the extent of that hypothetical trade.

    Is Rundblad better than Schultz? I don’t see it, but it’s amazing how quickly Edmonton has soured on that kid after stealing him from Anaheim as a college free agent. If Rundblad gets claimed, good riddance to him and his cap hit.

  35. RTF – stay away from Vegas as your penchant for always “doubling down” will leave you broke. There is no way TT is traded – He is in his first full season, on his way to a solid year (per DD on pace for 19 and 19) and he is on a very favorable contract. If you look at his draft year those numbers
    will put him near the top of his class. The Hawks have issues but he ain’t one of them. Good luck trying to erase your block of granite – sure must be getting messy with all the other historical predictions that haven’t quite panned out.

  36. I’m not even sure RTF is actually Rufus. I’m sure Tab knows by his IP address but their are a lot of people who Troll just to Troll.

    Some advice to all

    **Don’t feed the Trolls**

  37. Think its email that we type each time. Any way to get seniority on our own user names and have email locked into that.

    Would think Soupy is the only guy from the ’10 roster we might get.

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