25 thoughts on “Blackhawks Place Zack Smith On Waivers

  • January 4, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Can you say taxi squad?

  • January 4, 2021 at 11:17 am

    If not claimed could still bury his contract in minors or taxi squad and free up 1.o75m in cap space, which would clear room to allow a younger player replace him on main roster. Not mentioned but possible waivers is with intention to terminate contract, which would need a valid reason and get rid of caphit all together like being claimed.

  • January 4, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Zack Smith.
    Traded for Anisimov, yes?
    3.25 Mill a year?

    Yet another solid move by Bowman.

    It worked out so well that the guy is now on waivers in two years.


    And this after he paid a known softie 3 mill a year for two years.

    Amazing part deux.

  • January 4, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Ian – if Smith were on the taxi squad does any of his cap hit count against the Hawks cap?

    I thought the taxi sqad didn’t count vs the cap

  • January 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Wrap you can still only bury 1.075m so oly that amount wouldn’ t count against caphit, that rule stays the same. Allows them to get a look at a youngster in camp though vs Smith who obviously not part of the future.

  • January 4, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Easy move to make. Can’t imagine this will a unconditional waiver move. Don’t see smith giving up his salary when he has no shot at making anything as close.

  • January 4, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Save some room for Roslovic from the Jets.Hawks rumored to be in on him.Jets looking for a Defenseman in return.

  • January 4, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    @Tim W.

    Wonder what defenseman would fit the need.

  • January 4, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I would suspect Murphy or Dehaan but that would mean the Jets tossing in an NHL winger or a Draft pick.

  • January 4, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Wouldn’t trade Murphy straight up for him. Would have to be a good pick.
    De Hann straight up done.

  • January 4, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Apparently Jets are looking for a top 4 left shooting D man – that says Calvin DeHaan to me – Murphy shoots right

    Sounds like an interesting possibility

  • January 4, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Tim, that is the kind of stuff we need to do/gains. ALl these others moves are meaningless for when it matters.

  • January 4, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    TimW that be kinda of interesting, because sounds like from comments today that we likely see a Cat Strome Kane line and Shaw and Kubalik were likely Toews projected linemates, a Roslovic would fill that void or a Soderberg/Kurashev competition if not. Janmark and Wallmark working together probably be used as matchup line against opponents top scoring lines, Suter not there today may be hoped to fill in on wing with them. Last years 4th line together today too, likely some others compete for time there too.

    The 1st group had Zadorov Boqvist and Dehaan Mitchell pairings. With Keith and Murphy in 2nd group with Carlsson, Kalynuk and Beaudin.

  • January 4, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Seeing 2 5 means by getting Zadorov we actually have a OFF/DEF pair for every pair.

    Just in time for when we donot have any NHL goalies.

  • January 4, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Although I am excited about the future. We add another top 5 draft pick 19 77 are 100% for next season.

    With the FW and D being better roster then last few yrs and with up and coming players and depth players. We do have a much better roster.

    Then we add an NHL goalie/maybe top 15 goalie. Thats night and day when goalie is added with and 12 FW 6 D on the rise.

    Then we can be trading to get deep with role players/other.

    Key is adding another top 5 draft pick and make some good trades. The ufa players are there for the taking when were ready.

  • January 4, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    OFF/DEF pairings on defense??????

    That only took 2 years. And many 2-on-0 breaks against our goalies…….


    Maybe someone finally watched game films of Keith and Boqvist playing together.

  • January 4, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Murphy is definitely A Dman to keep for a few more year …he is at is peak now at 27 years young. The Hawks definitely did get the advantage in the trade ..don’t look at the first year they where trade look in the last 2 years and you will see that Harmason is almost done with his Career..is best year are far away now. Just look at all the numbers in the last 2 years and everybody will understand …now it’s Murphy who is the best defensive Dman on the team plus he hit comparé to Hammer on is best years. …he had a bad first year with the Hawks at 24 That’s true but since he is better then Hammer ( last 2 years ) and the next 2-3 years will be his best years I think.
    Last 2 years Hammer 15 points,,,plus 6 ,,,ice time 19.15,,,block shot 232 …hit 65
    Last 2 years Murphy 32 points,,,plus 14 ,,ice time 20.30,,block shot 229,,,hit 247
    Hammer was 30 when they made the trade …Murphy is now 27
    Better trade DeHann and keep Our best défense Dman

  • January 5, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Glad that you brought that up 2010. Not mentioning the 1.15mil saved. Trades are also situational due to money. Doubt that some turn this into a Bowman good trade but you have to let the trade play out.

  • January 5, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Put me on the record as a fan of the Murphy trade. Liked it when it happened and I continue to like it. Easily one of the best trades in recent Hawks history. Oh – and I adored Hammer as a player. Probably the most underrated Dman in our Cup era.

    We (management and the fans) fell in love with too many players while we had great years and continue to pay a price for it. Moving Hammer was about as good as it gets for trading parts of our team away to build for the future.

    Can you imagine the tremendous shock that Murphy got when he came to Chicago to play with huge stars, and then had to understand that our defensive philosophy was to avoid contact with the enemy in front of our defensive net at all cost and
    never take the hit in the corner to make the play, I’m betting the attitude of letting 1 or 2 guys screen our goalie without any retribution was a bit of a learning curve for him.

    Clearly he struggled with his first year here. But he has settled in and has become one of the better and more dependable Dmen in front of our goalies. Sadly though, he is actually as close to a top pair defender as we currently have. De Haan, when healthy, falls into the same category, but neither would currently be a top pair guy on a team expected to make the playoffs.

    And here we are. We need to acquire – somehow – top pairing Dmen before we can even consider being in the hunt for another Cup. We’ve accumulated a bunch of young guys that now have the chance to show us their talents. In 2-3 years we will know if any of them are NHL level keepers, and to what extent.

    Meanwhile – we have 4 veterans Dmen on our roster – with Murphy being the youngest. He should stay. The other 3 should be moved ASAP (which takes years), and likely at a cost. We need to take our lumps for this year and next as we weed our way through the youth. The sooner we move one vet, the sooner we learn more about the kids. Vets don’t like to sit out, and they don’t like losing. Compromise with them, and move them.

    Murphy isn’t our problem.

  • January 5, 2021 at 11:40 am

    I am for top 5 skill draft player and elite ufa player for the two top pair D guys we need to add to what we already have/keeping longterm wise.

    We will have the space with Seabs caphit and others not here in a couple yrs salary cap wise.

    In the mean time add add add good prospects everytime we can. There will be time and capspace to add role players once we got the new younger core. Like 81 27 32 others.

  • January 5, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Silent agree Murphy is a very good defenseman, which on flip side makes him likely easiest to move and brings best return, kinda double edge sword. If they see him as half a top pairing for long term then they need to retain him, if they view as a middle pairing long term, there are others coming in system that can play there. Letting hom go to Seattle in draft is for nothing, definitely not something that should happen in my mind anyways.

  • January 5, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Why do all the people replying here keep referring to the Hawks as “we”? I’ve been a Hawks fan for 60 years and appreciate the Hawks past and present. But I have never been on their roster or in their front office. So they are the Hawks. “We” assumes you have some involvement in the club and thus can have some influence on its success or failure. A problem with the Hawks is not “our” problem, it’s the Hawks’ problem.

  • January 5, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Donot know the answer officially. I would say anyone that is alumni to a college is more then just a fan/no matter how big. Things are more meaningful/thay should be or theres something wrong with the person.

    But who is a pro sport athlete in major leagues. Some of us were really good athletes playing at division 1 colleges and didnt ever play pro.

    So I go with alumni for colleges and for pro sports if you have been a fan for a long time. Cant put of number # of yrs on that. Maybe for Blackhawks would be 80s and prior or maybe 30-40 yrs is too ling to pay your dues to be ‘we’.

    I would always say we because them/they is other hockey clubs that I am not a part of/in any way.

    People say your not officially a Vermonter if you wernt born in Vermont but yet you lived there for 30 plus yrs. So maybe that means whoever isint a real American if they wernt born here. Anyways always thought people in VT saying that was kind of funny.

  • January 6, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Michael P have you ever played any sport that was team related in any league big or small?

  • January 9, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Why would you fet rid of Murphy at 27 years old?
    Ship seabrook & boy wonder keith outa here… Oh, thats right, NO ONE wants them.
    Them 2-0 that came in on the Hawks goalies… KEITH ON THE ICE…. Everytime.
    Murphy was a steal .

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