Blackhawks Acquire D David Rundblad

The Blackhawks have reportedly acquired defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisbois from the Coyotes in exchange for a second round pick in the 2014 Draft. .


Rundblad, 23, was the 17th overall pick in the 2009 Draft by St. Louis. He has one assist in 12 games this year for the Coyotes. Rundblad is under contract for one more year with a $785,000 cap hit, and will become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season

He has been traded twice before in his career. The Blues traded him to Ottawa for a first round pick in the 2010 Draft – that they used on Vladimir Tarasenko. He was then traded by the Sens to the Coyotes in 2011 in the deal that sent Kyle Turris to Ottawa.

Rundblad has played in 50 NHL games and has nine points in his career. He will join the Blackhawks’ NHL roster.

Brisebois, 21, has one goal, three assists and 30 penalty minutes in 28 games with Portland (AHL) this season. He was immediately assigned to Rockford.

Rundblad is now the fourth player selected in the first round of the 2009 Draft to come through the Blackhawks organization. Nick Leddy was selected immediately prior Rundblad with the 16th overall pick, and Philippe Paradis (Carolina – 27) and Dylan Olsen (Chicago – 28) were also first round picks that year. Jeremy Morin (Atlanta – 45) and Brandon Pirri (Chicago – 59) were second round picks in 2009, meaning Chicago has held the rights to six of the first 60 players selected five years ago.

23 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire D David Rundblad

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks Tab!

    Anybody seen him play? Scouting report? Is this guy taking Oduya’s/BB’s place next year?

    Most importantly… CAN HE PLAY WING? lol

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Runblad has skills….Tab, does this mean we may see Leddy as part of a package on the way to Vancouver? Especially if Canucks are looking to deal Edler?

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Ohhhhhh boy oh boy oh boy.

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Oh man, I think something big is happening.

  • March 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Rundblad had a lot of potential when he was drafted in 2009. He was the 3rd of 4
    d-men from the Swedish Elite league to go in the 1st round that year with Hedman at #2, OEL at #6, Rundblad t #17 and Tim Erixon at #23. But something must be missing if he keeps getting traded. I guess it’s another low cost risk so, why not?

  • March 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Wouldn’t make to much out of this trade. Just a little restocking for Rockford as Q might have to call up a couple of players. Maybe trade bait, but nothing huge I suspect.

  • March 4, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Mike, with Stan’s history you are probably right. But this kid can play. The Dogs just have too many D to give him ice. Sure would like to see a Leddy, Bickell, plus, plus deal for Kessler. That would give TT at least a year in Rockford and his first year in the bigs without having the pressure to produce.

  • March 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Stan just throwing more garbabge against the wall to see if it sticks for the 2nd line center. Too bad the guys the Hawks have had out of that class have been complete garbage. I’m also starting to lose patience w Leddy. Their are too many games when he completely disappears.

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve said it before. If Hawks are to make a run at Kesler, and Bickell is part of the deal its gonna be Bickell, Leddy, Hartman and a first. Only way it happens IMO.

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Bickell, Leddy, Hartman and a first….would do that deal and make the offer…

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    The book on Rundblad is that he doesn’t have an answer to being run at, or being physical enough around his own crease…lots of ability and talent, but if you can’t play in the playoffs then what’s the point? Brisbois is a throw away…and to Mike, this DID cost a lot…a 2nd round pick, especially with Bowman, is a big pick for us…I don’t like this move at all right now…but we will see what happens in the next 24 hours, as something has to be up, because on the surface, this trade MAKES NO SENSE!

    And with Hossa hurt, and the Hawks not calling Morin up, we will continue to lose with both Handzus and Regin in the lineup…together, they are NOT good enough…Bowman needs to make a deal, if they are not going to play Morin…1st place in our division is slipping away…soon so will 2nd place…Handzus is NOT good enough to play every game on the 4th line, let alone as the 2nd line centre…he was awful again tonight.

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Bad penalty by Oduya. Interference on a routine play and with Crawford letting in unscreened shots coming right at him it felt like game over right there.

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    One more point, Hawks have a chance to repeat and that opportunity doesn’t come along very often. I say go for it and pull the trigger on a deal for Kesler even if you have to overpay with future talent and picks. Hawks drafted Kevin Hayes with a number one pick and apparently he can sign with anyone now as opposed to the Hawks owning his rights. So these high picks aren’t everything. Get Kesler if possible. The only untouchable should be TT.

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Agree 100% with Pete…this opportunity to repeat may not come along for a century… all the building and all the history for what..lets do it now, we are in an unique position……Leddy is not the second coming of Bobby Orr, we traded away Big Buff and Bickell ain’t him…prospects and draft picks are a lottery…for every success story there a ten or more that are bombs…Kesler is perfect 2C …tough, playoff experience, does it all, game winning goals, shorthanded goals, you name it….we have to match the moves of St.Louis and the Ducks..we can win the cup again, the brass ring is before them…pick it up!

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    In terms of reasonable scenarios, do the Hawks have to trade Bickell to acquire Kesler from a salary cap perspective?

  • March 4, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    There are ways with keeping Bicks 4.0, Leads 2.7 and with the new guy added we would have 2.752, so if 45% retained salary would do it… or put seomone on ahl roster would clear another .925, then 35% retained salary would do it.

    We could do it now with 81 on ltir, then when he comes back we decide who goes to ahl roster to clear .925

    A 2nd pick for an extra d man is a lot, so it seems like something is up. 17 is a good depth d 7th man, so why would we add a 3rd pair guy.

    In terms of the late 2nd pick, its basically the early 3rd we got from Pirri deal. So when you combine the trades we got 12, 96, ? for 37.

  • March 5, 2014 at 5:37 am

    This move could just be a preface for getting rid of Brookbank and using Rundblad as the 7th Dman.

  • March 5, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Regin is a good hockey player. I like the guy. He plays two way hockey and he can skate. Going to be a good role player come the playoffs.

    I openly wonder if Leddy is moved today. Clendening waits in the wings. John waits in the wings. And Runblad is a very interesting addition who might work in the Q system quite well. I’ve been on record as saying Leddy is terribly overrated…nobody can deny his innate skill set, but it hasn’t translated the way it really should. And with him being a 3rd pairing type, he’s a luxurious trade chip in my view.

  • March 5, 2014 at 11:47 am


    Where did you hear that about Hayes? They did a Q&A with him in January and he said he was signing with the Hawks right after the season was over. I have no idea why they wouldn’t control his rights.

  • March 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Hawks still own the rights to Hayes until 30 days after his college career has ended. At least that’s what I thought. I never liked the Hayes pick until last year. Kid is lucky to have both legs after his surgeries, not to mention put up the points he has this year at BC. If Bickell is moved I could see Morin or Hayes move in and take his place.

  • March 6, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I am a little late with this, but another “known” blogger said there were serious talks yesterday with VAN on Kesler. Evidently Leds, TT, and possibly Shaw were the center of the talks. It was presumed TT will be showcased for the under 10 games limit at the end of the season and Kesler conversation will be picked up before the draft.

    I don’t like the thought. To me that seems like too much, but it was also presumed by the blog that Kane asked for Kesler. And that Kane may not be a lock to re-up without that kind of move to benefit him on the second line.

    I can see Stan doing that but if the talks actually took place my guess is they would have rather moved Bicks over Shaw. I can also see this as totally without merit since TT will (should) be a star along the lines of a H Sedin. Dude can dish. But will he be there by the time Kaner has to resign? The best bet in the system is TT, the only question is when those chips can be cashed in and if Kane will wait…

  • March 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    The “report” about Leddy, Shaw & Teravainen for Kesler is laughable. Not on the table – never on the table – and not close to credible.


  • March 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks Tab. You just confirmed my feelings on that. Sorry for wasting the space!

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