Samuelsson, Bondra Re-Sign With Rockford

On Wednesday the Rockford IceHogs announced the team has agreed to terms with forwards Henrik Samuelsson and Radovan Bondra on AHL contracts through the 2018-19 season.

The contract for Samuelsson is a two-year deal that includes the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign. For Bondra, the new paper is a one-year extension.

Bondra, 21, was a fifth round pick (#151) by the Blackhawks in 2015. He appeared in 11 games with the Indy Fuel this season before being assigned to Rockford, where he has not played.

Samuelsson, 24, signed a PTO contract with Rockford on Feb. 12.

31 thoughts on “Samuelsson, Bondra Re-Sign With Rockford

  1. You can color me as shocked if either of these guys ever play more career games for the Hawks than that accountant did.

  2. Samuelsson- for sure has shot (family ties- don’t hurt)… he is actually pretty good- in few games I watched him in Rockford… his real downside – is speed!

    If he could skate quicker- He would be exactly the type of player Hawks could use…
    Big body, + shooter, little jam… Better shot than Martinsen… But Martinsen skates better

  3. Maybe because he has a relative as a coach but how many 24 year old free agents signing a PTO contract with an AHL team are considered legit prospects? Reminds me of when the Hogs signed Seabrook’s brother.

  4. Artemi P. poetry in motion , Peter Forsberg God given creativitly, imagine a line with these two and Kane, it would probably be illegal in Chicago, the Northwest Territories of Canada. and certain areas of Russia.

  5. I watched a lot of hockey in the last 2 days and it was great. Drew Doughty suspended for tonight’s game is a problem for LA. Toronto? Cmon that’s the BEST Babcock can come up with. Just a poor performance. Looking forward to a Winnipeg Nashville matchup in round 2. Clearly the two best teams out west.

    WOW, Panarin is being hyped as an emerging superstar prior to puck drop and he delivered last night 1 G 2 A dominant game. Also have to love the announcers just taking Stan Bowman to task on that trade, “how do you trade this guy?” “You trade him and then miss the playoffs?” Egg on your face Stan!

  6. Last point why is Brad Marchand kissing the other team? The guy is such a sideshow jeez!

  7. That performance by Panarin was a gut punch to the Hawks organization.

    Torts said it after the game….they have struggled to grind and generate goals in the past, and in the playoffs sometimes you need top end skill to make plays that win games and win series. They have that now with Panarin and they never had that before.

    We traded a world class skill level talent for a grinding plumber that has played his way onto the 4th line two years in a row.

    I’m just saying, if I made that big of a miscalculation at my job, I would be fired.

  8. I was reading a history book and I didn’t realize it but the Vikings learned what to do when they raided a village by studying the Panarin-Saad trade…..

  9. Good to see. Samuelsson has played well with Rockford since signing. He’s not a prospect but a good ahl player not taking a contract spot. Bondra who knows let’s hope he stays healthy and see if anything clicks.
    I was wrong about the panarin trade. He’s a friggin stud.

  10. As a hockey fan you appreciate how Breadman has stepped up his game and became a star on Kanes level . the bad part is we have to watch him perform on a different team, because bowman deceided it was fiscally advisable to give away a superstar for basically nothing. As Heresmike said how did Bowman keep his job, i cant even look at bowman or saad without getting nause0us,

  11. We will see how the Caps respond to Panarin’s game. Yes he is a stud……but the physical element is yet to come.

    Kane and Keith commercial……..why??

  12. Winnipeg is looking really good and total domination so far. Hopefully they beat Nashville to represent the West.

    The Leafs did play bad but still not impressed with Boston. They live for the PP and everything is going their way as far as bounces. First goal was clearly offside. Kadri hit was stupid on his part but if the officials did their job and called Wingels for the elbow to Marner’s head there would have been no retaliation and Marchand is a tool

  13. Im wondering if the Hawks are still going to stage the fan convention . I mean whos going to buy tickets to see saad toews seabrook parade down the runway . this event was a moneymaker created by mcdonot when the team was riding the highlife. mcdonot was good at promotion. but failed at having a bonafide hockey man run the team

  14. Goldenbladz agree the Jets are the most impressive looking team so far. Watching them and the Wild pound each other with hits makes watching east teams seem like gentlemens hockey.
    Really impressed with how Vegas has outworked the Kings and have well deserved 2 0 series lead. Caught a break with the Daughty suspension see if they use the boost to knock off Kings.

  15. The Blackhawks are still holding the convention, but there are still plenty of convention passes and hotel rooms at the Hilton still available. That thing and those rooms used to be sold out immediately. $300+ per night at the hotel includes a pass, that goes for $95 by itself. People aren’t buying like in years past, that’s for sure.

    On the Panarin deal, hindsight is 20/20. When the trade went down, a lot of fans and TV “experts” were all for it. Panarin had been totally rag-dolled by the Predators and forced to the perimeter to take shots right into the middle of Pekka Rinne’s chest. He looked lost and weak during that series. A lot of people thought Saad would be tougher, match up with Toews well, and be suited for playoffs.

    Panarin had a lot of chemistry with Kane and Anisimov. But toward the end of his last season I would not call him a creative genius on the ice. The one timer on the power play was his forte. Against Nashville he was the opposite of physical and looked rattled. Hell, they all looked rattled but he was the leader of the pack.

    Happy he’s having success. He certainly did nothing to wear out his welcome personally in Chicago. That trade is over. Gotta look toward the future.

  16. the panarin trade was salary cap move…..is it too early to plan for the seattle draft???

    Let’s not get too excited about Hartman’s first playoff goal; empty netter…..that will stand up as the game winner as it were.

  17. It’s hard to watch Breadman do so well and think we should still have him on our team but here’s a legit question which I don’t know the answer to – if Panarin pulls down $10 mil approx. on his next contract which could be signed as early as this summer could the Hawks have afforded that and would we then be stuck trading him for even less than we got for him last summer?

    I’m guessing Bowman figured the Hawks couldn’t afford his next contract so he traded him while his value was high rather than waiting until he was cap strapped and was bent over a barrel.

    Could the Hawks have afforded Panarin at $10 mil? Would that mean trading Toews? What would the Hawks look like with three $10 mil plus players?

  18. Wraparound agree if Panarin was still here Bowman would have Schmaltz and him to resign next year and Debrincat right after. With Saad he tried to replace Hossa too. I was iffy on the trade at first but see now why it had to be done. Could maybe handle 10m but money would be tight for supporting cast. Need a stronger supporting cast so tough decisions had to be made.
    Trying to build a good support, forwards look pretty good defence a few years out, some areas need strenghtened but getting there. You can’t go all in for cup every year and have a full cupboard. Pens took 8 years of fringe teams to get back. Should have s good draft and some immediate help this offseason and hopefully continue to see improvement as next year progresses with forwards and a big turnaround on blueline and backup for Crawford.

  19. Agree with the then/future $ ramifications around Panarin and that what is over is over-but the consistent talk of Pararin looking lost in the playoffs-THE whole team looked lost, including 4 future Hall of Famers who have been thru the playoff wars before.

    PLEASE no more scapegoating the Breadman. He wasn’t the leader and shouldn’t have been.

  20. Let’s see how game 2 goes tomorrow. Caps thought they would simply outscore Columbus and did not put much emphasis on defence. I believe that will change. Breadman will have less ice in game 2

  21. Agree Big Indian
    Where was Breadman in last two playoff series with Hawks? Remember gentlemen, being big and skilled is better than being small and skilled. Hawks have to work on getting bigger and skilled, and that may take a while.

  22. Playball its silly to say Panarin didn’t show up against St.Louis 2 years ago. He was ppg guy and tied for team lead in points with Kane 7pts. He had 2g to Kanes 1 also, to single him out for blame last year when entire team went flat is unfair.
    This year he is the guy offensively so see how he does.

  23. Yep, in my earlier remarks I said they all looked lost. Man were they ALL bad in that series against the Preds. I just think the extremely aggressive forecheck on Panarin negated some of his game and there was that “we need what is good for future playoffs” mentality going on.

    Nashville’s mix of speed (and quickness, which is different) and physicality got them to the Finals last year. They’ve had a couple of wins thus far this go around but the Avs have kept it interesting. I really, really don’t want them to win. They’re becoming one of my new teams to hate. I think I hate their fans more than the players.

    They have a long ways to go to top Anaheim.

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