Report: Ville Pokka On Waivers

Scott Powers of The Athletic is reporting the Blackhawks have placed defenseman Ville Pokka on waivers.

Pokka, 23, is on a one-year deal with a $650k cap hit. He had 30 points in 76 games with the IceHogs last year and looked good in the two preseason games in which he’s appeared this year.

41 thoughts on “Report: Ville Pokka On Waivers

  1. Hawkfacts – the Leddy trade turned out poor but you can’t ignore that we had to get under the cap to start the season and there was no way we were going to be able to afford a new deal for Leddy.

    I was rooting for Pokka but he was not very good last night. I would be surprised if he was claimed – maybe SB trades him for another AHL guy to give him a change of scenery.

  2. Hawkfacts – you might consider/mention that Leddy had to be paid…first $2.7 two year bridge followed by $5.5 for seven years.

  3. I did, Oduya was on a 3.375m/yr deal and rosival was on a 2.2m/yr deal – a complete wash.

    and at the beginning of 2014-15 Leddy was still on his 2.7 deal. Just getting rid of Rosy would have almost paid for him that year.

    Stan made that trade out of fear, (and Q’s stubborness about Oduya – who left the next year anyway)

  4. In my opimion it is get under the cap first and maximize ltir 2nd and waiver exrmpt protects the young guys. So get who you want on your roster after that and guys like Pokka, Berube ,Baun, Delia and Svedberg were going through waivers regardless unless they made the team.

  5. I know I am in the minority hear, but he was never going to fit with the cap. I always thought he was weak deep in, and never saw the hit he could not skate away from. The point you do make is it hard to get out of Q’s doghouse. Might be time to move past Leddy.

  6. Quenneville was asked about Pokka at the end of his interview today and said he has made great strides since last year, had an excellent camp and two preseason games and left with a “very positive evaluation”. Q then said he has put himself in a good position.

    I took it to mean if he clears waivers, he would be a possible call up when the time comes. It’s on the Hawks website at the 6 minute mark of a 6-and-a-half minute interview

  7. Everybody likes to talk about how bad Bowmans trades have been. Last winter when Panarin signed his extension I wondered why Bowman only wanted 2 years and the vault open when he became a ufa. Well now we know he didn’t need 4 years because he only needed 2 for his off season moves for Saad at 6m per and got his extra couple that way. Instead all we here is how dumb he was to get rid of him in 1st place.

  8. Some moves arnt good and some are good. Some are good finds for free and some donot work that didn’t cost us anything.

    Salary cap. Stanley Cups.

    If you would have asked me before any of these moves, that we would get 15 for free and not have a 5.5m 3rd pair (on championship quality roster) D man. I would take that every time. There are certain yrs we have the luxury to have a 2.2 and 2.0 3rd pair caphits and there are some yrs we cant.

    We are going to have a couple/few moar yrs of those luxurys coming up.

  9. Just looking at the final roster it will really be a joke if the likes of Tootoo, Bouma and Wingels beat out Hayden. The Hawks have said they want to get younger well now’s the time to prove it!

  10. Love this guy..we won, not because of , but besides Q…who remembers clown shoe scott on the first line?…




    17/22 waive

    Like to see more of Gustafson on call as well

    2¢…lets see..

  11. Ps…don’t dislike 17/22,
    just we can do better with younger hunger, faster

    27/64 and 48 with · are waiver exempt…so call up and down without risk just in case.

    We have some.

    Pss…didnt include 13…release please.

  12. May I offer a solution???? Every team has problems similar to this situation; The solution, (I feel at a glance) would be to offer more flexibility for teams to call players up and down from the minors to give them a chance to play. I find it will create more competition and give players /teams a chance to put a “better product” on the ice. I understand that’s the point of waivers to some degree, but I feel at times it’s more handcuffing of both teams and players; the exact opposite of the intent (wait… i have the intent wrong?)

  13. Pretty obvious by tonight’s lineup that Jurco, Hino, Wingels and Tootoo are forwards 13 and 14, the question is which 2.

    I’m guessing Hino to Rockford. Jurco waived. Nobody is going to claim him this time of year at put him in their top 12.

    Wingels was a Bowman grit signing and can play NHL grinding playoff hockey. Tootoo is loved by the core. They have his back. Counts for something when they are considering forward #14

  14. Yes, it sure looks like Tootoo, Wingels, Bouma and Franson have locked up roster spots. I’m ambivalent on Jurco…put him on waivers because he will clear waivers without a problem. Then stuff him in Rockford. I assume Hayden starts the year in Rockford. Along with Hinostroza, who I’m not terribly excited by anyway.

    The challenge for the 2017-18 Hawks is real simple. Is there enough talent and quality minutes on defense. That, and does Sharp have anything left in the tank. If he doesn’t then the Hawks have a severe scoring line issue that opponents will exploit.

    Buckle up. Should be an interesting season.

  15. Be interesting to watch the roster transition from Tuesday to Thursday. At least 2 of 12, 40, 42, 44 and 48 be brought back for Hossa and Rozival and you could have Jurco and/or Tootoo waived or Franson let go to make room for more.

  16. Tonight’s roster with Hinostroza and Bouma alternating starts. And Oesterle as 7d. They may go 8d if Franson is signed

    Tootoo playing 1 out of 6? Do they need his deal to maximize their LTIR benefit or are they playing some sick joke?

    If Debrincat does at least start the year that makes things interesting for others. His skating hasn’t been an issue. He may get his 9…his deal will slide if he doesn’t play 10.

    Murphy looked better…until he went down 5 seconds after a dump in.

    Unless Stan guaranteed Franson a deal he may not be signed. Oesterle can play both sides and still have Gustafson and Pokka if needed. As well as Snuggerud when healthy. Stan is a man of his word though and if he said hed sign him, it’s as good as done.

  17. Regarding waivers…no more re entry waivers. Players are rarely claimed this time of year as all teams have to trim and don’t have room to add. Once a player clears they can be recalled any time so long as they haven’t previously spent a certain number of days or played a certain amount of games with the big club since they last cleared waivers.

    Not sure what else you would do league rule wise. Seems pretty flexible.

  18. IAN, the SAAD trade a few years ago should have never happened!!! BOWMAN already had PANARIN signed from KHL…then turns around and does not pay SAAD $5m a year he wanted , instead trades for a slow 3rd line centre and pays him 4.5 for all those years??::??Re-signs ROZY as well that year???? After braking an ankle??? When he gets ready of salary he gets nothing in return…. TRADES SHARP and JOHNS for no one…LEDDY for POKKA, and TUEVO…..we know the rest of all his trade history.

  19. Saad was traded because he said he’d take a discount and didn’t. No hard feelings. It’s business. They were still negotiating. But Stan was fearful of an offer sheet and not getting anything but picks that will take 4 years to see the fruits of.

    You’re not acknowledging the business side of things and the fact there is a hard cap that they had to abide by.

  20. We lost Dave Strader as he lost his battle to cancer this morning. He was one of the best play by play guys in sports. NBC guys aside from a few are really lacking. So this is a selfish post as his voice will be sorely missed.

    Rest in piece.

  21. Dcat and Hayden have had very strong preseasons…

    Q- was not happy with Hartman… moved Hayden up to 3rd… dropped Hartman down.

    Forsling scares me…

    Toews- better “flip the switch”… his legs are like noodles and he fumbled a few passes to his stick… starting to think- it isn’t an old injury… just father time and a fat wallet… both tend to slow every player down- eventually…. I hope he proves me 100% wrong

    Seabrook- slow!!!

    Good news- Sikura scored 2g and 2a’s first preseason game… on pace for 120 points!!!

    Bouma- I would rather see some utes in there!!! Hino/Kampf/Knott…. almost anyone

  22. Salary cap, Q’s dislike, well guess what? Good teams don’t let assets go for lesser assets. That Leddy trade was absolutely garbage from day 1. Zero point in talking through it for the million time but now the Pokka is on waivers it’s just further shows how horrible of a trade that was. One Bowmans worst roster decision no doubt.

  23. Leddy for Pokka, TJ Brennan, and Anders Nilsson.

    The Blackhawks are now under the $69 million salary cap after trading Leddy, who had a $2.7 million cap hit this season. The Blackhawks were about $1.2 million over the cap prior to moving Leddy, according to, and needed to get under the cap before 4 p.m. CST on Tuesday or face a number of penalties, including forfeiting games.

  24. Wall, would working out extra hard, to work on skating faster, to that to you for a little bit. Strength will catch back up/back to normal.

  25. Cam Barker for Leddy and Kim Johnsson.

    Johnson played 8 games before he was concussed. Never played hockey again.

  26. Toews may simply have never fully recovered from his concussions. Seems like someone who not completely regained his balance. Although he has already earned a lifetime of achievements, I am hard pressed to think he has lost the desire to win. Maybe the challenge with the Hawks is gone. Maybe the Hawks should trade him to a different venue. Whatever the case, I hope the Captain is well and plays well this season.

  27. The point is if you trade a 1st round great skater like LEDDY and get nothing in return then as a GM, you need to be questioned.
    Let’s remember the awful DANAULT trade to Montreal, anotherv fiasco!!! Getting rid of salary cap is one thing, getting nothing return is lazy and irresponsible. Then again, Mr. BOWMAN is a Notre Dame accountant who screwed up Dale TALLON during that infamous fax machine fiasco!!!

    COACH Q needs to realize TOEWS has lost more then a step.
    Thus, load up on a first linbe that has legs like the following:

    1st line: SAAD SCHMALTZ KANE
    2nd line: SHARP TOEWS PANIK

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