Blackhawks Sign Ryan Carpenter

On Monday as free agency opened across the NHL the Chicago Blackhawks added to their forward depth. Chicago announced a three-year deal with veteran center Ryan Carpenter that has a $1M cap hit.

Carpenter, 28, signed with the San Jose Sharks as an undrafted college free agent out of Bowling Green in 2014. He was claimed on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights in December of the 2017-18 season. Carpenter had five assists in 17 postseason contests with Vegas in 2018.

Carpenter won 52.6 percent of his faceoffs in 68 games last season. In 132 career regular season games games Carpenter has scored 16 goals with 21 assists for the Sharks and Knights.

24 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Ryan Carpenter

  • July 1, 2019 at 11:51 am

    He played 1:16 PK time per game last year with Vegas per hockey reference. I’m guessing that was a factor in the signing.

  • July 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I think we all expected someone like Carpenter to be signed – PKer, good face-off guy, inexpensive

    Now is there a AA trade coming?

  • July 1, 2019 at 11:58 am


    Just kidding. Would rather see deals like this than blowing up the budget. We’re still in rebuild mode. Stay the course.

  • July 1, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Wrap, I might be wrong about this but unless their was an AA trade already set up before the start of FA it might be a week or more before he gets moved, if he does at all. Teams that don’t land their top FA choice might be more interested in a player like AA after the FA dust settles. That might increase his value but then again teams will have less money at that point so maybe I’m misreading the situation.

  • July 1, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve been posting about the need for a player like Carpenter for the last 3 years plus. Amen. Better late than never.

    Where were trades and signings like this last summer … by the way? Throwing away a season just to get rid of Q after it started to save your own position? Was/isthat for the betterment of the organization?

    Bowman learned well from his cutthroat father.

  • July 1, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Pretty good ufa and hes really good at faceoffs I think is the thing. Another 4th line center with decent speed, that does all the things a 4th line center does. Its his 52.5 faceoffs is the big thing. We havnt had two really good faceoff guys since 19 16 before hurt. Now we have that, at least for PK and D zone faceoffs.

    64 and 40 good depth and 4th line centers.

  • July 1, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Who knows it could look that way or look like we had to tank, not on purpose, but to get two elite top 6 skill players for reload. Its the Only way to get those kind of players and keep them for more then a couple yrs. Full pay your dues and full load roster deepness with quality.

    The young wave quality is what is going to be sweet with already having a full roster now.

  • July 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Great signing. The dude can’t score. He can’t fight. He was a “Minus” on a good team. Depth player? BS! As a hockey player, he’s nothing but a warm body. Now, let’s go out and see if Marcus Kruger’s sister is available. Thanks Bowman.

  • July 1, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I can feel JT and the rest of the core exhale after each of these signings. Bringing in the guys we have takes weight off the shoulders of our core guys. Carpenter should be our go to FO man and let toews play backup, same for the PK. Maatta and DeHaan should do the same for the d. 2&7 shouldn’t see any special teams time ever again. Let them focus on 5×5

  • July 1, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Players are starting to build up? With the shaw signing, is sikura in rockford?
    Toews, Kane, Saad, dCat, Strome, Perlini, Shaw, Caggiula, Anisimov, Carpenter.

    These seem like locks assuming they aren’t traded? That leaves Kampf, Kubalik, Kruger, Quenneville, Sikura for 2 spots? wonder how this is all gonna work out

  • July 1, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Too many mediocre forwards and not enough roster slots. What’s a competent GM to do.

  • July 1, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Hawk, good post.

    Bowman said a couple wks ago that we were trading and adding good players. That we might have too many during the summer and we would do whats needed right before game 1, need be. Looks like that now and he has done everything he said he would do. What the AHL caphit thats not on 23man now, .925m.

  • July 1, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Don’t thimk Bowmans done yet. AA moved and another signing or 2. Fo and pk guy helps where needed.

  • July 1, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Bowman also said we were a playoff bound team last fall…he is full of sh%t .
    A.A. will not be moved …his assets are not required on any team ….any team …you got that ..he is Stans special guy . Where is there space for any player development on this roster ?

  • July 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    We will ride out A.A contract and thats fine …but he will not be moved. imo.

  • July 1, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    The NHL is not a developmental league – the AHL is. As Q always said we are in the business of winning.

  • July 1, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    We were a playoff team. Cant expect being -9 under .500 30 games in. I ll take a top 3 pick everytime when were a 8 or 9 seed kind of team.

    Good Trade.

  • July 1, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Dzingel apparently still not signed by anyone, and his current cap hit is not that high. 26 goal scorer last season, and unrestricted FA and his cap hit is a little over 2MM as it now stands. Before today he was listed as being on the Blackhawks radar. Anyone think Stan will still get him and add him to the crowded mix? I’d love to see it done. That gives depth to the roster and makes for the AHL squad still a place for development of young guys. Thoughts?

  • July 1, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    It seems like we now have 10 top 9 FW, when last yr we had 6? Good problem to have.

    19 88 12 17 20
    65 11 KB 15 77
    91 40 64

  • July 1, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    A trade has to be made to make it happen since Lehner has been signed.

  • July 1, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Any player that makes the roster better I am for it. Bowman and crew have a good handle on this and have a plan. Every ufa on july 1 was way overpay so maybe theres more normal caphits with the ufas to some.

  • July 1, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Who is this Q guy you speak of ?..Oh yeah another hawk has been…
    We were never close to being a playoff team last year ,,,you kidding me Mo.
    With the goal tending woes and a D core like that ?
    Come on bud ,that was year 1 in a 3 year rebuild ….even then our goalie situation is fragile at best if injuries occur .

  • July 1, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Ryan will be an asset to this team. He is such a hard worker, and he is going to surprise the ones who doubt! He does all the little things right, and believe me, those add up!

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