Dominik Kahun Got Paid

To begin the season, Kahun will carry a $925,000 cap hit but his $2.85M in performance bonuses could make for uneasy times in the coming two summers. Clearly the Blackhawks are high on his ability – and likelihood of making the NHL roster immediately. Kahun’s ELC also includes a European Assignment Clause, meaning he can opt to go back to Europe if the Hawks send him to Rockford.

Capfriendly also confirmed on Tuesday morning that the Blackhawks incurred the second-highest overage in the NHL last season, carrying $1,232,500 over to the 2018-19 season.

With the four players the Hawks signed on Monday and the money reportedly given to Kahun, there’s little question the Hawks are open for business this summer. Vinnie Hinostroza, John Hayden, Anthony Duclair, Tomas Jurco and Adam Clendening are all still pending restricted free agents.

55 thoughts on “Dominik Kahun Got Paid

  1. There is absolutely nothing wrong w/ this. Let’s hope he maximizes his earnings and turns into the German version of Panarin. I don’t think this guy is anywhere near Panarin’s level, but if he comes close, great for him and great for the Hawks. It’s a win-win.

    $1.2M overage from last year? Not a good bang for the buck. I’m still shaking my head re: the contract Rutta received for over $2M+ this upcoming season….

  2. Hayden is still under contract….and yes the Hawks need his size big time….but he needs to be able to show some semblance of production or an offensive game, otherwise he is just a smarter, faster version of Bollig. And the results so far in the AHL playoffs have not been stellar for him offensively…..9 Games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 2 points, 2 PIM. Heck, Andreas Martinsen who we saw at the end of the year with the Hawks has a line of 9 GP, 2 G, 3A, 5 Pts. 18 PIMs.

    Rule of thumb…..if you can’t score in the AHL, odds are you can’t score in the NHL either.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Hayden a lot and I hope he succeeds big time. I would love to have a top 9 wing with his size and mobility who can chip in offensively and protect his teammates. The Hawks need him to be that guy. But to get the chance of ice time in the top 9 in Chicago he is going to have to show them something first.

  3. @Iceman: Rutta overpaid by $750 – 1 mil. Gus got twice what he should have (and for 2 years) when he really, like Oesterle, isn’t even an NHL player. From what I have seen Kahun is a perimeter player if he ever makes it and yet he maxes out on the ELC. Hillman gets a year knocked off his ELC.

    Stan seems determined to play Santa and Rocky seems oblivious. Maybe some of it works out, but I just don’t get a good feeling about a lot these moves and question the unwarranted generosity in a league where cap dollars matter.

  4. Hereismike – Hayden is still under CONTROL – NOT contract. He’s RFA this summer. Martinsen is UFA, so he isn’t under control or contract right now.

  5. Thanks for the contract clarifications, Tab. I did not realize Hayden is RFA and Martinsen UFA after this year.

    I have no reason to think they won’t sign Hayden, you don’t let an asset like that walk for nothing. I won’t shed any tears if they don’t sign Martinsen but he might be looked upon as Hayden insurance if he needs to go to Rockford again next year. Past history is they seem to need to employ someone with that role for the bulk of the season.

  6. With the max bonus for Kahun at 2.85m and the bonuses for Schmaltz, Sikura and Debrincat already total 1.98m, so that could be 4.8m in performance bonuses on the table next year.
    Ejdsell has a European clause attached to his contract too, although it may be a league transfer variety. Carlsson and Lankinen don’t appear to have any European clauses, so they likely be in Rockford or Indy.

  7. Tab-

    Your title should say– “Kahun -Might get Paid”… pending Performance bonuses

    Most Hawks – will “get paid”… regardless of Performances

  8. By the way, to all: What ever happened to Mr. Rufus? Does he post under an alias? Or did he simply retire?

  9. Hayden is a winner and a good dude. I think he wants to be part of the resurgence of young fast wave of player we have coming. He one of them that will bring it and with a bang.

  10. Whoa! when I see numbers like this I like to do some digging. These numbers tell me that the Hawks are expecting something from this kid; so…

    His success came as little surprise to German fans, as Kahun was having the best season in the DEL, the top German league, of any of his national team compatriots. Playing for EHC Munchen alongside veteran American Keith Aucoin, Kahun is 15th in points, 7th in assists, and tied for 16th in plus/minus in the DEL so far in 2017-18. His 40 points in 41 games is tied for the fourth-best clip of any player with 40+ games on the year and is already a big step up from his 32- and 30-point totals from the past two seasons. Nearly every player close to Kahun in terms of DEL production this year is on the wrong side of 30, while the young left winger has only just begun to tap into his potential.

    Kahun is not guaranteed to find immediate success in the NHL. It will take time for him to adjust to the speed and especially the physicality of the league and even the smaller ice surface. Playing on IIHF ice against non-NHLers at the Olympics was not a true indication of how he would play at the next level. However, Kahun is young enough and clearly talented enough to develop into a strong player down the road. He already possesses the all-important understanding of a complete, two-way game and is a strong enough skater to play at both ends of the ice. He also comes equipped with good stick-handling skills and offensive instincts. The right team willing to work on his development and give him chances to succeed could have a gem in Kahun.

    https://www.prohockeyrumors.com/2018/03/german-star-dominik-kahun-eyeing-jump-to-nhl.html

  11. Does anyone know what Kahun needs to accomplish to earn some/all of the Performance Bonuses?

  12. Im fine with the Kahun contract too.

    Watching Memorial Cup round robin and will be attending finals in Regina. Hoping to see Noah Dobson up close at game. Ive been praising a couple other dmen for this years draft but manoman…this kid is really good from what ive seen so far. I believe hes ranked 9th in the hockey news but i think he can play nhl next year.

  13. Hopefully Kahun has untapped potential that will soon be tapped because from what I can tell is not a blue chip prospect – not even close. He just played for his native Germany in the IIHF World Championship games and he wasn’t even close to being the 2nd best player on the team (Draisaitl was the best player on Germany). He ended up with 3 points in 8 games – hardly eye opening. Seems like his ceiling is “serviceable player” similar to Kampf.

  14. EB Germany didn’t have a very strong team at the worlds but Kahun did show some skill. He started at center first game or 2 and then was switched to the wing alongside Draisatil, where i thought he played better.

  15. It would make sense if the PB’s are similar to what Panarin’s were and if he hits those no one will be complaining about his play

    So we’ll see – the interesting thing is that the Hawks feel he’s NHL ready or close to – hope they’re right – I’ll believe when I see it but fingers crossed

  16. OMG, once again Santa Bowman has failed accounting class and given everyone bonuses. A DEL, player not a KHL player, a little 5’8″ forward not a 6’1″ forward, a player who couldn’t cause a dent in the CHL. Once again, Mark Kelley, Pierre “old wood” Gauthier and Stan Bowman have no idea how to build a club. Giving these bonuses to Kahun means we will have a bunch of undersized forwards at camp. Unless your name is Parick Kane and have been drafted 1st overall, why would you guarantee this German player a bus ride let alone a roster spot. We have smallish forwards like Vinny, Sikura, Anthony Louis, Pelletier, and DeBrincat who disappeared once again when USA played a real team like Sweden and not LATVIA….Do we need KAHUN? I can’t imagine what we will draft this year but probably a small sized dman!!!
    I guess watching players from CAPS, JETS, and GOLDEN KNIGHTS not part of Stan’s DNA. Sorry, but this guy is pathetic and has not learned from his past mistakes. Arrogance or stupidity?

  17. Sorry, was he playing centre or wing on those 3 cups? Funny stuff is small german forward , not from Germany’s soccer national team but hockey team called Kahun. Funnier is Osterle, Bouma, Franson, Rutta, Clendening, Jeremy Morin, Pokka, Graham Knott, Matt Iacopelli. The funnist one is the Belguim goalie? Not the soccer goalie but yeah, the hoc key goalie. Hey, maybe scouting soc cer might be a better sport!

    Go Hawks!!! Now for real talent talk,….Thx Hossa for all your greatness and KANE for continuing to wear the Hawks with pride! MVP, congrats.

  18. Makita — calm down please. Everything will be ok. Marchessault is a tiny guy as well. The guy is a force, he plays w/ an edge, that is what is most important. The league evolves. You can’t slot in forwards based solely on size. Playmaking and skating are more important attributes. The Capitals’ forwards are not huge as a group, Ovechkin is arguably their most rugged forward.

    Look at Winnipeg, they have only one true rugged player — Byfuglien — and he was spent as the last series wore on.

  19. @ LOGI

    Wait a second, I’m sorry but I refuse to buy into the Stan Bowman won 3 cups so he is infallible narrative. Stan was an extremely successful GM but let’s call a spade a spade. He had good front office support and a roster & org that was flush with prospects. Not to mention a father(greatest hockey mind) that was still involved with the club. He was put into a position to be successful. Ever since the Hawks hoisted the cup at the UC in 2015 he has largely made missteps with the exception of taking a flyer on a kid from Russia.

  20. @ ICEMAN

    “Look at Winnipeg, they have only one true rugged player — Byfuglien — and he was spent as the last series wore on.”

    Ovie is more rugged then Tom Wilson or Orpik? Cmon! I am not sure how you define rugged but the Jets only have 3 players below 6ft on their roster and 13 guys 6’3 or bigger. They are a large skilled team but look no further than Marc Andre Fleury who is sporting an insane .947 SA%. Flower is putting up record-breaking numbers and if the Vegas run continues will no doubt capture the Conn Symthe.

    He is poised to post the best SA% since Tim Thomas .940 carried a bum Bruins team to a Stanley Cup in 2011

  21. Iceman, good post. Certain thing are more important then size and skill. We need to get the type we need (that we donot have enough of right now) to fill roster again. Then were there.

  22. Stop insulting one of our greatest players by using his name – and misspelling it – to post your redundant drivel. How many times must we collectively yawn before you realize how fucking boring you are?

  23. Alot of the teams that played the heavy, physical style hockey are now opting for smaller, faster players. You keep hearing how defense is more speed and positioning, with good stick work. Laying the big hit is less of an asset in todays league. Thats not to say size with speed isn’t an asset, just that alot of teams don’t rely on the heavy physical play that used to be the norm.

  24. To be fair WSH is a bigger more physically aggressive team than the Hawks by a considerable margin – the Hawks could use some of that for sure but none of the Hawks teams in the Q era have played a particularly physical game and they have 3 cups

    The Hawks pioneered the new NHL with speed and skill and enough size and physicality to not be intimidated – those cup winners could win vs. any style (ask ANA or PHI) – the current Hawks not so much

    So yes size and physicality play a role (and no doubt the Hawks need some more of it) but a cup winning team is much more than that

    VGK don’t scare you with their physical play – they have taken the Hawks speed game to the next level – you can’t hit what you can’t catch – and VGK has done it without (Fleury excepted) any established star players

  25. Well put Wraparound.

    The Hawks were ahead of the curve with the puck possession / speed game. They still have many of the stars of those teams but not nearly the supporting cast. Plus with the exception of Crow and Kane, those stars are not now what they used to be.

  26. Ian, I hope he proves me wrong but from the small sample size I have he seems more like a bottom-6 guy and we already have an abundance of those.

    Switching gears – I know I’m not the only one who finds the Stan Bowman “debate” very tedious. It would be bad enough if it were new posters covering the same old Stan Bowman stuff, but too often it’s the same cast of characters posting the same stuff over and over again. It would be almost worth it to get a new GM just so we wouldn’t be subjected to more Stan Bowman lamentations. Jeez-a-lou!

  27. I’d be curious as to what do we think would be the ideal roster. What do we need to do/get to be fast young enough size and most skill. Who should we keep and who should we add, trade for and get for free from ufa (and not just this summer, say two summers).

  28. On Hayden: After going to the series clinching game against the Wolves I wasn’t particularly impressed with Hayden’s speed or skating. I’m also not a hockey scout so maybe I’m totally wrong but Id be surprised if Hayden ever plays a role as a top 9 forward on any NHL team. If there is any hope for a big bodied forward currently playing for the hogs making an impact on the Hawks next year I’d say that player is Edsjell but again I have no idea. I’m just hoping the Hawks shore up their depth in the off season.

  29. @Wraparound: great thoughts re: VGK, but I’d argue James Neal should be mentioned alongside Fleury.
    @Morrison
    #1. Get Crow a serviceable back up
    #2. See #1
    #3. A solid Blue line addition, not just a rental.
    (Its a pipe dream…I know…)

  30. The podcast southman posted has SAN and CHI as being big ufa add.

    Talked about 2019 ufa s being traded this summer if not resigned 7/1. There’s a lot more good players that summer (if not resigned traded this draft/summer).

    It feels like we’re going to add big time and still keep picks to load up through draft.

  31. If the Hawks do not have two solid, capable goalies next season (for the entire season), all of our banter about size v. skill v. speed and the gazillion D-men to choose from won’t mean diddly squat. It is all contingent on the net.

  32. We wont really know about Crow until hes playing and theres normal contact during practice/games. Have to believe everything is going to be fine (unless we add 2 NHL goalies at draft/summer).

    Trading 81 and 15 caphit is 91 caphit. We add a top Defenseman wouldn’t be as much as that.

    Since trading 65, trades and deadline guys we have really good return. Seems like we were going for this to be ready for this draft/summer/19summer.

    This feels like the summer of 11 or 12. We have bad yr, ups and downs. Now ups are coming.

  33. Agree on Hayden’s skating. Choppy stride and very upright, which I think slows him down and restricts the leverage he would get if he lowered his center of gravity. It’s just an observation and I’m no skating coach so not sure how you address it, but he has a nose for the net and underrated hands (IMO), so if he could improve his skating he might actually be a top 9 player.

  34. Wow. TB. Did not show up to play game 1 or 2. Then again for last two games (after winning 3,4,5 convincingly). Embarrassing and Pathetic. (seems worse then us last yr)

    The two best teams NAS and TB did not win, 3rd best team WIN weared itself out to beat NAS. Now really any team could win.

    Washington winning the Cup would be good for sport, they payed their dues by being a good team over the last 8 yrs. Washington outplayed PIT by so much last yr, that was a disgrace they wernt there. Now they beat PIT and put them to bed for good. They deserved to be their last yr, when they had a stacked roster.

    Cant have it all. Most important NAS, TB and PIT do not win.
    That WIN, SJ or WAS win is good for sport.
    This yr the winning team deserved it.
    Good yr.

  35. Congrats to the Caps. What a great road game 7. Tampa was limited to 7 shots in the 3rd period and zero shots the last 13 mins that is a pathetic showing. You have to wonder where the Bolts go from here. Kuch 3 shots, Stammer 2,…very poor showing indeed. I really felt like those 2 would have shown up after not showing up in game 6 on the road. Very impressive for the Caps. Amazing dynamic a team a team making the final in yr 1 vs a team that hasn’t made the final in 20 seasons. one franchise will get their 1st cup in a few days! Gota love hockey!

  36. Good luck Caps i hope you sweep those n.h.l darlings ,Betttmans boys , the JOkE of all professional sports Vegas Knights !,.,.,You for real ???No other expansion team in pro sport HIStoRy was given access to so many great players and or options ,.,.being trades or draft picks ,.,.,Sports bullshit at it`s max . Like the Yotes ,Buffalo ,shit the Habs and Hawks for that matter stand a chance in the next 5 years .

  37. I wonder now when the NHL courts an owner for a struggling franchise, if this comes back to bite them. I wonder if there may be alot of owners wanting the same type of sweetheart deal to make franchises struggling, help them with marketing their teams too.

  38. I think they had access to an unusually high number of good, motivated players who came together under a really good coach and a motivated market. (In their wildest dreams if they were honest both Gallant and McPhee figured a team that could possibly compete for a spot in the playoffs-no more than that) Something happened that they couldn’t have predicted–

    Again the sum was/is WAY greater than the parts-the why is interesting? Did they get too much? Yes but I think they didn’t do this with great talent—-good overall speed, relentless desire and a great system and a huge amount of confidence in their goalie.
    What can the Hawks and other teams take from this?

  39. @Stefanie

    I realized I forgot Neal after I posted – good catch

    Crow definitely needs a quality back up

    I happen to think the Hawks will make a quality addition to the blue line (maybe more than one) – I’m thinking that pipe dream comes true

  40. Noonan as mentioned in other posts how you do in 2nd and 3rd round picks can make or break you. For Vegas the guesswork was taking out of that as they were able to pick ones who already showed they were high calibur NHL players. I have congratulated them on their success but to me this was mostly marketing and not true sportsmanship.

  41. Very true on Brouwer but he had a 40 goal season in the AHL I believe, while Hayden has not shown that propensity to be able to score in the AHL yet. I sure hope he figures it out because the kid has a great attitude and can certainly handle himself and lay the body.

  42. during the game last night eddie o and doc were talking about kempney. and how he has helped the caps after losing shattenkirk et el , i guess the guys on this site who complained about q sitting kepney because he didnt like him, were right. hes good enough for the caps but not the hawks wtf

  43. Yea, Brow did just fine and made the roster full of quality players. Didn’t have to be top 9. Brow was like 82, quality deep. Hayden can be just like that.

  44. Brouwer a perfect example of the kind of player Hayden can be, think he will be a fine NHL player and could play a big part with the Blackhawks next year.

  45. @tab,
    Heard the other day from a source near the front office that they like Hayden, and have big plans for him. It was mentioned specifically that Stan & co. view him as a guy that could wear a letter in a few seasons as this young wave comes up. You heard anything like that?

  46. If you’re not good enough to dress every game, let alone stay in the league all year, you’re not going to wear a letter.

    I think we all have high hopes for Hayden, heck I love the kid’s game, but again Brouwer scored 40 GOALS in the AHL in one season. He had over 20 PPGs two years in a row. Hayden doesn’t have that many in his career since he left college. Their numbers are below.

    Obviously Hayden is just getting started, but he is not the AHL player Brouwer was and has quite a bit of developing to do in his offensive game to get there. Hopefully he can develop similarly.

    Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG
    2008-09 Rockford 5 2 6 8 4 20 1
    2007-08 Rockford 75 35 19 54 -8 154 25
    2006-07 Norfolk 66 41 38 79 15 70 20

    Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG
    2017-18 Rockford 24 5 12 17 0 7 2

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