Roy Radke Headed To Finland

Roy Radke is headed to Finland, according to Scott Powers of The Athletic.

The Blackhawks forfeited his rights when they didn’t sign Radke before June 1. The forward has signed a one-year deal with SaiPa in Finland’s Liiga, according to Powers. Radke participated in the Blackhawks’ summer prospect camp.

Radke, 20, was a fifth round pick by the Blackhawks in 2015. He appeared in 45 games with the Barrie Colts (OHL) in 2016-17, scoring 23 goals with 13 assists. His season ended early because of shoulder surgery, however.

21 thoughts on “Roy Radke Headed To Finland

  1. can a UFA be re-drafted if they never signed a contract? am guessing that the Hawks won’t have 1st dibs on him when/if he becomes a potential NHLer.

    not sure how the negotiations went prior to him not signing after the 2015 draft, but would expect the his perception of them will significantly impact the ability of the Hawks to sign him in the future.

  2. I think the Hawks let this one get away. It’s not easy finding a power forward of his size and speed and strength. When he gets back from Finland, the Hawks won’t be able to afford him.

  3. Another blunder! Why not sign him? More scoring potential than Baun and better speed??? DO not understand this one. 23 goals in 45 games?????

  4. Totti- gotta agree based on views of him at camp versus Baun at Rock…

    SB- supposedly chasing Zaripov from Russia… seen some of his hi-lights… Guy looks like he would put up 60 points with Kane…. easy!!!

  5. Scott Powers said they reached out to him no formal offer. Suspended by ÌIHF for 2 years he’s not eligible for olympics so wants to sign with NHL team.

  6. Hellsfire…….i also think that Jagr is coming to Town …thats my feeling….He would be a big plus for the Hawks but not at 4-5 millions $

  7. Hawks2010 i agree. Jagr is desperate. I’m sure he’ll sign with anyone despite the price range

  8. Zaripov put up good numbers in khl and international play but his best year was 2008-09. Probably be a scrappy/physical bottom 6 winger with some offense.

  9. Ian- it is always hard to judge speed KHL… AND- Hilites are from several years…

    So I don’t know how much he has slowed down… But this guy has elite vision/Play making/ and shit-tons of patience… kind of Anisimov like around the net… AA has great understanding of time/space… that’s what makes him so High % around the net…

    Zaripov- (if he is – Andrew Brunette SLOW… then I say PASS!!!)… otherwise this guy would be great with Kane

  10. Not disputing what your saying Wall and he played alot of international hockey but my fear is that he is 36 yrs. old and his best year was 08/09 and he wasn’ t on his khl teams top line last year.

  11. Ian- if he skates like Brunette… I say he Zaripov- would be garbage/bad sign…

    if He skates closer to Brad Richards/2015… I think Zaripov would do as good/better than Richards/Kane – 2015… just my 2 cents- based on Highlites of Zaripov’s game…

    Guy- has great/vision/playmaking… and Kane- would make his life/game even better… perfect fit… but can Hawks afford the guy???

    If I am Zaripov- I am not playing “for next contract”… too old- for the next one

  12. His agent reportedly is asking for a one year deal, not sure what the thought is. Probably be a pto and sign after ltir if it happens.

  13. We are starting to act like the desperate HAWKS of the early 2000’s??? Signing over the hill plays with no speed!!!

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