Blackhawks Sign Matt Carey

The Blackhawks have signed college free agent center Matt Carey to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Carey, 22, scored 18 goals and posted 19 assists in 38 games with St. Lawrence University (ECAC). He is listed at 6-0 and 195 pounds, and previously played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and Hamilton Red Wings (OJHL).

According to College Hockey News, Carey’s entry-level contract will begin this season; he will effectively take Patrick Kane’s roster spot. He will reportedly join the Blackhawks as early as Friday, and could play this weekend.

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40 Responses to Blackhawks Sign Matt Carey

  1. JS says:

    Poor Jeremy Morin.

    I do not understand it.

  2. ebonyraptor says:

    Say what? Gee, I hope they didn’t gift him with a one-way deal ala LaBlah.

    The word dumbfounded comes to mind.

  3. Peter says:

    Will Morin ask out?

    I am kind of surprised that Stan got himself so close to the cap that he didn’t see two injuries might throw him into a mess.

  4. ebonyraptor says:

    I hope this doesn’t mean they know Johns or Hayes isn’t going to sign so they figured might as well use one of the 50 contracts on this guy.

  5. William Joseph Diedrich III says:

    What are the implications of this in re. TT?

  6. morrison says:

    Yea, ER that better not happen. With T and anyone else, if we ltir 88 they all can fit under the cap.

    I do not know what to say about 11.

  7. Sr. Brad says:

    WTF? Is it April Fool’s Day or something? This is beyond bizarre…I had someone close to the Hawks tell me that Bowman was a big fan of Morin…what a load of crap that is…this move screams that Bowman thinks as little of Morin as Q does…why didn’t the Hawks trade this kid at the deadline?

    Obviously Carey hasn’t played yet, but I was just told that he is NOT ready for anything close to the NHL…what a bizarre move?

    Wow…

  8. John Wangsauce says:

    I’ll be dumbfounded if Kane goes on ltir. They may think Kane is coming back sooner and don’t have that cap space for TT or Morin.

  9. the greek says:

    Who the hell is this kid, and more importantly, why in the world would he be brought in to play this weekend ahead of ANYONE from Rockford?!? Someone please explain this insanity to me. This is just like LeBlanc last time, and look at him now…I fully trust and believe in Stan, but I am not understanding this one…

  10. Morgzie says:

    Fascinating.

    Bummed about Morin, I’m so curious why he’s so out of favor to even get a shot to contribute. Is this Carey kid that much better? And wasn’t Ben Smith in a similar spot to Morin and look what’s happened with him as they gave him playing time. He’s a damn good player.

    Hopefully this won’t contribute to the ability to sign Johns or Hayes, but I’m feeling not so optimistic about those guys.

  11. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Morin has been up multiple times in two years and has never showed a lot. Might come as a shock to some but lighting it up in the AHL doesn’t correlate in and of itself as being NHL caliber.

    I assume this latest move is a cap management thing. What else could it be. Also, I am somewhat relieved TT isn’t going to be out there on what would be patently unfair terms for the team and the kid. He’s a very valuable asset and you don’t fuck with his development or psyche.

  12. Nick says:

    I’m surprised that no one in Rockford got a call. At least we get the good college free agents, like Leblanc and this dude

  13. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Seriously WTF! No TT, no Morin but this guy? Seriously??

  14. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    It’s got to be a money thing. And it’s got to be a belief among Bowman and Q that Morin is useless at this level and that throwing Teuvo into the mix is ill advised. It also might mean that Q is comfortable in what he sees in Regin and that Saad will be back soon.

  15. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Let me guess Sr Brad, this Hawk insider you keep subliminally alluding to of recent is the dude who pilots the mini blimp at the Rockford Icehog Arena.

  16. Nick says:

    Looked at his bio. That guy is an old Freshman at 22!

  17. Tab Bamford says:

    TSN’s Bob McKenzie reporting Teravainen will be introduced in Chicago on Friday!

  18. wall says:

    I don’t know much about this kid… what I have read- is that he plays/functions at a very good speed and has very heavy shot while on the move… So he seems to fit the style that the Hawks want… Which is just the opposite of Drew Le-Blah… Leblah is great in the O zone… but can’t skate/play in the other two zones!!!

    Agree w Rufus- gotta be $$$/cap related?

  19. Sr. Brad says:

    Rufus, you have been wrong about EVERY kid from Rockford, and you are dead wrong on Morin…plus Morin PLAYED WELL in his time here…it makes no sense…and if they didn’t value him, then why didn’t they trade him at the deadline…he was a very hot commodity…

    As for the “source” Rufus, I mentioned this last year, it is a Chicago-land reporter…who doesn’t really “know” anything about the Hawks for sure…this is simply something this person “believes” based on what Bowman has said…but I’m not buying it anymore…

    Tab, good news about TT tomorrow!!! But if its a money thing and Kane is going on LTIR at this point, then they can afford Morin as well…and if they are not putting Kane on LTIR, then they can’t afford Carey or TT???

  20. Ernie says:

    Another center. Been loading up on centers and d-men for the last few years. Look at Rockfords roster, they have 8 centers and 6 left wingers and zero right wingers. Time to even out the depth chart a bit.

  21. Ernie says:

    Since we’re talking about signings…did the Hawks sign Fournier? Went on to cap geek and it showed a hit starting in 14/15

  22. Sr. Brad says:

    This is from Carey’s coach at St. Lawrence…yeah, rufus, a much better choice than Morin…

    “The thing is I thought he needed to stay to get stronger physically. He needs to be able to win 50/50 pucks and be able to win those battles, defensive zone play, playing without the puck, faceoffs. He’s a true offensive player. It’s the other side of the game he needs to truly work on.”

  23. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Frankly I’m sick and tired of the usual suspects questioning and ripping the shit out of one of the best and most visionary GMs in the game who also has legendary bloodlines and a 700 win 2 time Cup champion coach.

    Your scouting assessment of Pirri and Morin doesn’t amount to diddly squat. Your rants have gotten to a bizarre enough level that I actually think you believe this is a direct case of evil sabotage and that Bowman and Q are spies for a master organization intent to destroy the Hawks. Come up for air fellas. You’ve gone batshit goofy.

  24. MS says:

    Ernie, the Hawks did sign Fournier last week. Clearly Carey can’t have any chance of playing with the Hawks this year. I believe that prospects who sign after the trade deadline are not eligible to play in the AHL so perhaps they put him on the roster so he can practice with the team since he can’t go to Rockford this year – someone please confirm my understanding or correct me. Also can someone comment on how we sign Hayes and Johns within the confines of the 50 contract limit?

  25. JS says:

    So… just spitballing.

    This guy can’t play in the playoffs, probably won’t play in an actual NHL game unless it’s one of those after their seeding is clinched and they skate all the Hogs.

    Wouldn’t you want someone that could possibly help in the playoffs in a pinch to practice with your team? Let’s say a Bollig or a Smith get hurt… wouldn’t it be nice to be able to fill them in with a Morin or Nordstrom? It makes NO SENSE to do this to Morin and I don’t get it.

    I know the Hawks are a great organization and all… but if you were a prospect wouldn’t you look at guys like Pirri and Morin getting dicked around and be cautious?

  26. JS says:

    And saying Q trusts Regin is laughable. He started Brookbank at wing and then benched him during the middle of the Philly game.

  27. Tab Bamford says:

    re: “I know the Hawks are a great organization and all… but if you were a prospect wouldn’t you look at guys like Pirri and Morin getting dicked around and be cautious?”

    2 rings in 4 seasons.

  28. JS says:

    Do players in the AHL get rings for the NHL affiliate winning a Cup?

    I suppose as an athlete you should have it in your head that you are better than them and you will make it to the Show.

    Rings are great and all, but I guarantee you a 22 year old Jeremy Morin would much rather be cashing his $725k NHL game check than his $67.5k AHL one.

  29. Ernie says:

    By my count the Hawks have 48 SPC’s. Excluding Carey and TT. Perhaps that’s the hang up with Teravainen. Not wanting to burn a year, and not wanting to add to the 50 SPC list, yet still have him over here to skate and get a feel with the big boys, in which case he wouldn’t be in Rockford either.

    Carrey’s deal is for 2 years, but I think the first year is this year. Much like LeBlanc. I believe LeBlanc signed a one year deal, giving the Hawks exclusive rights. Then signed him to a 2 year deal. Nevertheless, still don’t quite get the logic.

    I think the Hawks are thinking is they’re able to put someone on waivers and have them claimed so they can sign both Johns, and Hayes. But, I think that means no TT in any games. My head hurts, and Fournier signed a contract Monday the 17th, solid player but health seems to be an issue.

  30. Dickie Dunn says:

    Rufus, “…lighting it up in the AHL doesn’t correlate in and of itself as being NHL caliber.”, and “…relieved TT isn’t going to be out there on what would be patently unfair terms for the team and the kid. He’s a very valuable asset and you don’t fuck with his development or psyche.” — I absolutely agree (for whatever that’s worth?). I’ve also suggested that AHL success often cannot be achieved at the next level – it depends on several factors, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

    Unrelated – I wish Hayes, Olsen, and Pirri success, but I believe that they would never have played in Chicago. (In my opinion, none of them skate well/fast enough…)

  31. morrison says:

    Even though some things do not make sense, Bowman and crew know what there doing. There is a reason and after more moves are made they will tell us and then it will make sense. I do think this is a money thing with the cap and ltir. I think its better to be right at/on the cap when you put someone on litr to get the most out of the ltir. The only thing is with 88 6.3 we could have half of ahl on the roster.

    Whatever. T is here.

  32. morrison says:

    What number do you think T will wear 86 or 39.

  33. TaffyAbel2 says:

    Stan and Co have been questioned time and time again.Including myself.pissed away Pirri and pissed away that 2nd round pick on dumb and dumber to PHX.Well ok then.Questioning them anymore should be punishable with mandatory Buffalo Sabres season tickets.
    Who thinks TT is ready? He needs to gain some XP as well as some weight.Hed get creamed off the puck.”2 rings in 4 seasons” c’mon Tab quit acting like a bandwagon jumper.Its a new season and about to be the playoffs.I think we would like to discuss a possibility of 3 in 5.That being said,great articles as always.Your Cockyness is still old and you acting like your on the 3rd line wing or something is quite sad.But your Posts are Gold Man

  34. Tab Bamford says:

    TaffyAbel2 – I was very simply responding to the question that was asked about why a prospect would want to be part of the Blackhawks’ organization. It’s a pretty simple reality: kids want to align themselves with winners. You don’t see top college free agents taking deals from the Oilers or Flames, do you?

    Carey’s brother Greg signed w/ Phoenix, and the Coyotes were reportedly in the mix for Matt as well along with the Wild, Oilers and Hawks. He probably would have had a better shot at making an NHL roster in any of those other places… the same was true for LeBlanc last year. Is it cockiness on my part or the reality that the Hawks can call their own shots now because they’re on top?

  35. Mike says:

    Wow, everyone needs to calm down a bit……..
    The AHL IS the best training ground for the NHL and is the most successful farm system in sports. More NHL players come up through the system (AHL, ECHL, OHL etc) or through college than any sport.

    Does AHL success mean NHL success, in most cases YES. Obviously not everyone but the answer is yes. Pirri and Hayes will be 2 recent examples from our recent past. Only superstars can bypass the system. This discussion gives me the occasion to pull out the Norfolk paper from 6/10/2010. Here are some Norfolk players who won the cup in 2010
    Bolland 66 games in Norfolk
    Brower 65
    Burish 64
    Byfuglin 116
    Fraser 145
    Hendry 93
    Kieth 154 games in Norfolk that is over 2 full years
    Seabrook 36
    Versteeg 47

    Superstars, maybe not, but this is 9 of the 18 skaters who were good enough to win the Cup in 2010…..and all but one are still in the NHL. The bottom line is that a guy like Morin, Pirri, Hayes etc may not find success in Chicago but will be NHL players somewhere for years.

  36. JS says:

    Didn’t Justin Schultz chose the Oilers? Wasn’t he a top college free agent?

  37. wall says:

    Dickie D- agree about Hayes,Pirri, Olsen

    Rufus- I do think Morin can play/Make Hawks… better skater than 37, and Stronger than 37… Once again, I was at a few Hawk’s Camps before Morin got horrible concussion… Morin was the last guy (prospect) in Hawks camp… so I do think Q/SB like the kid… after he got creamed… they are just giving him as much time as needed to be fully healed/developed, and more importantly Fully AWARE of the speed/edge played around him. Lastly- I still think the kid would be better skating on a more “Offensive” line (JS- did u notice I didn’t use the term “top 6″-just for u)… and w/ recent slotting of 10 on “3rd” line- Mo should do well on any of the 1st three lines.

  38. goldenbladz says:

    I agree with Rufus that Pirri, Hayes, Olsen, (not sure about Morin) have no future with Chicago as they just don’t skate well enough and are one dimensional.
    I’m not sure what to think of this signing, there must be a reason but it better not include the non signing of K. Hayes or Johns. I also believe they should be a little more patient with TT. I also wish someone with speed from Rockford could replace Handzus.

  39. hawkey says:

    My question is about the 50 contract limit. Where are we at on this and does Carey signing have implications for Johns/KHayes?

  40. morrison says:

    Even if the 50 man roster doesn’t have open spots for Hayes & Johns right now. They will make spots open when they are going to sign these guys. That would not be a reason…

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