Blackhawks Acquire Marc-André Fleury

You wanted the Blackhawks to get back to the top quickly? Apparently the front office is working to make that happen.

The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly acquiring 2021 Vezina Trophy-winner Marc-André Fleury from Vegas. According to Darren Dreger, the Hawks are giving up “nothing” but are taking on all of Fleury’s cap hit.

Fleury has one year remaining on his deal with a $7 million cap hit.

Fleury, 36, was the No. 1 overall pick by Pittsburgh in 2003. During the 2021 regular season, Fleury was 26-10-0 with a .928 save percentage and 1.98 goals against average. He had a .918 save percentage and 2.04 goals against average in 16 playoff games for Vegas last season.

Officially, Mikael Hakkarainen is reportedly going to Vegas in the deal. He has appeared in 14 AHL games over the past two seasons. Hakkarainen, 23, was a fifth round pick by the Blackhawks in 2018.

Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Fleury may opt to retire rather than move to Chicago for the final year of his contract for family reasons. Bob McKenzie has also openly wondered if Fleury, who has openly said he doesn’t want to leave Vegas, would play if dealt. Chicago was not on Fleury’s 10-team no-trade list.

94 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire Marc-André Fleury

  • July 27, 2021 at 10:49 am
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    Useless Bowman adding to the rebuild

  • July 27, 2021 at 10:57 am
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    Just to be clear. We are taking on a guy that potentially doesn’t want to be here nor was sanity checked to see if he would in fact play here and his $7m? Could be a smart move if he wants to play but given that he found out on Twitter, I wonder how hard we kicked those tires. The move is a b if he suits up an F if he stays home and we eat the $7m.

  • July 27, 2021 at 10:57 am
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    Holy smokes! That is a lot of moving parts. If they can persuade him to come to Chicago for a year, that would be excellent for Lankinen and they could split starts. This has the potential for some real drama and it would be good to see it come to fruition. It would give the Hawks another year to figure out their goalie situation.

    Hopefully, he didn’t really find out about it on Twitter.

  • July 27, 2021 at 10:58 am
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    Stubborn StanBo strikes again. He said he didn’t want to leave Vegas, He didn’t want to be here(who can blame him right now). So why the heck did you get him anyway?? You could have had Lehner gift wrapped at a discount but you didn’t want him, you didn’t want Corey. Now look what you got. Back to the “Rebuild???”!!!! WTF is going on with this organization???

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:03 am
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    MARTY TURCO 2.0
    WOULD NOT EXPECT ANY LESS FROM BLOWMAN

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:06 am
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    Hawk One- this costs the Hawks absolutely nothing if MAF doesn’t play for the Hawks (other than the nobody they traded to Vegas).

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:07 am
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    GOOSE- Turco 2.0? Lol. Do you even watch hockey?

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:08 am
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    Hammer- if the Hawks hadn’t traded Lehner at the deadline in 2020, how were they gonna be able to extend him?

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:11 am
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    OKIE DORKIE—-ANOTHER WASHED UP GOALIE LIKE TURCO!

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:11 am
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    @okie not sure how this doesn’t cost the Hawks? Vegas is eating none of his salary so if he soft retires are you saying that we pay nothing? How is this different than Seabrook or Shaw?

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:13 am
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    Stan Bowman statement: “We’re committed to developing young players and rebuilding our roster. We want more than another window to win; we want to reach the summit again, and stay there — an effort that will require a stockpile of emerging talent to complement our top players. The influx of youth and their progression will provide roster flexibility and depth throughout our lineup.”

    Me: LOL!

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:14 am
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    StanBo never drafted a blue chip goalie. He just rents one for a year, first to back up Crawford, and now to hold down the fort for a year with the hope that K&T have enough magic to take them back to the finals. Not a winning strategy.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:34 am
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    Okie he wanted to stay, would have taken a discount. StanBo said good bye. Then tells Corey nope. “We are in a rebuild”. Turns right around one year later to pay a 36 year old goalie(yes he good but he wanted to stay in Vegas) for ONE year @ 7 million. What for??? Are we ready to make a run at the Cup?? Of course we aren’t!! WHY him why now???

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:35 am
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    Also last off season: Zadorov will allow Boqvist to pretty much roam up and down the ice. His stay at home physical presence will give JC a chance to unleash Boqvist so he can focus on offense and not so much defense. Yikes.

    Now onto the Fleury goaltending saga. Never dull that’s for sure.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:44 am
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    Hammer, exactly what I have been saying. Blackhawks do not have enough to make a run next year. So why trade so many chips for Jones and tying up so much cap for many years? We have 12 years of evidence that StanBo is a big Fail at moving this team in the right direction.

    Facing reality, last year I said they should trade Kane if they can get a nice haul. We continue to fall behind many other teams that have been retooling and ready to make a deep run. Prepare to root for your favorite non-Blackhawks teams for years to come.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:46 am
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    GOOSE- that “washed up goalie” just won the freaking Vezina, and you’re comparing him to Turco? Chicago has tbe dumbest fan base in the country. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Hawks, Bears, Cubs, Sox, Bulls, Notre Dame, etc. 90% of our fans are Just flat out ridiculously ignorant.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:49 am
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    HAMMER- Lehner specifically said he WOULDN’T take a discount to extend with the Hawks.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:53 am
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    Fleury will retire before rebuilding.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:59 am
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    Hawk One the difference is Seabrook and Shaw get to collect their salaries until end of their contracts, Fleury by retiring would forfeit his salary and it goes away. Only ones longer than 8 years signed before rules changed in 2013 have a recapture penalty. If Fleury agreed to trade and went on ir for the year he would get paid and Blackhawks mught be on the hook for his caphit but unlikely to happen, league probably step in.

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:01 pm
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    Okie – I don’t think it is a dumb fan base, but I do think that there are a bunch of Walldogs here, or even one living multiple lives. Their goal(s) is not to enhance the experience on this board, but to create chaos and worthless debate that is nothing more than entertainment to them. Say something inflammatory and then sit back and smile at the result. They target others willing to engage and frequent get rewarded for it.

    It’s a microcosm of where the USA is at today.

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:03 pm
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    Yes Bowman has made mistakes, I can’t think of a G.M. in any of my favorite sports teams has not, see Fernando Tatis. But I think this move fits a timeline for the goalie situation, and Vezina winner, I don’t care what age, 1 year sign me up.

    And when I sit and look at this roster, I see a team that is very competitive, win a cup this year, I doubt it. But I think we will be more entertained than the last few years, it is a combo of youth and vets, nothing wrong with that. It would help if we can count on Toews being close to what he was the last couple of years, and that is a big question I know.

    Roster things I would like to see is a 4th line of Carpenter-Entwistle-Hardman, might be like the Islanders line with Clutterbuck, hard to play against.
    Also I personally would just cut ties with Zadorov and Nylander, I think they would just eat up cap room and I don’t think they are winners, and I tried to give Nylander all the benefit of the dought I possibly could, I could tell Foley gave up on him after a few games, you could hear it in his voice.

    Sorry this ran this long, just had to get a few things off my chest.

    OH also, what does anybody think of the Hawks now owning the Ice Hogs? How does that change things?

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:06 pm
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    OKIE DORKIE, SILENT SPOT—BOTH ARE NOT WITH IT. YOU THINK HE IS GOING TO PLAY, 36 YRS OLD, NO DEFENSE, THE GUY WILL BE EXPOSE AND COST HIM HOF. TURCO 2.0 ALL DAY. NOT HIS PLAYING STYLE BUT HOW HIS CAREER WILL COME TO AN END. THIS ORGANIZATION IS PLAY ITS HANDS LIKE IN THE PASS, SIGNING HAS BEENS… NEED I SAY MORE? THIS ORGANIZATION WONT TURN THE PAGE TILL BLOWMAN AND KELLY IS GONE!

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:14 pm
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    Bottom line is Fleury does not want to play here….not sure what Bowman is or was thinking. More proof he is a complete moron.

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:15 pm
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    I think it’s a excellent move for 1 year..
    Wow that’s really a big move ..better then Leahner.

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:16 pm
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    We see the squawking. What is the downside? Lankinen gets a great mentor, if Fleury will come and Fleury just won the Vezina so you have high quality goaltending on Lankinen’s nights off. If Fleury won’t come, the cap hit to the Hawks is zero.

    Let’s get the facts straight on Lehner. If the Hawks had kept him, they probably wouldn’t have been able to sign him in free agency. He said, “No more discounts. I’m tired of taking discounts.” This was prior to Covid and there were rumors he wanted $8 mil and term. The Hawks still had Crawford at $6 mil.

    A lot of the Chicago fan base wants nothing but 22 year olds and rookies on the team, thinking that they will all blossom in to great players when they are 25 and then the Hawks will win Cups again for decades. “We want picks! We want picks! Don’t give up any picks under any circumstances! Give us enough picks and we will be a dynasty and win the Cup to infinity!”

    Discussing this stuff is interesting but it really gets old listening to the constant knee jerk negativity. To listen to people on the Chicago blogs, you would think Seth Jones should have been a $4 million player. Now Fleury is “washed up.”

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:17 pm
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    Silent Spot- This board is actually much better than most of the other Chicago sports related vlogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook groups, etc I follow, but yeah there’s a few real dopes who post here regularly.

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:20 pm
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    I am disappointed with the course of events this off-season has brought. Stan had a great TDL, but I was NOT a fan of chasing Jones. I get the move, just see it as a poor one based on the term and cap hit. I was not a fan of Boqvist, and I think JC said it all about him at the end of the year – something like he has to find a way to stay in the NHL. To me, that was one of the harshest comments JC made about any player. But, an NHL player at 20 who never bothered to train with weights? And now with a broken wrist is suddenly gonna get stronger? How? I won’t miss him, and I do hope for his sake he figures it out. Craig’s comment about Zadorov allowing Boqvist to be offensively unleashed reminds me of the amount of time Boqvist spent partnered with Keith, and the absolute mess they were as a tandem. I don’t know if Boqvist was a victim of Bowman, Colliton, or himself, but I personally won’t miss him. So in my opinion, Bowman didn’t necessarily overpay for acquiring Jones.

    Fleury as a Hawk was always something I didn’t like. Stupid move. Build us a freaking team, and Fleury wasn’t gonna help much other than as a flip at the TDL. Detroit stole a future #1 goalie from Carolina. Florida lost one to Seattle. Those were 2 much better options in my opinion. Yes, the cost means less risk, but it blocks development when development should be the key. If Fleury is the ultimate teacher of kid goalies – then hire his ass as a coach.

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:21 pm
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    Letting Pius Suter go for nothing will be a mark on this team too.

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:49 pm
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    I guess part of the process for these young guys is learning how to win, i don’t mean snap your fingers and another dynasty, it takes time to go through that phase too. To do that having a goalie like Fleury if he comes can add to that with 88 and 19 as leaders in that regard. Maybe he isn’t on a Blackhawks cup winner but his presence can help them take the next step. No guarantees of any cups with any process, but no certainty there won’t be either, we’re just along for the ride, hope to enjoy it.

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:51 pm
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    PS if Suter is the biggest casualty in all this that’s not so bad for a 24 year old nobody heard of this time last year.

  • July 27, 2021 at 12:51 pm
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    To the Know-It-All StanBo’s here: Lehner is making 5 million a year. He could have made it here. But sure take the 36 year old goalie for SEVEN million a year. Makes sense??? One year after trading him and telling Corey nope??

  • July 27, 2021 at 1:02 pm
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    I’m with you Silent. A curious response overall by Chicago. Some of the posters-yes as well.

  • July 27, 2021 at 1:05 pm
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    I am genuinely confused by the move. What does a one year rental do to further the development of the team unless this is somehow viewed as a “last dance” shot for T&K.

    I am not bothered by the loss of Suter. He had a decent year but needs to play wing and our forward group has to get bigger. Nick Ritchie is a knucklehead but I would rather spend my money on him than Suter.

  • July 27, 2021 at 1:08 pm
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    The rebuild is over. Bowman is going for one last blaze of glory. A house of cards is being built. Not sure how this makes the team able to skate with the Tampas, Colorados and Vegas’s if the NHL, but I guess we burn that bridge when we get to it.

    This will prove to be an interesting year, but I am concerned for the future.

  • July 27, 2021 at 1:08 pm
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    What StanBo should have done is forgot about Jones, drafted a goalie(they had their pick of the lot) and let him develop for a couple of years, if they needed capable D-Men they could have gotten 2 for the price of Jones for the quarter of the time Jones will be here(nothing against Jones mind you) until your D-Men (you know the ones StanBo has been collecting) developed and then complete your “rebuild”, pay the guys you want to keep and perhaps save his job thru the “scandal”. Isn’t that what was supposed to be the Rebuild some people wanted around here??? Now he does all this and the same people go “AttaBoy Stan”????

  • July 27, 2021 at 1:21 pm
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    Can someone answer this please, if a player has a 10 team list in his NMC and his team trades him to a team NOT on that list, can it be done ? Are they not supposed to get the approval from the player to waive his preferred team list ? How can this be done ??

  • July 27, 2021 at 1:23 pm
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    There never was a rebuild per se, where you bottom out and build from there up. Bowman said he wanted to develop some young depth and add some impact players, exactly what he did. Right or wrong, wise or unwise he is doing what he said all along.

  • July 27, 2021 at 1:25 pm
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    …nothing is more “rebuild” than trading for a $7 mil cap hit 67 year old goaltender.

  • July 27, 2021 at 1:40 pm
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    Thanks Ian. This move makes a ton more sense to me now. If he doesn’t play, no harm. If he plays, we get Lanka some days on the bench which is conducive to his learning and development.

  • July 27, 2021 at 1:40 pm
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    With this move maybe Bowman is thinking he could get back a first round draft pick next year. Let MAF mentor Lankanen then flip MAF to a contender (Tor) at the TDL, even if he has to retain salary. Then hope that the contender sucks (Tor) and Hawks end up with a high first round pick. Easy!

  • July 27, 2021 at 2:07 pm
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    “Chicago was not on Fleury’s 10-team no-trade list.”

    It’s really not that confusing. Don’t let the double negative get in the way.

    I get the Pius Suter non-tender. I just don’t like it. Not seeing why numbers couldn’t have been sorted out a while ago and we could have gotten a 5th rounder or better for him. Then again, maybe he wants to go home, or maybe he signs for less here later. I certainly wasn’t a fly on the wall!

    Scoring forwards are good things, regardless of their size.

  • July 27, 2021 at 2:12 pm
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    StanBo’s partial-rebuild strategy made sense until Seabrook became ineffective and
    Keith had shown a large decline, which was two years ago. Since then, there has been no one in the pipeline of similar first-pairing quality. Add the risky Nylander trade (bust), not signing Lehner, and the realization that the Boqvist pick was not panning out. Is that not enough information that more than a partial-rebuild is needed?

    The Jones trade and some other moves does not make this team a serious contender. Watch Walstedt anchor MIN 2-3 years from now and no 1st round pick next year, while Allan becomes a third-pairing D at best.

  • July 27, 2021 at 2:17 pm
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    I think with Suter the Hawks knew if they signed Jones the money wouldn’t be there for Suter but if they didn’t get Jones then they probably would resign Suter – since the Jones deal went down just before the entry draft they likely didn’t have time to pivot to trading Suter for a 2021 pick and no one would give them a pick post draft knowing the spot CHI was in

    Just my take

  • July 27, 2021 at 2:18 pm
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    Fleury waived his nmc to go to Vegas in expansion draft, not sure if his nmc was in effect or not since then, some rules changed around being able to still maintain nmc after waiving it.

  • July 27, 2021 at 2:23 pm
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    Just catching up on the news of Fleury and haven’t had time to read all the comments so perhaps this has been speculated on already

    Sources are saying Fleury doesn’t want to play in CHI (no surprise there) but that it seems he would play in PIT

    If true that is a golden opportunity for Stan to recoup next year’s first round pick even if he has to retain some salary (it’s only a year and Jones is still on $5.4 for this year)

    I’m sure Stan calculated these various scenarios – there doesn’t seem like there’s one that’s a loss for CHI – it’s all good – either they keep Fleury for 9 months and trade him for a first at TDL or they trade him now for a firstor Fleury retires and nothing has changed from before the trade

    There is no downside IMO

  • July 27, 2021 at 2:54 pm
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    This looks like some kind of BS between the Hawks and Vagus.
    1. He heard of the trade over the net.
    2. The Hawks are not on his list of teams he would want to be traded to.
    3. He could retire with no cap hit to the Hawks.
    Sounds like a dirty way of dumping $7M.

  • July 27, 2021 at 3:05 pm
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    I’m sure VG wants to dump his $7 million but the advantage to CHI is recouping a 2022 first either now in another trade (PIT) or at TDL

    McCrimmon is saying he talked with Fleury about CHI’s interest over the weekend so it can’t have been a total surprise

    CHI was NOT on Flowers 10 team no trade list

  • July 27, 2021 at 3:26 pm
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    Fleury is still a top five goaltender. Fleury will make the Hawks better by 10 to 15 wins and make Kevin Lankinen a better, smarter and more seasoned goaltender. Fleury is a great team leader too on the ice and off the ice. I think it’s obvious that the Hawks are trying to do what they can “right now” to make the playoffs and make a short run of it next year, with Seth Jones added. Hawks management must make the palyoffs ( heads will roll + clean house = fired ) and fans can not afford us to NOT make the playoffs. This team has floundered at best over the last 5 years. Fleury is still one of the best goaltenders when it comes playoff time. Fleury will play for the Hawks, he’s immediate response was out of frustration for sure and I don’t blame him or his family. Hawks management obviously talked to him and felt confident he’ll play and start and not be yanked around.

    I look how “average” the Canadians where and how far they went. Bowman saw it too, Hawks do have a small window to advance and not wait and build on “fuzzy, shot in the dark, unknown and hopeful draft picks”. I like the trade, the NHL is average at best and Tampa is average with an outstanding goal tender in Andrei Vasilevskiy, maybe the best in the game. It’s all about goal tending and defense. This trade will put pressure on the Hawks to make the playoffs. Certainly Kane and Toews might have wanted this to happen too, they’re in no mood to finish their tenure in a rebuild. And a wait and see development of a young core.

    They had to do something, period. Lankinen right now is not the answer when it comes to advancing in the playoffs.

    Personally I’m glad they made the trade . . .

    Go hawks

  • July 27, 2021 at 3:31 pm
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    as Wraparound says NO DOWNSIDE to this! Again (sorry to repeat myself ) the NHL is average at this point so a 10 to 15 win improvement get them into the playoffs and that’s where Fleury shines. A healthy Toews and Jones should be enough to improve this team. Yaaaaa gottttta do some’n?

  • July 27, 2021 at 4:24 pm
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    The problem is when the Hawks draft a player they hype him up so high that the fans think he’s the second coming. Not many players can live up to that and the pressure is way more than they can take.

  • July 27, 2021 at 4:25 pm
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    No one believed me when I said Bowman and Colliton are desperate to make the playoffs this year.

    Giving young players playing time to find the next Niemi or Crow be damned.

  • July 27, 2021 at 4:43 pm
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    A few exceptions to this rule. If you are a fellow GM in this league and you see, Bowman, S coming up on your caller ID, you have to be giggling and farting at the same time in excited anticipation.

  • July 27, 2021 at 5:04 pm
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    H1 – you realize that CHI has a very valuable asset (the current Vezina winner) and will get a very nice return for him either now from PIT or at TDL when teams who think they’re Cup contenders will pay a premium

    You knew that right?

  • July 27, 2021 at 5:31 pm
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    A couple of things to keep in mind since a lot of the comments seem to allude to the fact that this move puts the Hawks in a bad position when that’s not the case..

    1. Stan is Scotty Bowman’s son..Scotty always believed that the goaltender was the most important predicator of playoff success..Stan obviously agrees as well..I’m sure he loved the Crawford/Lehner tandem a couple of years ago and he saw an opportunity to form a one year tandem of Fleury/Lankinen..what GM wouldn’t at least take a shot if presented with that opportunity? Especially if there were no assets moved from the Hawks standpoint.

    2. With the way the nhl schedule was designed this year(to accommodate the olympic break), there will be more back to back games then usual..teams that have a strong tandem in net this year will have a real advantage as the split between goalies this year could easily be more like 47-35 instead of the usual 55-27 or so..it’s not a bad risk to take because of the schedule design for this specific season.

    3. If Fleury really does retire, then the Hawks move on. I don’t think we were going to be significant players in free agency anyway, so it’s not like Fleury is tying up all this cap space that the Hawks were going to put to work Wed morning.

    4. If Fleury does want to go to Pittsburgh, then the Hawks can at least recoup assets in return for losing the netminder they just acquired..

    I just don’t see a lot of downside here..it may delay our roster construction for a bit while we determine if Fleury will play, what they want to do with Zadorov, etc..but otherwise, it’s a calculated risk with a lot of potential upside for the Hawks..or it’s a wash and it will be like it never happened..

  • July 27, 2021 at 5:33 pm
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    Hawk one Holland was giggling when he called about Keith i guess.

  • July 27, 2021 at 5:35 pm
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    JG – if Fleury plays for CHI it’ll be very beneficial for Lankinen – it won’t impede his progress rather it’ll speed it up with him being mentored by MAF for 9 months and then Fleury will be gone by TDL

    I don’t how this is preventing the Hawks from finding the next Niemi or Crawford

    That said chances are good Flower never plays for the Hawks anyway

  • July 27, 2021 at 5:40 pm
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    Slayer – good points – also a team can exceed the cap by 10% in the summer (that’s $8 million) and the Hawks could use one of Shaw or Seabrook’s LTIR in the summer if needed to keep cap compliant

    If they wanted to do much free agency business I don’t think they are going to be that hamstrung by this deal although the sooner they can find out Fleury’s intentions the better

  • July 27, 2021 at 6:01 pm
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    If Fleury retires this gets real interesting. Seems like Vegas circumventing the CAP to me as they also get a serviceable player while doing it. Fleury claims that he first learned of the trade on Twitter and no one from Vegas ever spoke to him about a possible trade to Chicago. Vegas Executives claim they informed Fleury over the weekend of the possibility of being traded to Chicago. Someone is less than honest here and this whole thing stinks to me. I’m sure the NHL will be looking deep into this. Wrap, You’re my guy but I have to respectfully disagree with your Pius Suter-Seth Jones theory. I believe the Hawks were getting Jones no matter what happened with little Suter,who seems to prefer the large Swiss/Euro Ice Surfaces and much less physical contact. Good to see him hit the door if that is what happens.

  • July 27, 2021 at 6:28 pm
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    @slayer7: If Fleury wanted to go to Pittsburgh then why the heck did StanBo have to jump into the fray??? For example: Lets say Fleury decides to play for the Hawks. Stan’s on the hook for the 7 million which won’t allow him to spend any more for pieces we need in order to win. So the only way Fleury leaves is if we suck once again, now he could maybe get us 5 more wins I’m sure if he’s still “Fleury” but there’s no way he’s going to lead us into the promised land all by himself. And if StanBo decides we suck again this year and tries to peddle Fleury, do you think he’ll get a 1st round pick for him??? I doubt it. All this is about is saving face and praying he can get into the playoffs to save his job. This was supposed to be(right StanBo supporters???) a rebuild that will take “years”. And they supported this. StanBo threw that right out the window this week and said basically the future is now.

  • July 27, 2021 at 7:12 pm
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    Tim -respectfully and to be clear I was only suggesting that whether Suter was resigned or not could have been tied to whether or not they traded for and extended Jones

    Otherwise if they knew they weren’t bringing Suter back regardless of the Jones situation then why not trade him for anything rather than let him walk for nothing unless they tried and there were no takers – it’s possible

  • July 27, 2021 at 7:12 pm
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    @hammer time..Fleury didn’t want to go anywhere..he wanted to finish his career in Vegas..it seems that it was Vegas that decided they wanted to try and move him to get rid of his cap hit..the Hawks apparently weren’t on his modified 10 team no trade list and they had the cap space so Vegas moved him..as for why he may want to go to Pittsburgh now? Well, now that he knows he won’t be able to finish the last year of his contract in Vegas, he may want to go home to Pittsburgh if he decides he doesn’t want to retire..and if he does, then the Hawks are in a unique position to absorb some of his cap hit for one season and make a trade with Pittsburgh, who wouldn’t be able to absorb his full cap hit on their own..so either he plays for the Hawks for one year, or the Hawks become a ”broker” and essentially become the third team in a Vegas-Pittsburgh trade..I really don’t see the issue..the Hawks weren’t going to spend any money on free agents this year anyway, we already have 16-17 forwards competing for jobs next year and we have a crowded blueline too..as for what they would get back for Fleury if they traded him at this year’s tdl, well Lehner brought back a 2nd rounder, Subban, and Slava Denim..so while the Hawks may not be able to grab a 1st, there should be an opportunity to bring back some assets if it came to that point next year..

  • July 27, 2021 at 7:15 pm
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    Hammer – Fleury is the Vezina winner for best goalie in the league – if you think he can’t bring back a first at TDL to a contender looking for an upgrade in goal I don’t want you to be GM

  • July 27, 2021 at 8:28 pm
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    The Ryan Pace of NHL GMs. Pay no attention to his past drafts.

  • July 27, 2021 at 8:53 pm
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    Slayer trade Fleury to Pens and retain half his caphit for a couple of picks. Then sign Holtby who is being bought to a 1 year deal and flip him at tdl for more prospects or picks.

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:01 pm
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    Thumbs up Ian

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:08 pm
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    Old, expensive BUT…. Better that what we have.

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:15 pm
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    Ahh man I hate to lose Hakkarainen wtf Bowman you suck the worst.

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm
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    This is like having Crow back for his last 5 yrs 35-40.

    Maybe Bowman was watching the movie ‘the draft’ Costner.

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:25 pm
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    and now they move seabs and pick up Tyler Johnson and a 2nd from Tampa.

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:27 pm
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    Guess we know now why Suter was let walk.

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:33 pm
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    Stan is on some kinda roll

    TB will put Seabs on LTIR

    If MAF plays in CHI I guess we know the Hawks won’t be doing any or very little UFA shopping

    I’m guessing we’ll see some bodies moved out now Z or DeHaan maybe Strome Subban

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:43 pm
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    Just for gauge, with current contracts not factoring 8n Hagel and Nylander yet. The Blackhawks counting Fleury and Johnson, plus?all biggies Shaw, Strome, Connelly, Dehasn, they sit about 78m, with one spot for Zadorov. With Shaw on off season ltir they can start season at 85.4m but lose in season wiggle room so maybe some cap will be moved and Shaw on in season ltir to give room to work during season.

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:44 pm
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    Maybe Shaw moved yet too.

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:47 pm
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    Let’s see if he plays. Have heard talk of retirement. If he plays…..great move by SB. He should bring a good haul at TDL.

  • July 27, 2021 at 9:52 pm
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    So much for the little guy forwards on the team already being filled… LOL!!!

    Veteran presence.

  • July 27, 2021 at 10:02 pm
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    Possibilities

    Teows is not coming back

    Sell him at TDL for picks to a real contender w goalie issues.

    SB went on a bender and he is in a Manic state of mind not seen since Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker ….and thinks Hawks can actually make a run this year.

  • July 27, 2021 at 10:02 pm
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    SS – yes the little guy comment was mine but I was impressed with how hard Johnson played in the playoffs especially in the Final after Killorn went down – he really stepped up – plays a 200 ‘ game and has skill and is tougher than I realized

    But surely that fills the little guy quota now – sorry Vinnie

  • July 27, 2021 at 10:06 pm
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    PIt paper reporting Penguins not interested in Fleury and Fleury himself releasing statement thanking VG fans but not mentioning retirement so maybe he does come and play in CHI

  • July 27, 2021 at 10:33 pm
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    If Stan could free up some more cap space by trading some combo of CDH Z Strome Subban then maybe sign another solid F like David Savard – 4 x $6?

  • July 27, 2021 at 10:34 pm
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    Solid D not F – sorry

  • July 27, 2021 at 10:37 pm
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    Indeed Wrap – Johnson busted butt! I am always a fan of that attitude. I like the player and a 2nd rounder in 23 I think.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:02 pm
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    I would guess that this seals the fate of Strome at the very least. I like Tyler. He is fast and plays hard. You can play him up and down the lineup. I know he is expensive but if it means that Strome,Nylander,Kamph,and Carpenter are somewhere else in a couple of months,I like it. Not lets move Zadorov and China Doll DeHaan. Maybe something interesting is being assembled here. If nothing else it is going to look a lot different compared to last season and that is a good thing.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:05 pm
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    I still think Jones is here for the long run and this goalie is sort term for one of those good summer ufa adds we did last summer for tradeline returns.

    Those get us good picks.

    Same thing here.

    ERIK LINSNER
    July 27, 2021 at 11:53 am
    Fleury will retire before rebuilding.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:05 pm
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    David Savard would be a nice pickup. I would take him over Zadorov in a heartbeat.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:06 pm
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    What difference does it makes to add Jones/or any top pair guy this summer or in summer of 24? We have to add two and a bunch of good FW to have a top 5 roster.

    Whats the big deal about adding some of what we need in next 36 mths each summer.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:08 pm
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    This. And this is why were still in rebuild just starting to add some of the missing puzzle pieces for the best 23man we can assemble as we go along and not all at last second in summer of 24.

    MIKE R
    July 27, 2021 at 9:47 pm
    Let’s see if he plays. Have heard talk of retirement. If he plays…..great move by SB. He should bring a good haul at TDL.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:14 pm
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    I like this post. Not sure we can go to finals in Campbell conference playoff sch but if we were playing that all Canadian 56 game sch and all Canadian first two rounds in playoffs then we could go to finals.

    I like the trade even if its just a tradeline thing and maybe we resign him and then do a tradeline thing.

    When are we top 5 again 2024? more like 2025. Didnt Thomas win Cup when he was 40 and still a top goalie.
    KNUCKLE HEAD
    July 27, 2021 at 3:26 pm
    Fleury is still a top five goaltender. Fleury will make the Hawks better by 10 to 15 wins and make Kevin Lankinen a better, smarter and more seasoned goaltender. Fleury is a great team leader too on the ice and off the ice. I think it’s obvious that the Hawks are trying to do what they can “right now” to make the playoffs and make a short run of it next year, with Seth Jones added. Hawks management must make the palyoffs ( heads will roll + clean house = fired ) and fans can not afford us to NOT make the playoffs. This team has floundered at best over the last 5 years. Fleury is still one of the best goaltenders when it comes playoff time. Fleury will play for the Hawks, he’s immediate response was out of frustration for sure and I don’t blame him or his family. Hawks management obviously talked to him and felt confident he’ll play and start and not be yanked around.

    I look how “average” the Canadians where and how far they went. Bowman saw it too, Hawks do have a small window to advance and not wait and build on “fuzzy, shot in the dark, unknown and hopeful draft picks”. I like the trade, the NHL is average at best and Tampa is average with an outstanding goal tender in Andrei Vasilevskiy, maybe the best in the game. It’s all about goal tending and defense. This trade will put pressure on the Hawks to make the playoffs. Certainly Kane and Toews might have wanted this to happen too, they’re in no mood to finish their tenure in a rebuild. And a wait and see development of a young core.

    They had to do something, period. Lankinen right now is not the answer when it comes to advancing in the playoffs.

    Personally I’m glad they made the trade . . .

    Go hawks

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:17 pm
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    This might not get us a 11th pick back though could be mid 1st and get that 1st pick back taht we traded to get Seth Jones.

    Maybe just maybe Bowman was watching the movie ‘the draft’ Costner.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:33 pm
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    @wrap. I like the pickup as mentioned ?that doesn’t make Bowman a genius. Let’s ease up on moving a guy that we are unsure of at best playing for the Hawks for a 1st rounder at the tdl. The strategy here is all over the map, hence the comment. Let’s not crown Stan just yet.

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    “Letting Pius Suter go for nothing will be a mark on this team too.” — Tyler Johnson took his spot?

  • July 28, 2021 at 8:15 am
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    @Wrap: I don’t care who the GM of the Hawks is: As long as its not the guy we have now. You can be the GM. I don’t care. I’m too old for the job and wouldn’t have the patience to try to undo whatever the heck he is doing.

  • July 28, 2021 at 8:33 am
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    I will watch with detached amusement how all things Blackhawks will play out over the next 9 or 10 months. My expectations are:

    1. The John Doe lawsuit will be settled out of court with no admission of wrong doing and no disclosure of financial term or other details.
    2. Colliton will continue to shorten his bench and play Kane until they he is burnt out.
    3. Toews will be there for the opening face-off but call it quits soon thereafter.
    4. Danny Wirtz and Jamie Faulkner will continue to remove anyone they think is too critical of the Blackhawks and replace them with choir members. Foley is a goner. Troy Murray is next.
    5. The Blackhawks will nearly make the playoffs – either barely make it or barely miss.

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