Blackhawks Acquire Brandon Pirri

On Monday the Blackhawks brought back Brandon Pirri, and officially (finally) gave up on Dylan Sikura.

Chicago traded Sikura to Vegas for Pirri. Pirri, 29, was originally selected by the Blackhawks in the second round (#59 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He is signed through the 2020-21 season with a $775,000 cap hit.

Pirri was credited with two assists in 16 regular season contests with Vegas last season. He also produced 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 38 games with the Chicago Wolves during the 2019-20 season.

Sikura, 25, was originally drafted by Chicago in the sixth round (#178 overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. He is signed through the coming season with a $750,000 cap hit. In 47 games with the Blackhawks from 2017-20, Sikura produced one goal and 13 assists.

34 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire Brandon Pirri

  • September 28, 2020 at 1:19 pm
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    Sikura for Sikura past sorta, change of scenery maybe help both anyways.

  • September 28, 2020 at 1:36 pm
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    Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
    We need to offload payroll, not make
    Inconsequential moves like this one.
    Bowman needs to go

  • September 28, 2020 at 1:41 pm
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    Whether or not Bowman needs to go I would not let this deal decide. Inconsequential as you say. What was Sikura going to do for the big club? Nothing. So we have not lost anything, and we maybe did not gain anything either.

    From that standpoint I have no problem with this. If either one of these guys plays half a season on the fourth line next year I’d be surprised.

  • September 28, 2020 at 1:42 pm
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    Maybe Pirri can sublet Sikura’s apartment in Rockford.

  • September 28, 2020 at 1:44 pm
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    My understanding is that Pirri lives in Chicago during the offseason (helped while playing for the Wolves). Vegas may have thrown him a bone trading him “home” w/ them moving their AHL affiliate to Nevada.

  • September 28, 2020 at 1:44 pm
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    Co captain of the hogs next year with franson

  • September 28, 2020 at 1:46 pm
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    re: “We need to offload payroll” – There haven’t been many moves of significance during the playoffs (lone exception was Marc Staal being traded to Detroit in a pure salary dump). As soon as the Cup Final ends there will undoubtedly be a flurry of activity around the NHL because the Blackhawks are far from alone when it comes to teams needing to create cap space. We’ll see if Bowman can do it in a way that actually improves the NHL roster.

  • September 28, 2020 at 2:48 pm
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    Chuck amen.

    Tab is correct Pirri resides in Chicago. This has to lead to Morin getting a chance to resurrect his career w his friend back.

    Bowman’s next move will be to sign the sought after John Quenneville to a long term extension.

  • September 28, 2020 at 2:52 pm
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    Agree next little while be a challenge to see how Bowman handles the roster.

    Wonder if Franson who after getting sent to Rfd. his last time, was praised for how he worked with younger players, if this is his last year as a player. May take an off ice coaching job in the organization next season is part of why he signed with Icehogs. Pirri no doubt plans on playing another few years yet.

  • September 28, 2020 at 2:56 pm
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    I’ll start parade preparations immediately.

  • September 28, 2020 at 2:57 pm
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    Always liked Pirri, didn’t think he got a chance with Q.

  • September 28, 2020 at 3:09 pm
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    I am honestly surprised that more teams aren’t active with the buyout window open, and trades able to be completed while the SC is still being decided. If nothing else, why are you even talking about players like Pirri and Sikura when you have so many other things to get done?

    This trade is pretty well a wash, but the Hawks come out ahead in that Pirri has shown the ability to score at the NHL level, at least at a modest rate. Sikura has not shown that ability.

    The draft is coming quickly, and the buyout window closes on the 8th. By waiting and delaying the moves they NEED to make, the Hawks are making their jobs a lot harder than they could be to have all of it happening in a compressed time frame IMO.

  • September 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm
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    Nothing for nothing leaves nothing Vegas saved 25000 on this deal bringing back ex hawks doesn’t work Stan doesn’t get it give Stan a 10 year extension I would have made him prove his worth before extending him oh well how low can we go amen

  • September 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm
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    Only observation on Sikura is that he now will have the protection to allow him to succeed. Vegas runs a much heavier line up so maybe he becomes an asset, who knows. That was never going to happen with our village of smurfs on the big club in Chicago.

    I do recall there being optimism on his signing so maybe he picks up the pieces and grows some under the broad wings of Vegas bruisers.

  • September 28, 2020 at 4:19 pm
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    In my view, this deal could be more than meets the eye. Pirri will probably step in for other players (UFAs or RFAs) on the current roster who will not be resigned or bought out. So, the 25k more that Bowman is adding actually might be a net savings compared to the 1.5m , or more, he might have to shell out to keep one of our current FAs who is a third or fourth liner.

    Pirri is an NHL player, albeit a marginal one. Sikura may not even be that.

  • September 28, 2020 at 4:44 pm
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    @ Reg: Spot on re Sikura. You can’t knock him for being too light and too slow and he is a good hockey player who could be an all-star some day (most likely in the Austrian League).

  • September 28, 2020 at 5:14 pm
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    Bowman move for sure, nothing for nothing. Get used to it because he sucks ass. Should have shown him the door with McDonut. More years of mediocrity

  • September 28, 2020 at 5:46 pm
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    Reg could see Pirri getting sometime at 3rd C while younger players grow into role, a need they might have. Needs waivers to get to Rfd., so could be a pressbox guy some too. Sikura maybe Reaves takes him under his wing and grooms him for his role. Seriously good luck to him, if lightning strikes and he finds an offense at Nhl level and Vgk get some secondary scoring out of him great.

  • September 28, 2020 at 5:59 pm
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    Bowman doing is his usual mediocre for mediocre.

  • September 28, 2020 at 6:40 pm
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    A move not worth our attention.Get on with the rebuild of the bottom 6 already.

  • September 28, 2020 at 8:09 pm
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    I sadly believe he’s the replacement for Dylan Strome Who will probably won’t be able to resign because of money

  • September 28, 2020 at 8:13 pm
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    Wonder if Hossa will come out of retirement.

  • September 28, 2020 at 8:14 pm
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    Trade Kane for all of Detroit’s draft picks

  • September 28, 2020 at 9:02 pm
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    Any chance that Blackhawks now use Pirri in a trade come draft time etc.?
    Pirri actually has some name recognition in the NHL albeit not much. He’s still a more proven NHL player than Sikura, whose NHL resume is not really anything despite the chance Colliton gave him season before last (which I think helped doom the Blackhawks’ slim playoff hopes that year).
    I don’t know how he really helps a team in a youth movement where young guys need to play. He’s 29 years old which is not “old”, but it seems like he’s taking a potential “learner’s” spot.

  • September 28, 2020 at 9:53 pm
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    MORRISON
    September 28, 2020 at 6:43 pm
    Thats funny I was going to post Rutta name other day.

    MORRISON
    September 28, 2020 at 9:28 pm
    Was going to say other day that when they do 2 games in 2 days its usually a split. Forgot they were game on SA. So this looks like the 3-1 lead TB earned.

    25-10

    MORRISON
    September 28, 2020 at 9:32 pm
    Believe we won game 6 to win 2015 Stanley Cup 2-0 as well.

    MORRISON
    September 28, 2020 at 9:52 pm
    Rutta Baby!

    Best team since 2015, roster wise.

  • September 28, 2020 at 9:58 pm
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    Hossahawk – I agree with your suggestion regarding Pirri possibly being Strome`s replacement. Worth watching for sure. Strome`s days might be numbered.

  • September 28, 2020 at 10:05 pm
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    Those guys are amateurs our guys skated around with the Cup for a longer for each guy. I guess we had lots of practice.

  • September 28, 2020 at 10:08 pm
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    ER, good one hoser.

  • September 28, 2020 at 10:11 pm
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    Congrats to the NHL for getting the playoffs done without drama. It worked well.

    And now to the real part of the 2019-2020 season.

    I like the Pirri trade. I also agree with the Pirri on 3c situation talked above. I just don’t see Strome fitting this team’s design with his poor defense, very average – at best – skating, and inability to win enough faceoffs, especially if we are going to attempt to play man defense. He doesn’t PK. Only thing he has is Dcat. The Cat is in my doghouse cuz he plays defense like Kane. 3 of them on the same line is not very smart.

    Pirri gives a bit more scoring talent to the line, maturity and hockey savvy. He also gives us the ability to cut Strome loose and free up some bucks. Not sure of Pirri at the dot (too lazy to look it up), but it can’t be much worse if even worse.

    I’m hoping Dcat has a heart to mirror moment and gets it figured out. That’s a lot to pay for a guy who is a one trick player, and isn’t doing that trick any more. For those bitching about Saad’s price, Saad is a huge bargain compared to Dcat right now. But the Cat is still a kitten, and hopefully figures it out soon. I doubt any other team is anxious to grab his contract.

  • September 28, 2020 at 10:11 pm
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    Hoss is back to 100% by now.

  • September 28, 2020 at 10:57 pm
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    Silent spot. You might be on to something. Kane and Pirri are skating buddies in the off-season in Chicago.

    I’d be interested to see what Stan says about this trade. If he truly believes Pirri is an NHL player, or like Franson, is he for leadership purposes in Rockford as young guys like Morrison, Kurashev, Entwistle cut their teeth.

  • September 29, 2020 at 12:42 am
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    I want a blockbuster trade for a young goalie to happen.

    Craig Franson is on an Ahl deal, Pirri isn’t, he?would have yo clear waivers to get to Rfd. In this flat cap year, players like Pirri with low hit may be hard to get through as teams figure out their rosters and get under cap. Good chance he makes roster out of camp.

  • September 29, 2020 at 11:37 am
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    The most likely Sikura scenario is he requested a trade and the only taker was Vegas. Pirri won’t have a role on the Blackhawks and will be a AHL player or waived. I like to hear Bowman’s explanation why he couldn’t get a 7th round draft pick.

  • September 30, 2020 at 4:36 am
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    In these tough and stressful times everyone needs a laugh or two .
    Thanks Stan .

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