Blackhawks Sign Alex Nylander (Finally)

It’s a happy Monday morning for forward Alex Nylander, who finally signed with the Blackhawks. Chicago got their final restricted free agent deal done and announced the one-year contract.

Nylander, 23, was originally the eighth overall pick by the Sabres in the 2016 NHL Draft. The Blackhawks acquired him from Buffalo for defenseman Henri Jokiharju before the 2019-20 season.

He has scored 10 goals with 16 assists in 65 games since joining the Blackhawks. Nylander missed all of last season because of knee surgery but is reportedly expected to be ready for training camp this fall.

32 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Alex Nylander (Finally)

  • August 16, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Good news and very nice team friendly deal. Certainly a “show me” deal with nice upside potential and virtually no downside. The old adage “a tiger can’t change his stripes” is more often true than not, but maybe spending the past year doing rehab to be able to play again has finally lit his furnace and he reaches his potential which from a skills perspective is top-6 level. Wouldn’t that be a nice thing.

  • August 16, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Just checked CapFriendly and with the Nylander signing the Hawks are $3.041M over the cap with 24 players on the roster (15F/7D/2G). Most likely there will be more than 1 more move, but if Stan is able to trade Strome without taking back an NHL roster player – then his $3M cap hit reduces the overage to $41K which could be solved by a paper transaction moving Kurashev to Rockford on opening day and bringing him right back on Day#2 of the season. Then Shaw gets put on LTIR after opening day and $3M of Shaw’s cap is available to be used for in season transactions.

    Interested to see how it plays out.

  • August 16, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    I would have kept Kampf, Hinostroza or Suter over Alex but I’m not the genius Bowman is.

  • August 16, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Good luck Alex make it or break it year

  • August 16, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Agreed hossa hawk hinno same money played hard mixed bag Nylander don’t like the moves Stan made I would have kept cap space demanded a first round pick for fluery and same for Johnson who knows maybe Stan will be leaving soon bettman may have to get involved

  • August 16, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    EBONY. Unfortunately he is not a tiger and does not have a furnace to heat up. I believe more lackadaisical play will be coming. And the off-season was going so well. I have been wrong before. I hope he proves me wrong.

  • August 16, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    I’d see if he becomes a “tiger” in Rockford before I’d bring him up to Chicago.

  • August 16, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    ER – the Hawks may yet make a move before the season starts but they don’t have to

    They could get cap compliant by sending Connolly down plus they have waiver exempt players in Dach Kurashev and Kalynuk that could go down temporarily and be recalled once Shaw goes on LTIR

    I haven’t done the exact math but pretty sure those moves would get them under the cap without having to take pennies on the dollar for Strome say

  • August 16, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    He’s certainly not like his Dad ! Or his brother ! Wee ,look at me ! What a disappointment! Pops 4

  • August 16, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    love the signing. the ball is in his court. man up and become the top six forward his skills dictate he can be or continue to play like a china doll and be gone. no lose proposition for the hawks.

  • August 16, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Hawks29 – agree now we’ll get to see if there’s any such thing as a motivated Nylander or not

  • August 16, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Me thinks the tiger/stripes metaphor may have been misunderstood, but no matter. Signing Nylander seems like a no lose proposition for the Hawks – they will be better off if he plays well but not worse off if he doesn’t. Course, it’s rendered de facto bad because Stan did it and there something commendable about being predictable, so there’s that.

  • August 16, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    draw some blood and stem cells from Hagel and inject them into Nylander and you might net a real hockey player…

    hard to see how a player that lazy got so far

  • August 16, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see where they slot him. If he plays bottom six he won’t produce and this will be his last contract. If he can ride the coattails of a top six forward – this will be his last contract. He hasn’t shown the drive to be an NHL player so I think he’s done. Hope I’m wrong because it sure would be nice to have another sniper.

  • August 16, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Not expensive and it’s the maximum he deserve . He has 1 year ( 82 games ) to show if he can play in NHL a full season .
    Miracle can happen sometime but it’s rare with this kind of player.
    For me he is not aNHL player. And not sure. He likes to play hockey.

  • August 16, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    If he was as lazy as he appears to all here and scored …. say 35-40 goals per year…. while rarely playin a lick of defense, would he be worth $10m each year?

    Just askin.

  • August 16, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Like my grandpa used to say “Time to shit or get off the pot”

  • August 17, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Hoss- Keeping Suter was not an option given what Detroit paid an unproven, fairly soft rookie. A point can be made that Hino would have been better, but he isn’t really part of the 10 year future. In Bowman’s fantasies, Nylander is.

    This is a low risk deal. Of course, Nylander had no leverage so was never going to get a big payday. Since we like to prognosticate on message boards, let the prognosticating begin. I don’t think Nylander will get a contract next year. He probably is what we have seen which is a soft, gutless, skilled player that teases you one game and breaks your heart the next 2. (Strome anybody?) Like the other posters, I hope I am wrong.

  • August 17, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Silent Spot.
    At first glance I thought for sure that you were talking about Patrick Kane.

    Just sayin.

  • August 17, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t see any downside to signing Nylander, especially for $847,000, which is less than most players get on their entry level year to see if there’s some ceiling that hasn’t been reached yet..and if we’re looking for some positives, here they are:

    1. Still only 23 years old
    2. Was on a 32 point pace in the shortened 19-20 season
    3. Is a right handed shot (along with Gaudette), which would be a nice dimension to add to the middle six. Besides Dach and Cat, the Hawks don’t have a lot of right handed shots throughout the lineup.

    Of course, I could list his negatives too, but I don’t feel like it lol..this is a solid, one year signing.

  • August 17, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    @Slayer: You could list the negatives but it’d be a long night. I was shocked you had 3 positives although you did have to research on that “32 point pace”. LOL!!!

  • August 17, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Hey if some people like the move that’s great. He is cheap, StanBo can just eat the $$ if he returns to the historic Nylander days and its always possible that a miracle could happen on the ice with him which is fine too and would help the club. If he somehow gets 35 goals this year thou I would have a coronary even thou my Doctor says I’m healthy as a horse.

  • August 17, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Not a surprising signing for that caphit, no risk as others mentioned. Wonder how roster looks opening day. Moving Strome alone not quite enough, moving Strome and retaining 1m, then bury Connelly would do it while pretty much maxing out Shaws ltir. Multiple other moves would work too. Starting season over the cap ceiling, using ltir that way would tie their hands for caproom during season, not sure that is the route chosen.

  • August 17, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    JG’s favorite:

    Kubalik Toews Dach
    DCat Johnson Kane
    Hagel Guadette Nylander/Strome
    Khaira Borgstrom/Carpenter Kurashev/Connelly

    Kalynuk Jones
    McCabe Murphy
    deHaan Stillman/Jones

    Fluery Lankinen

  • August 18, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Silent, When I see Nylander string together a few games in a row where he plays like a NHL forward I could probably have a much better idea about him. Up until now he has not even earned a shot to Crack the top 3 lines. As others have said he and Strome are very similar soft,lazy,inconsistent players.

  • August 18, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Interesting lines JR. Looking at that, I am not so sure I see as much of a playoff contender as I was previously thinking. A lot has to go right, mainly, Toews being Toews, and Dach taking a huge, and I mean huge, leap forward.

    I hope Kubalik continues his evolution into a top line winger with more consistency, and that Murphy keeps providing physical two way play, and that Fleury is close to his level of last season. Based on how their cap numbers are playing out, they will have to pick one of these three players to sign after this year and say goodbye to the other two, preferrably at the deadline, where they could reclaim a number one pick for a guy like Kubalik or Murphy, if they are not going to sign them.

  • August 18, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Maybe say good bye to shaw,connelly,carpenter,strome,suban, DeHaan & Toews…. lets see how they play and then make a decision thats Best for the Team ….
    GO HAWKS !!!!!!!

  • August 18, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Hawks have certain players that will make the Hawks contenders. Nylander is just one of them as is McCabe, Dach,Jones and a few others….If he performs as good as his talent is, Hawks will Roll. If not, then your rebuild continues…. Hope He and the handful of others play well so we have fun watching them.
    Nylander and Suter both play up to their own potential,
    Nylander is 10x better.
    Thats the key… need to play well.
    Go Hawks!!!!!

  • August 19, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Nylander coming off knee surgery will play like he’s been kneecapped.

  • August 19, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Soft and lazy. Guess we’ll see if the time off had changed hat. Doubtful…..

  • August 20, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Nylander has more skill than 95 percent of the current blackhawks.
    Must be used on top 2 lines to be really successful. Power play as well.
    If not properly used he will be traded by Blowman for a bag of pucks.

  • August 21, 2021 at 2:08 am


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