Report: Hawks To Sign Dennis Rasmussen

Reports out of Europe are that the Chicago Blackhawks will sign forward Dennis Rasmussen to a one-year deal.

Rasmussen is described by EliteProspects.com as “[a] big and strong player. Reads the game well. Good defensively. Somewhat limited offensively, but valuable as a role player. Drives the net, strong along the boards and in front of the crease. Has good hands and a good release. Good penalty killer.”

Listed at 6-3 and 205 pounds, Rasmussen will turn 24 in early July. Last season with Växjö Lakers  of the SHL, Rasmussen scored 16 goals with 24 assists in 52 games. In May, it was reported by the same outlet that Philadelphia and Vancouver were interested in Rasmussen.

The Blackhawks posted the news on Tuesday.

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40 Responses to Report: Hawks To Sign Dennis Rasmussen

  1. EbonyRaptor says:

    6’3″ / 205lbs – well at least he’s not another Euro midget.

  2. wall says:

    10th leading scorer in SHL… Big, young… Anyone got anything on him???

    I like it-

    Seems like one of those “role” guys w some size… and most Swedes can skate

    put him w 16/12 or 42- for a Euro line

  3. Ernie says:

    Have no idea who this dude is but I already like him more than Bollig.

    Also, being 10th in SHL scoring, doesn’t scream limited offensively.

  4. Dave says:

    Ernie—it said somewhat limited.

  5. wilmer girard says:

    Rasmussen very good player we found the 2 th line player now.

    good job hawks

    go chicago go

  6. wall says:

    Speed looked above average on big ice – in limited Youtube clips…

    played Center on top line after 2 years of LW mostly…

    good on PK…

    Seems like a great fit- especially if they can sign him cheap… like Raffl from Flyers

  7. Sr. Brad says:

    I don’t know a thing about him, but I was told this morning that he has good wheels, especially for a big man…on the surface, this is exactly the kind of player we need to be adding to our roster.

  8. Mike says:

    With a contract, would he be part of the 50 contract limit??

  9. Peter says:

    Yes, the Hawks could use a player with a little size who has some wheels. I have no idea who Rasmussen is, but imagine if he is similar to Handzus in 5 on 5 play except that he is faster and won’t get knocked off the puck or fall down every time attempting to hit someone.

  10. Tab Bamford says:

    “this is exactly the kind of player we need to be adding to our roster.”

    “do your job Stan”

    Another strong 24 hours in the best of Sr. Brad

  11. Tab Bamford says:

    “With a contract, would he be part of the 50 contract limit??”

    If the limit is on the number of contracts…….. and this guy has a contract……..

  12. Tab Bamford says:

    Dennis Rasmussen highlight:

  13. Ernie says:

    Tab, Perhaps he was thinking it was a contract like Teravainen or Hartman’s, where as long as they play in Junior or in Europe they are exempt from the 50 spc list. This is a different case as he has signed as a free agent, which means he’s coming to North America and will count against the 50 spc cap.

    Kinda thought it was odd the first time I read it, but after thought I think its a more legitimate question than it seemed.

  14. Sr. Brad says:

    You are such a joke Tab…whenever you are “challenged” on a thought or idea, like a child you lash out…except most of the regular contributors here aren’t children, and in many cases successful, retired hockey fans…we don’t appreciate or need your childish jabs.

    As for Bowman and the 2 comments, you have once again taken them out of context. I am a big Bowman fan and have made that abundantly clear…I described Bowmans’s performance last season as an anomaly because he tried to repeat and gave the coach what HE wanted, not what Bowman knew was best for his team. “Do your job” is a remark to Bowman to take back the control of the roster and limit the coaches line up decisions by doing so. Overall, Stan has done a great job building the Hawks organization…now he just needs to TRUST in it…and you need to remember that you are supposed to be an unbiased moderator of a blog site, not a child shooting down erudite comments because you dislike the person.

  15. Mike says:

    Sorry Tab, clumsy way of asking if the player was coming stateside immediately.

  16. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Just to clarify if the contract is a one way deal does that mean he will be on the NHL roster this season? Or can he automatically be assigned to the AHL?

  17. Tab Bamford says:

    I love how directly quoting Brad’s last 2 posts – neither of which challenged anything I’ve said – makes me immature… kudos.

  18. Peter says:

    SSHM, the tweet above says its 2 way. That is the only info I have seen on this signing so far…

  19. AJ says:

    The interwebz says he skates real good and wins board battles.

    That probably means he can cycle… mmmm sustained cycle…

    Looks like an interesting pick up from a depth perspective to fill out those bottom lines. Some of the reports hinted at nice hands with a quick release. Not a terrible start to the off season. At least he didn’t sign another 5’10 147lbs center.

  20. Sr. Brad says:

    The great thing about the terms of the deal is that Stan was able to sign him away from other teams, and still get him to accept a 2 way deal…good work.

    Tab, you called me out by tying 2 comments together that were made out of context with one another, so point in fact, you are directing attention to something that is copacetic…and I have re explained them to you again. Why would you do this? Why target my comments made in another story with this one? You could have done this a thousand times over with novice posters that don’t understand the game very well. I get that you don’t like me or appreciate my experience being brought to your website, but you don’t have to go out of your way to show it…it suggests lots about your character. Kudos.

  21. wall says:

    Tab, what do you know about Victor Arvidsson??? Another Swede- 21 yrs. old… scored 40 points… read – he will be at Hawk’s prospect camp… can you confirm?

    AJ- Victor is 5’9″ and 178 lbs. … BUT the Youtube Highlites ( a lot more for this guy than Rasmussen) I watched – showed this guy can flat out fly!!! Looked Like Versteeg 2010- really fast/agile skater or Marchand now… scored about same points as Rasmussen…

  22. Tab Bamford says:

    re: wall’s question about Viktor Arvidsson – he’s a creative wing w/ good hands who has a pretty good track record in clutch situations… but he’s small (5-9, 175-180 as wall noted). Would be an intriguing invite given the influx of players from Sweden over the last 4-5 years under Bowman.

    Sr. Brad – I carry absolutely no ill will towards you or your knowledge of the game. I am here to correct posts when they’re wrong (like your “sources” saying Hayes wanted a long-term deal and that was the hang-up when it isn’t possible in the CBA), and to point out inconsistencies. I apologize if you take my jesting personally, and will go back to talking hockey (if that’s OK w/ you)

  23. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Sr. Brad trying to lord over the blog once again. Apparently having season tickets to the IceHogs and knowing the blimp driver on a close and personal level as source of insider information makes him God-like figure on this site. Oh well.

    Rasmussen is a nice add on the surface. Gives the Hawks another option at Center. Bowman WILL definitely make a substantial move however.

  24. Tab Bamford says:

    re: Ernie – I apologize regarding the contract issue. Teravainen and Hartman signed entry-level deals at a time when they had the ability to “slide” the deals over from one season to the next if they didn’t meet specific requirements (essentially turning a 3-year deal into a 4-year contract). Players that are signed after playing 4 years of college hockey – thru their “natural graduation” like Kevin Hayes & Stephen Johns – can only sign 2-year contracts (which is why the length of a contract for Hayes cannot and is not part of the issue in getting him signed).

    A European free agent like Rasmussen cannot sign a deal that slides from one year to the next, and the fact that it’s a one-year deal is the giveaway that it’s a deal for the here & now. What we did not know when I initially posted this is what TVA has since reported – that it’s a two-way deal. This is great value for the Hawks because they can send him to Rockford if wanted/need be without hitting the cap. I look forward to seeing a player with his size and scouting report competing for a spot in September.

  25. wall says:

    Arvidsson/TT/Rasmussen… Speed, Euro-chemistry,skill, High IQ’s, Cheap…
    better, faster, more skilled than any combo of 23,52,26….

    I will add- these 3 all scored in the 40 point range in Europe- Nordstrom made the Hawks out of Camp and only scored around 12 pts. in SHL season… AND I like 42…
    Shows two things… Hawks were a little short on depth last year (42 made team)…
    and Hawks will be better this year and next!!!

  26. AJ says:

    I forgot to tag the lil guy comment with sarcasm. My bad.

    Nordstrom up straight away vs Nordstrom after a year of AHL was night and day. I’d like to see him on an aggressive strength program. Like the JSSP. And then maybe see him later next year or the one after when he is ready ready. Not kinda maybe sorta ready.

  27. Pete says:

    When do the Hawks lose the rights to Kevin Hayes? I am really hoping he signs with the Hawks. Drafting someone in the first round without ever having him play for the organization would be a major disappointment.

  28. Peter says:

    Pete, from what I see and I think Tab has mentioned before, the Hawks own Hayes’ rights through August 15th this year. If he really looks unsignable, which I hope is not the case, his rights may get traded around the draft. I think the Hawks get it done for 2 years (the max length for what he can sign).

  29. Tab Bamford says:

    That’s Peter. You are correct, the Hawks have KHayes’ rights until mid-August… but we’ll know by the time the 2014 Draft ends whether or not he’ll be a Blackhawk.

  30. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    I for one am sick and tired of Kevin Hayes. Fact is if Stan Bowman thought he was a vital piece to be on this team, then a contract would be DONE. I’m going to assume that the scouting assessment of Hayes has dimmed. Regardless, this kid comes across as an ungrateful punk. If he doesn’t really want to sign with one of the elite franchises in the NHL, then screw him. Let him join his brother Jimmy in NHL purgatory. Kevin sure does seems to have an arrogant and lofty opinion of himself.

  31. shaacul says:

    @Arvidsson – I do believe that he´s draft available and comming to pre-draft test, together with Anthon Lindhold (he´s 19 ), both play full play-off in Skelleftea AIK and won Swedish title this year (so, they know how to win). Another guys reported to be in Hawks pre-draft test are: Devon Toews, Joey Daccord, Dylan Sikura, Mike Lee, Justin Kirkland. So, Hawks want to take some (most) in late round in 2014 draft.
    Arvidson is best in this group, I think that if Hawks don´t take him, somebody else (Detroid) will pick him, could be another Zuccarello.

  32. wall says:

    Tab- please clarify- Arvidsson is at least 21 yrs. old… Is he still draft eligible???

    w/ euro contract

    His highlites were impressive!!!

  33. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

    Why is this Sr Brad allowed to dominate this blog? Why? He has an agenda, and that agenda is that Quenneville is a terrible coach who cost this team another Stanley Cup. Tantamount to saying Quenneville deliberately sabotaged the season via a dastardly plot of playing Handzus and Bollig night in and night out when, in fact, he could have been playing the obvious superior Morin or Pirri. We have had to endure hundreds of posts at this stage that say the same thing. Morin and Pirri granted regular rotation time was the recipe for winning another Cup. That both these players were and are clearly superior NHL talents. He goes further on to say day after day that Stan Bowman never has agreed with Quenneville’s strategy of playing time and is biding his time now to fire the coach. And I once decent blog has idiot bandwagoners of minor age piling on and agreeing with the Pied Piper asshat that is Sr Brad. So my question is when does Tab grow a pair of balls and finally put a merciful end to the resident lunatic on his blog?

  34. morrison says:

    2way contract, Beauty.

  35. Ernie says:

    Rufus, I know you, and a lot of others are always critical and pessimistic of the hawks and their moves. Not really sure why that is. I have been critical of Q and Stan from time to time. But not at the frequency of some.

    Not totally sure why you think the front office is inept…but, they are restricted in what they give Hayes. They can’t give him 3 years. They can’t give him a pile of dough, even if they wanted to. I emplore you, put yourself in Kevin Hayes shoes. You just finished college having one of the best seasons as a college hockey player. You can sign with the team that has your rights for 2 years, and probably go the minors and make 60k a year. Or, you can wait till august and be perceived as a petulant diva by a fan base you’ll never play for. Signs the same contract for the same length and money, just not in the minors and make roughly 900k a year.

    Now, you can’t tell me you would pass up 830k in a year because of essentially loyalty. I can see where the kid is coming from. He could get injured and never play the game again. Stuff happens. Its all on Kevin Hayes. The Hawks are going to offer him the same dollars and term length as everyone else. Its not that they don’t want to sign him, despite what you believe. The kid just finished school, give him some time to decide where he wants to go in life. He has SOME leverage now. Let him use it. This doesn’t affect you the way it affects him.

    To all those fans bashing Kevin Hayes and voicing your frustration via personal attacks on twitter. Get a life. You’re not helping his decision to sign here. You’re not signing his contract. Its his choice to decide what he wants to do and where he wants to go. Let him exercise it. The Hawks will get fair fair compensation regardless if its Kevin Hayes, the 2nd round pick for him not signing, or any other compensation via trade. Calm down, take a deep breath. Its not your decision to make so why are you letting it affect you so much. Quit taking his decision so damn personally.

  36. Pete says:

    So the Hawks barely, barely lose in 7 games OT on a deflected goal in the WCF to the team that is up 3-0 in the finals and people like Ogie Oglethorp want to silence anyone who has the nerve to question Q’s decisions. The Q walks on water crowd doesn’t want to hear about how the Hawks possibly could have made history this year and repeated for the first time since 1998. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with questioning decisions. Questioning prior decisions is how teams get better. And when you don’t win the Cup you need to improve. Tab, don’t listen to Ogie, continue to allow the free exchange of ideas. That’s what makes this a good website.

  37. Jack White says:

    Ha! Ogie Oglethorpe is obviously Rufus T. Fairweather

    I’m surprised you are still on this blog Rufus after being so wrong repeatedly, over and over again. You said the Hawks were done, couldn’t compete, and just wanted to go home to rest after they lost their FIRST GAME this year in the first round of the playoffs! That’s just sad. Then every loss after that, you repeated the same dribble until you were finally “right” in the 7th game of the Western Conference Finals (against a team that’s probably about to sweep the Rangers to win the Stanley Cup). You defended Handzus when all the stats said he sucked, not to mention the eye test (it’s not hard to see a guy still in the defensive zone while the other two forwards are rushing the net!), and finally Handzus himself said that he was playing terrible, and that was after his game winner! Nobody is talking about pirri (although he’s clearly better than Bollig), but to deny that Morin is better is just ridiculous, and shows that you have no judgment of talent whatsoever. You know when a player is good, only when the announcers tell you so, because you have no idea what to look for yourself. Sorry but if anybody here is a troll…it’s you.

  38. noonan96 says:

    One thing for sure-Hawks fans have multiple personalities (and names)

  39. Karl Ditschler says:

    Rufus: You sound like a fool, man. Anyone who reads this site regularly can easily predict what you’ll write in response to whatever development occurs. You were wrong all season long. Give it up. And for what it’s worth, I think Sr. Brad has a much higher hockey IQ than you. You can rip him all you want, but no one ever questions his love of the Hawks. I can’t say the same about you, especially given your Blues-loving rants all spring.

    Jack White: Thank you for speaking the truth about Rufus.

    Pete: I’m with you all the way about questioning Q. Past success doesn’t make a coach invulnerable or perfect. Ditka won a Super Bowl and also fucked up the Bears. Ozzie won the World Series but got cocky and stupid. Sometimes success leads to a loss of perspective, and loss of awareness of what make you good to begin with. Q has become too sure of himself. Pride precedes the fall. I think his lineup decisions certainly hurt the Hawks these playoffs.

    Ogie: If you don’t like what Sr. Brad writes, skip over it. It’s just his opinion. Long-winded? Yes. But we all can state our thoughts here, just like you do. No one is “dominating” the blog.

    Tab: Can you please address the Morin lack of playing time situation? We all saw he was an offensive force. What gives, in your opinion?

  40. Nathalie says:

    This is absolutely a great hockey player!
    He has been My favorite since he first came to Växjö lakers. So you are not going to regret that you have signed a one year contract with this guy, he’s going to be absolutely amazing!

    Actually very sad that we lost one of our best hockey players in Växjö, going to miss him so much but, hes’s soo Worth it!!

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