Blackhawks Sign Madison Bowey

On Thursday morning the Blackhawks announced the club has signed defenseman Madison Bowey to a two-year contract.

Bowey was placed on waivers by the Blackhawks so he can be assigned to either the taxi squad or the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL.

Bowey, 25, was originally the 53rd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals. The Caps traded him to Detroit in 2019 with a second round pick in the 2020 draft for Nick Jensen and a fifth round pick in the 2019 draft.

He has appeared in 153 career regular season games between Washington and Detroit, posting five goals and 24 assists.

Bowey registered 17 points in 53 games with the Red Wings last year. He averaged 17:54 on ice per game and was credited with 53 hits and 58 blocked shots. He also averaged 1:21 on the penalty kill and 41 seconds per night on the power play for the Red Wings.

Bowey is a right-handed shot listed at 6-2 and 203 pounds.

20 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Madison Bowey

  • January 28, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Do we really need one more D man .?Really

  • January 28, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Good taxi squad guy, they will when Rfd starts have option of Bowey, Linholm, Pirri and either Smith or Quennsville as vets who can sit on taxi squad while non roster young players can get ice time in Rfd. With Lankinen seemingly winning a spot on Nhl roster, one of other goalies may need to clear waivers or moved. Could be where Darling fits if somebody is claimed of waivers or moved, as a taxi squad emergency goalie.

  • January 28, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Crack me up when someone gets upset about a signing not knowing what future intentions are. Hilarious! I do believe any professional sports team has 10x more knowledge than I or any other armchair GM. Thanks to those who point out what this move is more about than the face value. This also goes for trades made with economic ramifications at the time of the trade and future time.

    That being said I do like the size of Bowey.

  • January 28, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    How about grabbing a couple of 210 pound physical wingers who can skate to help out.Looks like they protect and keep Murphy and trade Dehaan at the deadline.

  • January 28, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Expansion related move. Plays one more game and is the draft fodder. Will take the place of Beaudin/Kalynuk or both to Rockford for games. Nothing move fellas.

  • January 28, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Could be expansion draft insurance too, if it is means both Zadorov and Murphy are going to be protected. Could have redigned Zadorov and protected Murphy or protected Zadorov if not.

  • January 28, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    re: expansion draft – Bowey needs 1 game in the NHL to be available. I believe that’s 100 percent of the rationale here. The Blackhawks certainly didn’t need another right-handed defenseman in Rockford right now.

  • January 28, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Watch him play that one game and have 2 goals and three assist and be the reincarnation of Paul Coffey!

  • January 28, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Not disagreeing he fits the expansion draft requirements, just not convinced they’ll need him. I’m doubt both Murphy and Zadorov are both protected but time will tell. If Dehaan plays 17 more games he would fit needs too, so should be other options for draft, unless somebody moved or Murphy and Dehaan are protected and Zadorov not resigned by then, that might be about only ways he would be required. He has a higher minors salary this year and lower next, so kinda says taxi squad for now at least

  • January 28, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Needing him and wanting options are two different realities, Ian.

    Not having to expose players like Zadorov or de Haan would be better than being required to because you failed to check enough boxes.

  • January 28, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Tab’s 100 percent on the money. The Hawks are probably still evaluating whether to protect DeHaan and/or Zadorov or trade one or both at the deadline..part of that decision will depend on what other teams offer for them at the deadline. If there is a defenseman or two moved, then the Hawks will protect Seabrook, Keith, and Murphy while exposing Bowey. This Bowey signing is simply a way to add flexibility towards being expansion draft compliant. Nothing more.

  • January 28, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    You may be right, but i’ll be surprised if come June if Bowey is the only defenceman not protected who meets compliancy requirements. Hard to see Dehaan and his 4.55m caphit next year appealing to a a team who is buying at the tdl but maybe Zadorov gets moved.

  • January 28, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Retaining de Haan salary at TDL would also be an option to increase the palatability for the trading partner. We don’t figure to hurt ourselves by dropping $2 – 2..5m of deHaan’s salary to free up a much needed left side dman spot for next year, most likely filled by an entry level contract. We can handle retaining some cash. It could be the difference between a 2nd and 3rd rounder. He’s played very well for us – except last night. Can he remain healthy and thus become attractive at the TDL?

    Looks like Bowman is building a position of strength. Most here would say BDT.

  • January 28, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Still think with no cap increases the teams who are buying at tdl likely not wanting to add cap whether its 4.5 or 2.5m for next year on as you say fragile player.
    With Zadorov, draft aside, either Bowman resigns him before June or offers a 3.2m Qo then, if he does neither he becomes ufa July 1st. Would think he takes the Qo if offered, so no point not resigning for that much if going the Qo route. Probably be hard to get him signed for much of a paycut without risking letting him become an ufa first and hope he resigns, but we will see.

  • January 28, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Anything is an upgrade from deHaan. Even daCone

  • January 28, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Ian – I’m following your thought process and not trying to claim you are wrong (full respect for what you bring here – and appreciate it). But a de Haan that only cost $2-2.5 m will be easier to move for whatever team gets him from us come the Seattle expansion (perhaps exposed and taken by Seattle) or as a trade to another team at a minimal cost to that team. His talent at $2m will have some takers to be moved at some time, even if it is us selling at the draft.

    And perhaps the availability of de Haan changes based on the growth of other Dmen, particularly on the left side. Zadorov looks to be getting a lion’s share of the young guys on the left side, and then we have Keith and de Haan taking up the other two lines. Clearly one of the 3 (at least) needs to be moved soon to make room for our left-handed kid Dmen. Keith has the NMC. That pretty much narrows it down to 2 guys. Asking kids trying to make it in this league by playing their off-side defensively is a HUGE ask. Remember what happen to TVR when Q made that attempt? The kid kept skating into the side wall because he could figure how to pass from the inside of the ice. It’s a lot harder adjustment than it looks. Hammer was a rare player in that respect.

    Selling de Haan at almost any cost (a 3rd or 4th) and then losing a Bowey makes more sense than losing de Haan for nothing to Seattle. Unless Zadorov is a total bust and we don’t intend to keep him.

    Something needs to happen – before next year.

  • January 28, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Lughead1957, maybe they do something like that. As Tab said gives more options, just don’t see cap strapped teams who will be bulk of buyers at tdl in the market for anything other than expiring contracts at tdl. No question if they get something for him and use Bowey to expose at draft would be better. Blackhawks allowed 1 more retained contract on books this year i guess, Dehaan has to stay healthy too or not going any where, also look at the market was for Maatta, gave him away.
    I think the big thing with Zadorov is does Bowman want to pay his 3.2m Qo to keep him, if not what does he do with him. He brings some physicality but doesn’t appear to more than a 3rd pair guy at best in big picture.

    Also agree expecting youngster to learn Nhl game is tough enough without throwing playing on off side into mix at this level right off.

    One more thing though i doubt this signing ever happens if Seeler agreed to go to minors, is big part of why i don’t read alot into it.

  • January 28, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks Ian.

  • January 29, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Plus, the guy will NEVER get lost getting to the Stadium…Madison on Madison.

    Injuries and with so many rookies on D, it’s good to have depth.

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