Philip Holm Headed Back To Europe

On Sunday the Blackhawks placed defenseman Philip Holm on unconditional waivers with the intention of mutual contract termination. He is reportedly heading back to the KHL.

Holm, 28, was the leading defensive scorer for the Rockford IceHogs this season with four goals and 11 assists in 30 games.

He signed with the Hawks in August, one of a number of blue line additions that crowded the position in the organization even though the Blackhawks front office has heavily invested draft picks and trades on young blue liners in recent years. He is reportedly unhappy that he hasn’t received a call-up to the NHL yet.

12 thoughts on “Philip Holm Headed Back To Europe

  1. In the larger scheme of things, who cares, whoopee.

    If I were him, I would be upset too after seeing Gilbert up here and Koekoek as well. This guy wouldn’t be any worse than them.

    Who was that D man the Hawks had that is on Buffalo now….

  2. Thank God for Slater.

    Btw…if Perlini plays tonight how much on him scoring his first damn goal against the Hawks.

  3. If Gus were ahead of you in the food chain wouldnt you leave too?The Bowman Express rolls along!The next d man news will be that Ian Mitchell is not signing here.We are circling the bowl guys.Best NHL Draft for forwards in years and the Hawks are going to have to draft another defenseman this year.

  4. I miss Adrian Aucoin.

    I will never forget the time Savard benched him in the 2nd period for remainder of game in Detroit cuz he was playing like his usual lousy self.

    And he was the Captain!

    We are headed back to days like that unless Rocky unloads his GM and Coach.

  5. Watching Gilbert try to skate with the puck is agonizing. Why Holm or Karlsson were never called is why players do not want to sign here anymore. Holm is a steady dman with great puck skills. Saarela, after his brother who is a better player than Sikura was traded away, wil not sign with the HAWKS. (Kevin Hayes?) And Mitchell will end up in Toronto. Sorry, watching 88 skating with 22 and 95 is ridiculous. How are 22 & 95 going to make an impact against top teams?
    Don’t care if they beat Detroit tonight after being outplayed in ther 1st. Offensively, the roster is too thin which falls on the GM.
    Dach would have won Gold today with Team Canada and be a real impact player. Now, because we have no one that can play right wing with Strome and Dcat, he is stuck there filling in, floating around and dumping the puck in the corners.

  6. Seems like a lot of angst over a guy who wasn’t good enough to crack a NHL lineup. Un-drafted free agent who played one NHL game with Vancouver before coming to the Hawks last year?

    If Holm is the reason someone won’t sign with the Hawks, I bet the Hawks would be better off without that guy. Hayes had a chance to join a Hawks team that was poised to win another Cup and in the glory days of their Cup run. He had a chance to play with Hossa, Kane, Toews and Keith in their prime… It seems to me that his decision to not come to the Hawks says more about his character than the Hawks or Bowman’s.

    All this bloviating sounds like a bunch guys who simply don’t like Bowman and are looking for reasons (whether they make sense or not) to complain. Bowman has his faults, hell he has a lot of faults, but not giving Holm a chance in the NHL is not one of them.

  7. My issue isn’t Holm personally. It’s that Bowman continues to sign too many comparable guys and has, over recent years, not afforded kids the chance to matriculate to the NHL level because the team is paying vets to be in the way. It’s good to see them sticking with Boqvist & Dach this year but others like Dahlstrom and now Carlsson are stuck in Rockford because there are simply too many bodies on the NHL roster. Holm may have earned a shot if the team hadn’t brought back Koekkoek.

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