Blackhawks Place Bryan Bickell On Waivers

Bickell, 29 (in age and number), has been an overwhelming disappointment since signing a four-year, $16M contract in the wake of the 2013 Stanley Cup championship.

After posting 17 points in 23 games during the 2013 playoffs, Bickell has only produced 43 points over 139 regular season games during the last two years. 

When training camp opened, Bickell admitted that he was still dealing with vertigo. Chicago has been widely rumored to be desperately trying to trade Bickell, but haven’t found any takers. 

75 thoughts on “Blackhawks Place Bryan Bickell On Waivers

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:07 am

    He’s been “off” since his new contract, … we’re all hoping for better days for Bryan.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:08 am

    So what does this mean? What are the realities for the Hawks if he’s claimed or if he’s not?

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Tony, if he’s claimed then they let him go. If he’s not claimed, it opens up more possibilities for them, one of which I believe is assigning him to Rockford … but they won’t get much cap relief if they do that.

    I’d be very surprised if anyone claims Bickell at his salary.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I had a feeling this was coming. His performance last night was weak again so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be sent down to Rockford once he clears waivers. I’ve got to believe that Dano will be back up very soon.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I don’t what I’m more surprised about. Dano being sent down, or Bickell on waivers. I wonder if Stan made some calls and GMs said they might be able to give Bickell away. They only save 950k in cap if he’s in Rockford.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Good move by Stan and Q. I doubt he will be picked up on waivers but why not try. It is obvious that there is too much forward talent on the Hawks to waste a roster spot on Bickel. Hopefully his career with the Hawks is over.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Ernice, thanks for the cap confirm, I knew they couldn’t just bury the $4M if in fact they send him down.

    There’s some musical chairs going on so we’ll see who sits where when the music stops. Several last minute guys being waived across the league. Leighton also on waivers which was totally to be expected.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

    long overdue. Dude has always been a bum. Bad contract, bad player, good riddance I hope

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Huge mistake by Bowman signing Tikhkonov to $1M guaranteed contract. Zero reason to do that. For a team that is now lacking offense after losing Saad & Sharp, sign a guy like this w/ zero proven track record. The forwards (Ross, Rassmussen, Hartman, Hinostroza and even Mashinter) who were cut are better qualified to be on the team. And others who were previously cut.

    Rash summer decision. For a team so tight against the salary cap. His salary is greater than Desjardins and not much lower than Kruger’s. Big fat “F” for Bowman on this one.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:35 am

    bit off topic, but on the note of all this roster juggling, isn’t it correct that Cumiskey still doesn’t have an actual contract? Tab or anyone else have any insight on that?

    Have to think Dano comes back up; without him and Bickell they only have 12 forwards.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Hof, The max that can be buried is the league minimum+375k. This year the league minimum is 575k. So the max that can be buried is 950.

    Cumiskey is still on a pto.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Iceman – Tikhonov’s contract is irrelevant. If they put him on waivers and he isn’t claimed then he goes to Rockford and Hawks get $950k in cap relief. The guarantee just means that he would get paid the same amount in Rockford as in Chicago. This also doesn’t mean that he is a lock to stay in Chicago all year.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Iceman, waaaaaaay too soon to be reaching those kinds of conclusions. None of the guys you mentioned have track records either. Tikhonov has some skill and experience, and he brings versatility. Let’s see what he adds if he’s in the lineup, and how he performs before passing judgement too early.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Thanks, Hof. I, too, doubt that anyone is going to claim him at his price.

  • October 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm


    You have either done a tremendous amount of extensive scouting on Tikhonov, or you are coming out a wee bit strong on this topic. I will choose to take 2-3 months to see what, if any, contributions Tikhonov makes to the team, prior to awarding scathing grades to our GM, who has been a part of delivering three Cups to us fans. Doesn’t that warrant a little bit of grace?

  • October 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Dude was a beast in the 2013 playoffs, and was a big contributor to that Cup. So comments like “Dude has always been a bum. Bad contract, bad player, good riddance I hope” are ignorant. Internet commenting by armchair GMs at its worst.

    That said, it was a bad contract to award someone that kind of raise and that kind of money after one good playoff year. His $4m/year is based almost solely on 2 months of (really) good play. He just hasn’t come close to that kind of showing since. If he was making a quarter of the money he’d be a nice fit on the 4th line… Bickell is a perfect candidate for an incentive-based contract, where his base salary is low but he can earn more with ’13 playoffs-type numbers. Short of that, unfortunately he’s going to be an expensive odd-man-out on this Hawks roster, so we should wish him the best somewhere else.

  • October 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Thikonov is also Panarin’s caddy. Latter speaks no English and brass is worried about his assimilation. Thikonov has some skill which is why is was high pick by Gretzky’s ‘Yotes. I saw him at ND and he was decent. A little premature to write him off, IMHO.

  • October 2, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Tikhonov speaks Russian and English. (Panarin’s linemate in the KHL)

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    We’ve probably seen the last of Bryan. Yes, last two seasons quite underwhelming but, you know, the man will forever replay a huge Stanley Cup Finals goal in his dreams forever. That and his $16M should send him into next phase of life in good stead.

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    If a team would want him wouldn’t they demand some assets from the Hawks ?
    Why would you claim him from the waiver wire when you could have traded for him and demanded some salary relief, some players or/and draft picks ?

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    iceman jumped the shark pretty hard… wow. let’s wait until the dust settles before the peanut gallery starts handing out letter grades for a 3-time Cup champion GM eh?

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I completely agree with Wirtz’s comment above. Tikhonov played extensively with Panarin in Russia and is helping him acclimate to American culture so on top of being a really solid hockey player, the Hawks are banking on him making Artemi more comfortable in Chicago. Which in my opinion, makes him very important to keep around.

    Bear in mind, he is a good skater and has good vision in both zones and is a guy who can be valuable on the PK. I think he’ll be worth the money.

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Quenneville dodged questions about Bickell after practice – connecting the (obvious) dots it seems clear they’re going to move him if/when he clears waivers, and by “move” I mean AHL.

    I still think they are not done tweaking the bottom of the roster … but I don’t have a calculator handy because surely salary cap will drive the move(s).

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    MS: excellent point, spot-on re: the cap hit aspect of my post. I stand corrected re: that issue.

    As far as Tikohnov the player, I stand by my comments 1000%. Does Bowman not trust his scouting and selections of the gazillion other forwards playing in Rockford/college/etc? Wayne Gretzky was a horrendous talent evaluator as GM and/or coach. Please. Does Panarin need Jack Haley, Jr. (may he rest in peace) around like the Bulls had for Rodman? Please. There was no need to sign this guy. Period. I supported Bowman trading Saad (see all those archived posts). I am making my position clear and upfront, I don’t need to see anymore. How often does a player fail to make the NHL, go to Europe, and come back gangbusters? Please.

    If Dano is getting sent down to “work on his game and the Hawks’ system” (per Q today), then what about this guy as well? Everyone who posts w/in this forum (w/ the exception of Mr. Rufus’ generally baseless posts) has a good understanding of who can play and who can’t. So at best, Tikohnov should have gone to Rockford, and one of the forwards sent down should have remained on the team. If there are 13 forwards in Rockford, it’s fair to say w/out listing them that at least nine of them are better players than him. Morin is a far, far better player than Tikohnov.

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    And here is how the Bickell story ends.
    Great guy, bad contract.

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    The only thing I can say to Iceman’s latest post is something I’ve said many times here. The Blackhawks do not like to rush their prospects. Right or wrong, they don’t rush them and prefer their prospects are “over ready”.

    It is the way they do business and I do not see that changing. It is not as if the hockey opps staff doesn’t have faith in the Hartman’s, Ross’s, and so on in Rockford, it is more a case of balancing versatility, experience/development needs, contract, performance, and fit.

    I’m sure they will adjust in short order if any of those variables change.

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Tikhonov has played well enough to stick with the team. Better than Morin anyways…I could be wrong but I think Tikhonov has the same contract stipulation as Panarin which means if sent through waivers, he can elect to avoid Rockford and go back to the KHL instead. But again, if a little mentoring is the difference between Panarin being average and Panarin being great, wouldn’t you take the chance and keep Tikhonov around?

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    As an aside, anyone heard anything further about Hawks giving Kruger another year and more $ on his deal as a reward for his loyalty,patience and great play?

    I read that the sides were talking about a week ago and have heard nothing further.

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Bickell for Nikitin? Nikitin’s cap hit is $4.5 million.

  • October 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Would love to see Paille and Lubomir Vishnovsky on the roster.

  • October 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Nevermind the 13th forward debate — not the first time I’ve been fixated on it (see Bollig …).

    In Saad & Sharp, the Hawks’ have lost 45-50 goals per year (that’s including Sharp’s injuries and the lockout ’13 season). From who will the Hawks replace these goals? Or come even close to it? I will open the forum to all.

  • October 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    PS. That is Sharp & Saad combined of course.

  • October 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Iceman – How about from these 3

    Panarin 20
    Dano 15
    Teuvo 15 more last year

    equals 50

  • October 2, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Hof……..good observation about the Hawks taking their time with the kids. I remember back in the day seeing the kids rushed to the NHL, failing miserably, and being kicked to the curb. Different game, different world!!

  • October 2, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Remember, Dano didn’t play in many games last year at Columbus – what was it, 35? – and that was after spending significant time in their system. Granted, he played great when he came up and has all of skills and tools to be a great NHL player. But adjusting to a new new system, a proven championship system, if I may say so, is more difficult than we imagine, especially for a 20 year old. I don’t think spending a bit of time in Rockford is a bad thing at all. Hopefully it will energize and inspire the kid to play great hockey and earn his way back. I don’t think they’ll keep him there very long.

  • October 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Prediction: once Bickell clears waivers Paille is called up.

  • October 2, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I don’t think it was mentioned in this article or the comments, but Tab says Bickell has a NTC in an earlier article making things even more difficult for Bowman. Would Bickell even waive it if the Hawks had a deal on the table?

    Not knocking Bowman on his overall performance, but the Bickell deal 2 years ago was a solid D when it happened and an F in hindsight and I’m guessing is the deal he most regrets signing off on since being given the GM position.

  • October 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Dave you may well be right but let’s not forget they need to get him signed to a contract. I don’t think the two parties would have a problem agreeing on a number, but it will come down to what can the Blackhawks spend. And do they want to spend it on a forward or a defenseman. Color me not sold on Svedberg, not yet anyway.

  • October 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Bickell is a class human being. I wish the best for him. He gave what he could give to this franchise and was a proud member. I hope he can achieve good health and life going forward.

    Dano? He needs to grow and eventually he will fit here. The Q style demands great accountability and discipline. He needs to learn this and he will learn this. Whether it takes a month or 6 months who knows. But I will never question a model in play in Chicago that has resulted in dominance, championships and glory. The guys in charge at West Madison Street know what they are doing.

  • October 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    It really bothers me to see folks hammering SB for the Bickell contract without any other context. For example I rarely see mention of the below the radar signings of Darling and TVR or the 5th round selection of Shaw. Panarin and Baun are just the latest examples of guys that any team could have had yet SB got them signed. These are the true measures of great GM’s as they all make mistakes along the way. It’s about a high batting average, not being perfect.

  • October 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    MS. Well said. SB has a solid average as a gm.

  • October 2, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I respectfully disagree at the shots at the GM and bickell: they are short sighted and unfair given the facts at the time of the signing and the performance over time of stan and scotty bowman:

    hindsight is so clear: bickell took less money and maybe term than he could after 2013 cup and everyone seems to forget that: that signing looked very wise at the time and bickell looked loyal for staying for less. and the vast majority of the fan base applauded it at the time and were relieved bickell didn’t go get 5M per somewhere else which he could have coming off his performance to win 2013.

    agreed bickell is a classy person who gave a lot including being a key ingredient for at least one cup in 2013

    no GM who ever GM’d hasn’t signed a few players who fell off the table in health or desire or skill or whatever

    if you don’t think stan and scotty are a team you are fooling yourself: the day scotty was hired I bought my four season tix again after letting them lapse in the lean years: I knew cups were coming and come they have: 3 times and counting

    the rest of the league is trying to mimic what the bowmans have done right now, same as everyone tried to mimic scotty in det? remember when scotty brought in 5 russians and told the coaches to leave them alone and let them show the nhl a different way to play? the rest of that is history

    now we have stan and scotty rebuilding half the team three times following cup wins: after two complete makeovers, we won two more cups: and we are going to pan individual moves by stan before the season starts and pile on about one unfortunate signing: not I:

    besides the 17 or so rings they have earned, what better proof in their ability than winning a couple more cups after a couple roster blowups? no GM in the league has had the guts or talent to try it much less succeed at it. remember how stan “vastly overpaid” for vermette? we don’t win the cup without vermette. looks brilliant at the moment, but how soon we forget and get back to the negative keys on the keyboard…

    just like the godfather, it is nothing personal, strictly business with the bowmans : ask brandon saad: you can bet on whomever you want, but “in bowmans I trust”: just count the rings: can’t wait for another great season and a few more years of a real shot at a cup,

    thx again tab for a great forum for us and all our crazy passionate opinions: love reading everyone even when I disagree: now let’s goforfour!



  • October 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Im sorry Stan Bowman has done excellent job with acquiring talent, that cant really be question he however has fail miserabily retaining that talent.

    Losing Saad, Leddy, Seabs awful extension, Bickells awful contract, retaining Hayes, letting Ladd skate out of town, getting nothing for Buff.

    I get it, winning comes with a price but im sorry some of these roster moves have sucked! Just like this offseason has largely sucked.

  • October 2, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Ernie, thanks for mentioning that. I asked last wk if it still was .550 plus .375, didn’t realize min was .575 now.

  • October 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Got to weigh in on Bickel. He was rewarded for one short stint of play. He played with our best players. I’ve watched him from day 1 with the big club. He was a marginal player who played well on the TEAM that won a cup, He could not take more then 3 strides and shoot the puck, never mind stick handle it. He did more for the Hawks than any of us ever did or will do, wish him well, he’s done in the NHL
    Give a thumbs up to Hockey Operations, they have performed well. Big Thank You To Rocky. I’ve been a fan for 50+ years and you’ve done the most for the fans.

  • October 2, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Bickell/ aka Handcuffs – might finally be gone- Can I get an Amen!!!
    But his Handcuffs are still here!

    Dano- gotta think – he has a concussion from 1st pre-season game… guy has looked sloppy ever since he got rocked…

    Hino- looked great…

    72/Hino/Kane… that would be one FAST line that would make the “triplets ” look like Bruno/Handzus/Bickell

  • October 2, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Southside, I don’t understand (“Losing Saad, Leddy, Seabs awful extension, Bickells awful contract, retaining Hayes, letting Ladd skate out of town, getting nothing for Buff.”) — Saad and his agent priced Saad out of town (and, the Hawks may have gotten more than “fair value” in return – it remains to be seen). Leddy – some Cap space had to go, and Leddy was in position to demand a large raise (difficult, if not impossible to fit into Chicago’s Cap situation) – if not Leddy, who would you have moved? Keep in mind the desirability/market value of Leddy compared to the alternatives. Seabrook’s extension “awful”? – it remains to be seen…right now he’s worth it (and maybe more). Retaining Hayes? — Hayes didn’t want to play in Chicago…what teams let college seniors dictate terms? Andrew Ladd? — again, who would you have moved after the 2010 Cup? Sharp? In my opinion, Stan Bowman made the correct (best) choices considering circumstances. Bickell’s awful contract – OK, I agree with you. But, at that time, right after his 2013 post season: 23GP 9G 8A 17PTS +11 14PM 1PP 2 GW, the deal looked like it could possibly be good…obviously, he played with Toews and Hossa (or Kane) a lot, but who really could foresee such a decline during the following years? (Back to Saad, he played a lot with Toews and Hossa — that should be considered in any evaluation.)

    Bottom line – GO HAWKS!!

  • October 2, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Southside, Oh, and “getting nothing for Buff” – he also was in position to demand a large raise (he got 5 years/$26) the Hawks couldn’t afford. Some good players unfortunately had to go (- the Hawks did get a 1st and 2nd in addition to Morin, Reasoner, and Crabb, with Eager and Sopel accompanying Byfuglien to Atlanta). Do you remember how Buff slept-thru at least half of the regular season games? That may have figured into Stan’s decision?

  • October 2, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    with all due respect to SSHM’s weak sauce sob story about “[Bowman] however has fail miserabily retaining that talent.”

    It’s called a salary cap. It’s been around for more than a decade. The dynasties of the past were built on the shoulders of owners able and willing to pay more than the next guy to keep everyone without any consequence for having his payroll be double his competition. The league instituted the salary cap so more teams could compete, and it has been a ridiculous success in that regard.

    “winning comes with a price but I’m sorry some of these roster moves have sucked!” would someone please pass the Kleenex?

    Did the Blackhawks gets almost nothing in return for the fire sale in 2010? If you ignore the fact that they were able to retain 2, 19 and 88 then yes, they didn’t get much return for those players. If you consider they made tough choices to keep the core, elite, superstar players here, then they made the right choices.

    While that Kleenex box is out, can we move down the line? SSHM missed a few names.

    “The Blackhawks will never win another championship without:

    And yet, there they were in 2013 – terrible roster decisions included – handing the Cup to Jonathan Toews a second time.

    “The Blackhawks will never win another championship without:

    And, in spite of more alleged stupidity, there they were for a third time in six seasons with the Cup in Toews’ hands on center ice.

    Please forgive me when I protest a bit when we now have a bitch & moan parade that starts with “The Blackhawks will never win another championship without” and we’re now talking about Sharp, Saad, Oduya.

    So in response to SouthSiteHawkMan: you’re right. Because he happens to have some of the elite players on the planet, and is paying them as such, Bowman hasn’t been able to retain everyone in a salary cap-dictated NHL. But to ignore the fact that, time after time, he’s successfully replaced those players and kept the team at/near the top of the league is both naive and irresponsible.

  • October 2, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Amen, Tab. Way to lay out the unfettered truth: Bowman has managed things fantastically.

    People can quibble with individual moves, but not with the big picture: terrific success.

    We’re living in special times, fellas. Let’s enjoy it.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Tab, “You said it.”

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    We’re lucky to be fans of an exceptional championship team in the salary cap era. Even though at times I curse the constraints the cap places on teams, I wouldn’t have it any other way, for a number of reasons. Primary among them is the just the plain and simple fact that being a hockey fan is fun, because the league is vibrant and competitive, set up so all can compete and no one team has an unfair edge. So that means it should be next to impossible to sustain success for more than a year or two. Given that reality, when you look at what we’ve done, winning three cups in six years in an era that was deliberately structured to prevent that from happening, you have to think to yourself, well how did we do that? If Stan Bowman’s name isn’t a part of your answer, you’re delusional.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Great post Tab.

    I for one will always remember Bickell’s goal in game 6 at Boston and Doc Emrick yelling “it’s Bickell”. What a performance he had in 2013.

    It appears his body has failed him. In contact sports that happens. A guy with Vertigo and knee issues is not long for the greatest, fastest league in the world.

    I do remember being thrilled on the day of the 2013 draft being thrilled that the Hawks retained Bickell. At that time, it was a good deal. Stan got roughly 4 draft picks that same day for Bolland and Frolik and kept his main off season target Bickell. Bolland has struggled mightily elsewhere and his health has failed him as well. Frolik has turned into a fantastic player, so much so he got a big pay day. Like Tab pointed out above, that’s life in the NHL salary cap world.

    I did read tweets from around the league tonight with various beat writers saying this is a wake up call for Bickell. That is just plain foolish. It’s a young fast league and you either keep or get left behind. It obvious where Bickell is career wise.

    Stan and company will sort it out. He’s a patient patient man who does nothing knee jerk.

  • October 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

    So the Blackhawks win the SC in ’10 while having great production from the power forward position. They fail badly the net 2 years, then in ’13 they again win with great power forward production. It’s fair to say they might believe the power forward production is a key component of their success…so they decide to retain Bickell paying him MARKET VALUE.
    The problem is that the player under performs. Just look at his numbers the past 3 years.
    187 regular season games…. 66 points (~35%)
    50 playoff games………………. 32 points (~65%)
    If he would have had in the RG his Playoff production he’d have had 119 points.

    You pay with your eyes closed 4M/year for a power forward with such production:
    187 regular season games…. 119 points (~65%)
    50 playoff games………………. 32 points (~65%)

    You don’ believe me ? Look at Brandon Saad’s production in the last 3 years.
    206 regular season games…. 126 points (~60%)
    65 playoff games………………. 33 points (~50%)

    I don’t have a problem with their decision making on the matter. They paid market value for a player they thought they highly needed. He underperformed outside of the realms of basic logic. All inside the norm of GM decision making.

  • October 3, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Obviously Hawks fans should continue to give Bowman the benefit of any doubts they might have given the incredible success of the team. Of course, we still get to comment on what we like and didn’t like despite the incredible success. My two cents is I would have preferred it if they kept Big Buff and I realize they would have had to have given up Sharpie at the time. Obviously, the Hawks kept winning without Buff so its hard to speak negatively about any decision. But I just feel that Buff is a unique player that helped create an awesome identity for the team and I wish he stayed. I also don’t think they got much for him in the end. I will let someone else comment on what they ended up getting back for him. Winnipeg is a hard nosed team that was fun to watch last year with Ladd/Buff/Wheeler/Fro. Of course, they got swept by the Ducks so what do I know :) Go Hawks.

  • October 3, 2015 at 8:07 am

    The only move that I have a problem with is the Timonen deal last spring. A high draft pick for a rental who didn’t contribute much was too high a price. But hey, who’s perfect. Overall given the cap, SB and the organization have done a great job. In the end it’s all about the Cup and the Hawks have three this decade – so far – and it’s only 2015.

  • October 3, 2015 at 8:22 am

    The beat guys specifically asked Quenneville yesterday if Bickel was healthy, Q said he was. Which would seem to rule out LTIR.

    There was some speculation yesterday about Bickel going on waivers to possibly stimulate conversations with other teams … hard to buy that … seems like all the conversations would’ve been done and this is a last resort.

    Kane commented on Bickell yesterday, saying something like I hope he plays well adn gets back up here soon, so maybe the players know Bickell will be reassigned to Rockford. As for the wake up call angle, that’s hard to swallow.

    If you watch the press conference after practice yesterday, notice the knowing little smile Quenneville had on his face wen asked specifically whether the team will be comprised of players currently here – he commented there’s probably a decision or two still coming. What that means, who knows, but whatever it is we will know soon.

  • October 3, 2015 at 9:34 am

    The bottom line on Stan Bowman and Joel Quienville:
    7 seasons, 5 conference final appearances, 3 Stanley Cups.

    No one person or group of people can make the right decision 100% of the time. But in the grand scheme of things……..who is better??

  • October 3, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I would rather have a GM like Stan who tries to make changes and get better. Too many GM’s fall in love with certain players and then when it comes time to cut the ties, they can’t.

    We are in a good situation with some young, talented players. Let’s just get the season started!!

  • October 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Ahh the human condition in action:

    3 Cups in 6 years – not good enough!

    If Kane would’a If Bickell could’a Bowman should’a…

    We always gotta bitch about something…

    I guess it could be worse… (Bears)

  • October 3, 2015 at 10:39 am

    take this fwiw – Saturday morning skate lines

  • October 3, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Bickell skating on the 3rd line in the morning skate today.

  • October 3, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Interesting no Tikhonov.

  • October 3, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Zamboni -the Hawks have little in common with the Bears. The Bears have one of the worst ownership in the NFL, while the Hawks have maybe the best. It goes down from there.
    In my view the fans of the elite clubs/teams should criticize management/ownership/coaching as much, if not more than the poor or average clubs.
    The more you win, the more fans have to demand higher standards. All inside certain limits of decency of course… saying Bowman is a bad GM is a sign if stupidity. Not settling for average results… always.

  • October 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Less than 10 until Bickell’s waiver deadline. Noon eastern.

  • October 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I’d rather see these lines…my personal taste.


  • October 3, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I had it like this for months:

    Panarin-Anisimov-Dano (Tikhonov)

  • October 3, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Ahh. Well never mind then

  • October 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

    does it all mean Paille will be signed and be part of the roster ?

  • October 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Tab I appreciate your opinion but wanted to respond to your comments. At no point did I saw the Hawks would never win a cup without the likes of some of the names you listed. With that being said no team as amassed more talent then the Chicago Blackhawks over the last 5/6 years, but Stan isnt perfect. Stan he has been great during his ran as GM. He was also blessed with a talented roster, and some cap issues no doubt. Its the money he has spent on his own guys and dealing for a position of weakness instead of strenght that is the reason for my comments. Im a crying about this? Nope just being critial, and yeah knitpicking.

    Speaking of the cap, im sorry in a hard cap environment you dont trade Saad and resign Seabs. Sorry if im critical but ive watched the team suck for better part of a decade after making mistake after mistake.

    Tab next your going to be telling me the Roenick for Zhamnov was a good move?

  • October 3, 2015 at 11:05 am

    SouthSideHawkMan – Saad wanted to bank. The Hawks didn’t want to do that. So they traded him for assets. They would have lost Seabrook for nothing.
    I bet they said ‘fuck Saad’ when they understood he would not go or a bridge deal. similar to what with Tyler Toffoli got. I was obvious it was either going to be that or he would have been traded.

  • October 3, 2015 at 11:19 am

    SSHM – i actually laughed out loud at the Roenick for Zhamnov comment. nice.

    And I respect that we can politely disagree on Bowman’s overall performance. he’s done a masterful job – in most cases, NOT ALL – of doing the right thing. And, again, you’re looking at things in a vacuum that’s lacking a big chunk of reality.

    “in a hard cap environment you dont trade Saad and resign Seabs” lacks reality in a painful way. Seabrook’s extension begins in 2016-17; Saad wanted to get paid in 2015-16. that’s an ENORMOUS difference. You have already outlined all of the players the Hawks have lost this summer, but you would have had to add another 1-2 key players to that list if they had kept Saad at the price he was asking. As we’ve seen, there are no takers for Bickell, so he wasn’t going anywhere… so outline for me which players were going to make $6M in cap room for Saad (alone, not including replacements for the other NHL roster holes created by paying him)?

    Again, if we want to just look at this like a fantasy team and ignore reality, it’s really easy to cry all day about the players this team has lost. But when you wrap some context around what Bowman has done/is doing, it becomes a helluva lot harder to complain as much.

  • October 3, 2015 at 11:24 am

    re: Saad – if he had accepted a bridge deal like Leddy did, he would likely still be in Chicago and would probably still get paid (probably more money) in 2-3 years. But he & his agent decided to get it done now. I wish him luck in Columbus.

    I also feel the Blackhawks did well in that trade. Anisimov & Dano will be here for the next few years and will be contributors, and the Hawks also added a 4th round pick for essentially one player; Paliotta and Broadhurst didn’t make the Jackets.

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