58 thoughts on “Report: Jets Sign Patrik Laine To 2-Year Extension

  1. Nice.
    So Wedin, a 2nd Div. Swedish player makes the team… not Quenneville and Perlini a scratch?
    JC has no idea what the NHL is about.

  2. We have lost Sharp and Hossa to retirement, Panarin to a trade..Saad returned to play along Anisimov and now 57, 8 or 65? When he should be in the top 6 hands down…Ladd to free agency…..
    And Bowman/Kelley still have neither drafted nor signed a free agent worthy of true top 6 NHL talent and success to play wing alongside Toews.
    PS: How did Cayden Primeau slip past the Hawks and most the NHL except for Montreal?
    11 19 88 1st
    20 77 92 2nd
    12 17 65 3rd

  3. 7.5m caphit the 2nd year so cost 7.5m to retain his rfa rights the 3rd year qualifying offer. The starting point for next contract is 7.5m or higher or he becomes an ufa.

    Be interesting to see the comments in another month. So far we know the Blackhawks weren’t as game ready for a preseason game, period. The real stuff is coming.

  4. Now that 2 high end RFA wingers (Tkachuk and Laine) have taken bridge deals at reasonable AAV, it bodes well for locking up Cat and Strome with the same type of deals. Kick the can down the road and line it up with the expiration of the T&K deals which should keep the T&K window open for the next 4 seasons.

    Sometime over the next 2-3 seasons, Dach, Boqvist and a few other prospects will step up and replace the journeymen and low-end players we’re saddled with right now and that’s when the Hawks will go from “catch lightning in a bottle” legitimacy to a solid Cup contender. That’s the hope and it’s not too far fetched to be believed.

  5. Montreal passed on primeau 6 times themselves. Proof why you don’t draft goalies high. If they thought he was going to turn out the way he did they would have drafted sooner. With goalies, you just don’t know.

  6. Fwiw, Bowen Byram was sent back to Junior. The guy everyone said was NHL ready right now didn’t even get a game.

    “Struggled a bit with pick protection and physical play of bigger competition”

  7. EB, i really hope there is some seperation in when 12 and 17 next contracts expire. Laine will also have aritration rights in 2 years, so these bridge deals look good on aav but with crazy qualifying offers to retain rights and arbitration rights to deal with on top of that, are they locking them up cheaper or just renting for a couple of years. Hope Debrincat is long term deal 6 or 7 years, Strome ok on a bridge, if asking price is too high in a 2 or 3 years he is more replaceable. Bowman has option to offer the low salary high signing bonus long term deal, to lower the aav maybe, unlike budget teams, to me best way to go on Debrincat.

  8. I think management believes they can get another shot at the Cup while T&K are still playing at an elite level – what we’ve called the T&K window – and therefore short term deals at lower AAV are more attractive for the Hawks during this T&K window period than otherwise would be. Having $3M-$4M more cap space for the 2020/21 – 2022/23 season because Cat and Strome signed bridge deals at lower AAV will help Stan construct a more competitive team during the T&K window than he would be able to if Cat and Strome got deals that were better for the team long term but at a higher AAV. So, in effect, it is a little like renting “today” at the cost of “tomorrow” … and I’m OK with that.

  9. Debrincat if anybody gets long term deal. If as speculated, cap increases are kept minimal until cba and new tv deal signed, then this trend away from longer deals may continue. If you feel Debrincat’s value to the team not aav, is more comparable to Marner then his long term. If you think of him like the Jets did Laine, not that big a fish, he won’t. Strome likely gets a 2 or 3 yr show me bridge, with the good qualifying offer and arbitration. Both them with 19, 88 and elcs of 77 and 27 along with others expiring together would be the undoing of the future for sure. Goalie picture going forward next season so unknown hard to say who’s back next year.

  10. ER, yea its amazing that it seems like every top players are doing bridges. Your right were going to be quality deep then, which is not too far away from now.

    Boy do we need to get to there now though. Take the next step and be able to play with any team this yr. Then from 21 and on beat them, be the better team roster wise.

  11. Team needed Shaw and a proven top 6 player (winger). Can’t bank on 8,92,91, 77, 57, to fill in as they are all really rookies. Except for Cagg who has more NHL games, one signing needed te be a proven veteran. James Neil type…Last year, Perron returned to ST-LOUIS! Bowman was asleep. Anders Lee type….Trade for Kreider….
    11 19 88
    20 77 92
    12 17 8
    15 22 91

  12. The players that will be difference makers to give teams that added factor would be a Thachuk and/or Jones-these players are really hard to find/develop so you need to get a bit lucky, but the young guys with the big five-size, speed, skill, grit and high compete level.
    Ottawa has been a laughing stock for a couple of years they have Chabot and Brady T. Nice building blocks.

    You can add, to complement a good team ready to compete a softer, skilled player like Nylander, or a 4th line veteran like a Capenter, but what the Hawks really need is a talented, scary s.o.b like Tom Wilson. Ovie, and rightfully so, gets the headlines, but they don’t win, and get the Cup without Wilson.
    Could you imagine how much bigger Kane and D-Cat would be with someone like him in the line up and Toews could go back to concentrating on being one of the best centers in the league. (And Sven yes he is one of the best in the league.)

  13. Lines in practice today in Berlin:
    Nylander-Toews-Kane
    Cat-Strome-Shaw
    Saad-Kampf-Kubalik
    Caggiula-Dach-Perlini-Carpenter-Wedin (rotating)

  14. Nice to see Perlini on 4th line – I think he can be useful there with his speed and size if he is engaged and if he can show consistency maybe move up eventually

    Also nice to see JC come to his senses with 12-17-88, a line that will hardly ever work IMO

    Also glad he hasn’t cut Nylander loose from T and K – I still think that line could be a thing

    Also nice to see Dach rotating in – hopefully he shows soon that he’s ready for more responsibility and they try him with 8 and 20

  15. Dach can be like this, young guys with the big five-size, speed, skill, grit and high compete level. Once hes established.

  16. Wrap, both Dahlstrom and Perlini look like their playing, neither played much in preseason, so give them some game time if needed because Smith and Murphy can’t go opening night. Gilbert may be more of insurance if Murphy and Dehhan hurting. Boqvist better playing top pair with Holm or whoever they pair him with against Bruins today.
    Hope Dach in game ready mode soon, get a look at him with the team.

  17. Noonan agree with you. Thurborn and Haley (if NYR doesn’t sign him) could fit that role. Thou not offensively talented as Wilson but close. Next year make a play for Deslauriers or Lemieux .

  18. Geez- how’d that “Berlin” experiment work for you today in Germany JC
    Glad I didn’t see it! Musta been a stinker? Are we ready to start the season yet- are are we still looking for 5-6 NHL-ready forwards and 2-4 D?

  19. If Graham Knott is an ECHL player, Sikura should be next. Bowman’s pet is just that, a pet ECHLer. What Hype Bowman…as he trades way Panarin and The hammer and fires Mike Kitchen!!!
    Versteeg and Kurashev are good enough to play in NHL. Steeger was the most dangerous Hawk tonight, happy to see him back…..which tells you lots about our prospects. Beaudin, Krys, Boqvist……….. small and very very light.

  20. Game was what we thought it would be, stanley cup finalist against an Ahl team with alot of new faces preseason game. Boqvist didn’t look bad, played 23 or 24 mins and wasn’t on ice for alot of goals against, showed he is not far from ready to me. Holm on other hand didn’t seem comfortable at all.

    Hull at least we found out how long the Bowmam hate would take to surface again and you could last making actual hockey comments, lol.

  21. Both probable one offs , and different circumstances, but the common thread is really outmatched physically. The Hawks will need to out skill and and out work their opponents.
    Someone asked what the system and identity the Hawks will have this year. What is it? Maybe I missed too much of the whole games, but I haven’t seem much compete this year so far.

  22. And we had to listen to that tool, Jack Edwards call the game.

    Take note at Jake DeBrusk… this is the type of player Stan needs to draft.

  23. Nothing says TOR overpaid Marner like Rantanen’s contract

    Same term, very similar production, same age and yet Marner gets over $1.5 million more per year

    Plus even though they’re both great players if push came to shove I think a lot of coaches and GMs would choose Rantanen over Marner

  24. Jets need to realize right now that Laine is gone the minute he can walk on them, and that he will leave them high and dry. If he has a good year Jets need to trade him while they can get good returns. His statements clearly show his lack of desire to be there.

  25. What idiot scheduled the 6 scrimmage game 10 hrs before the game in Europe.

    With three straight scrimmages off the bat.

  26. The team didnt get worse from last yr, out of nowhere. The players know we have a full roster and were going to be good this yr. So maybe are just really going through the motions and warming up, by warming up and not playing. I do not know. Like you said, so far, and that isint any real games yet. I wouldnt even go by the Europe game or look too much into the first 5 games. As they are always used to get up to speed.

    Its game 6-15 to me that say alot.

  27. If this team is soft how would it look without Maatta Haan Shaw Smith Carpenter Cagiluga Strome. Every move Bowman has made since the roster adjustments last yr has been to add physical and tuff style kind of players. So without the guys we added to the group, wow.

    Which makes me think, when we need to make an adjustment to get this kind of player you guys are talking about, we will, when we can and the time is right.

  28. Agree on Jake Debrusk. He is badass. Plays hungry every shift. We really could use some of that. Actually, a lot of that.

    Kurashev is still my sleeper to do something with the big club this year. Big if, but if he has a strong year, he could well be the #3 center before too long and with Dach presumably ready by next year, it could throw into question whether Strome should be extended. I’m not down on Strome but I think he needs to show sustained performance (and not just with Debrincat) if he is going to get a new deal.

    Hard pass on Versteeg.

  29. On the flip side, Andy brickley wasn’t that bad, had some good things to say about a few times. Marchand needs a suspension. Jumped highmore and then continues to punch him whiles he’s on his back…while the refs are on top of them both.

    Kyle Connor 7@7. Exact same points as Debrincat. A 20 more games.

  30. After watching thd win today, be hard pressed to cut Gilbert, sure made a statment for himself. Physical presence and strong defensive play.
    On to the real.games now.

  31. Much better effort in Berlin – the score would have favoured the Hawks much more except for the BER goalie

    Nylander (game winning goal on a high skill play) looked good – Gilbert too but he shouldn’t stay up as 7th D so he’ll be going to RKF

    I’m anxious to see Dach hopefully in Kampf’s 3C spot – Kampf would be a very good 4th liner probably with Carp and Caggs although Perlini did well today too playing on the 4th line

    It will be a much higher QOC in Prague so it’d be nice to have de Haan and Murphy ready – the defense with Kk and Dahlstrom is not much different than last year although Maatta is a huge upgrade over Forsling – smart and reliable and good first passer

  32. Looks like lines and pairs we were seeing.
    92 19 88
    12 17 65
    2o 64 8
    91 22 15 if ready

    2 56
    6 7
    44 5 if ready or a combo of 63, 68, 39

    Wrap agree on Gilbert to Rfd, woukd like to see his physical play stay around and he may if Dehaan out a few games.

    Colliton puts alot of trust in Kampf defensively, not sure Dach gets that role right away, i think msybe a little time for there.

  33. Rather see Perilini in top 6 or line. 11 19 88.

    Dach hoepfully takes the 3rd spot because Kampf is not top 9 nmaterial.

    Nylander…? So so…that was any open net goal.

  34. Far from an open net goal – Nylander had to stop the fairly hard deflecting puck on his backhand at the goal line then when it caroms into his feet kick it to his forehand and roof it in a split second because the goalie was coming over quickly and the D man was closing him out quickly as well

    High skill play that he made look easy

  35. For a while JC had 91 back up with T and K and Nylander with Carp and Perlini and
    both those lines looked good

    92 was then moved back with T and K for his game winner

    If Nylander makes the team we probably will see him moved up and down like that depending on how the game is going

  36. Wouldn’t mine seeing Dach when he plays, with 19 and 88, he brings an element of toughness that Caghuila brings with a little size. Plus he has high end skill in his game to boot with a righthanded shot to compliment Kane.

  37. Depending on 92 and 8. If 11 can play good and work with 12 17 11, then we can have Shawzer on the 3rd line for a 20 65 8 or a 20 65 88 which has 19 and 8 for the 1st.

    Right now its the typical standard lines for who we have thats ready and were they fit. Having 64 with 20 and 8 is a good two way line. When we can get 77 or 8 or 92 or 11 playing 1st or 2nd line, then we have a 3rd line with 65 and 64 on the 4th line checking line.

  38. My biggest takeaway from the game today is I really like the 12-17-65 line.

    That, and the Hawks are over-passing by trying to make those cross ice passes through traffic instead of putting the puck on net and having teammates crash the net for potential rebounds.

    I didn’t think Gilbert skated well enough to be an NHL d-man and I haven’t necessarily changed my mind – but he has been looking better, at least in comparison to Dahlstrom who would be my first choice to take the first train to Rockford. It isn’t just Dahlstrom’s mobility in the d-zone that’s a problem – he also doesn’t know the best plays to make in the o-zone as one play today epitomized where Dahlstrom ended up taking an unobstructed shot from the top of the right circle which the goalie stopped easily – instead of giving the puck to Kane who was wide open at the bottom of the right circle. It essentially killed the play instead of giving it to Kane who would certainly done something better than lob the puck to the Berlin goalie.

  39. Still some moves to be made, Delia likely sent down, obvious one. If Dehaan just on ir and be available for 2nd game, his hit counts against cap because its not a training camp injury. Dach plus if either Murphy and/or Smith would be training camp injuries, so their ir would not count against cap. Murphy with Dach on training camp would give them the numbers 14 fwds, 7d and 2g active if Dehaan can’t go, plus Murphy’s caphit not having to be counted gives plenty of capspace to be compliant for opening day. Then all be eligible to be activated for next game on the 10th. If Smith and Murphy both active opening night then somebody else besides Delia needs to be reassigned, if Just Dach and Dehaan not active on opening day. If all but Dach active would require a 1g and 2 skaters waived or reassigned.

  40. I would think whoever will be ir litr and just extra goalie goes for now. Then when Haan other are ready maybe Dach has some games. Meantime anyone who doesnt have to clear would go, for now, so Dach can get some games. Then when we know what were doing with those things, we can get 23man set.

  41. Blackhawks scored 10 yrs ago in Europe in 2009. Good things to follow with playing some games in Europe. 1-1 in games there in 2009.

    With not a good looking scrimmage games. People prob not think we do as good in first so many games. That should help expectations. With that many good moves this summer, people thought we expected to go 6-1 in these srimmagaes. Now people prob think we ll be lucky to 5-5 in first 10.

    So a nice 6-3-1 really good start.

  42. Mo that be a wonderful start. Easiest time to slip a player through waivers is next couple of days though. Tesms getting opening day rosters set now don’t want to make changes unless it’s a real upgrade to their roster, in that case not getting through regardless not likely. So may try and slide Dahlstrom through now and keep Gilbert for now knowing he goes whenever without waivers.

    Dach with T& K for look, allows the flexibility if needed Cagguila can play there and Dach can be tried at 3c then and Kampf has spot on 4th line. To me priority right now finding a winger for 19& 88. Shaw with Strome and Debrincat looks good, Smith, Carpenter and Cagguila will make a good 4th and 20, 64 and 8 have actually been best line in preseason, so imagine they get a few games together at least.

  43. Yea with 65 and 15 being able to play center and we have 64 there I like 77 19 88 to see enough sample size. 65 and 15 in spots where they make a line stronger or complete.

    Thats where 20 started out on the line with 20 19 81. So be cool for Dach to do same.

  44. Happy to be flying out today to Frankfurt on the way to catching the game in Prague Friday. Ticket package for this game was crazy expensive, but I was going to be in Austria/Germany anyway so why not? I am sure there will LOTS of Hawks/Flyers fans in Prague for this one. I can only hope this team looks better than what I saw in pre-season, but that’s why they play the games.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

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