David Rundblad Clears Waivers

On Tuesday, David Rundblad cleared waivers.

Rundblad, 25, was originally drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues. Since then, he has been involved in three relatively impressive trades for an underwhelming player.

At the 2010 NHL Draft, the Blues traded Rundblad to Ottawa for a first round pick. St. Louis used the acquired pick to select forward Vladimir Tarasenko.

In December 2011, Rundblad was traded with a second round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft from Ottawa to the Coyotes for center Kyle Turris.

And in March 2014, the Blackhawks traded a second round pick to the Coyotes for Rundblad and defenseman Mathieu Brisebois. Phoenix (now Arizona) used that second round pick on Christian Dvorak.

Since joining the Blackhawks, Rundblad posted three goals and 13 assists in 63 games. He appeared (briefly) in five postseason games in 2015 and was pointless.

Rundblad was the third player placed on waivers by the Blackhawks during this regular season. Bryan Bickell went unclaimed and spent time in Rockford before returning; on Dec. 6, Viktor Tikhonov was claimed by the Coyote.

Philadelphia forward Sam Gagner and St. Louis forward Scott Gomez were placed on waivers Tuesday.

25 thoughts on “David Rundblad Clears Waivers

  • December 29, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Stunned. Now the Hawks can recall him, take better advantage of Kruger’s LTIR then send him back down.

  • December 29, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I’m very surprised nobody claimed him

  • December 29, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    End of an era…

    The most telling part of your post “was pointless”…

  • December 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Now that Rundblad cleared waivers, let’s see if I can apply a little math and determine how Stan can maximize the Kruger to LTIR move.

    Current cap space = $665K. Add $950K for Rundblad to go to Rockford brings cap space up to $1.615M. Send Mashinter ($562K) to Rockford brings cap space up to $2.177M. That leaves the Hawks with 12 forwards and 7 d-men. Bring up Dano ($925K) and Pokka ($925K) and that gives the Hawks a full 23 man roster and reduces cap space to $327K. Put Kruger on LTIR and cap space can be exceeded by $1.173M ($1.5M – $327K). Then send Dano and Pokka back to Rockford and available cap space is $3.023M ($1.173 + $925K + $925K).

    Or something like that.

  • December 29, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    ER, Ill do the full rundown later, not in front of the numbers. But the Hawks could have called up Pokka, Haggerty,Dano and kept Rundblad up. Sending down Danault, Rasmussen, and placing Mashinter on waivers. And come closer to the ceiling thus utilizing more of Kruger’s salary.

    They still can with the added bonus of removing almost all of Rundblad’s hit save for 100k

  • December 29, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Do we have to have 16 on ltir within so may days of injury. The only minimum is the 10games/21day thing right. Why not bank space, when we can and as long as we can, then do the ltir thing. Once we ltir over the cap to use as much as 16’s 1.5 (which is what our salary cap will be for our team)(not counting 44 player bonus of .750) we cant bank space anymore. So is there a limit of days we have to litr within the injury or something.

    I would rather bank space, then ltir later. Were going to get to use as much of 16 1.5 for the PO like we did with 88, when 16 comes back.

  • December 29, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    In terms of cap space for deadline. We have the .665 and .950 ER mentioned for 1.6, we add a FW and Defenseman at deadline (so 52’s .562 and 47’s/52’s .950/.650 goes to Rockford because we add those two at deadline)(and 16 comes back) that has us with 3.1 plus 16’s 1.2 (or what we get to use of his because of injury past reg. 82 games).

    So we essentially have 4.3m to use at deadline (prorated) which means we could add 8.6m at 50% retained or something like 2.3m of that at 50% retained for a 4.6m Defenseman and a 2m FW, I like that.

  • December 29, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    He can be placed retroactively. But they can bank space if he’s on LTIR or not. The one plus to doing it now is they can fill his roster space. They have 22 healthy players now. Why couldnt they have 22 healthy skaters with him on ltir and a higher ceiling?

  • December 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This passed me without seeing it. But the Hawks placed Kruger on IR to free up a roster spot and call up Gustafson. Rundblad hasn’t been sent down yet and doesn’t need to be.

    IR doesn’t elevate the ceiling like ltir

  • December 29, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Marko Dano isn’t coming up. He’s been wholly unimpressive in roster. Ditto Ville Pokka.

  • December 29, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I’m not surprised. All of the NHL knows Rundbland is a liability.

  • December 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Very fair of Stan to place Rundblad on waivers instead of sending him down for 2 weeks for conditioning and kicking the can down the road. Now he can tell Rundblad that they exposed him to all 29 other teams and nobody claimed him so, he pretty much has no choice but to report to Rockford. Unless some other deal can be worked out between the Hawks and Rundblad and he can go back to Sweden and play in the Elite League.

  • December 29, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    My example of Dano and Pokka coming up would be strictly procedural moves to have as little cap space as possible when Kruger is put on LTIR, thereby maximizing cap space overage by using as much of Kruger’s $1.5M as possible. In my example I had them going back to Rockford so they need to stay on the Hawks roster only long enough to complete the Kruger move to LTIR.

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  • December 29, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Remember Craig, Rundblad was the that accepted the Hawks Qualifying offer. Which was the minimum increase but for 2 years. He didn’t have to accept

  • December 29, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Rufus doesn’t get it Ebony.

  • December 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Ebony, Stan is smarter than us.

    By putting Kruger on IR (not LTIR) They add a roster spot without removing Kruger’s cap hit. They’ve called up Gustaffson (.667) and have no need to send down Rundblad (1.05), yet.

    Now they can put Mashinter (.5625) on waivers and send down Rasmussen(.575). Once Mashinter clears (he will) and is sent down they now have 1.803207 to call 2 players up. Dano (.925) and McNeil (.863) bring the Hawks within roughly 15k of the ceiling.

    These are all procedural moves. The Hawks could then put Kruger on LTIR and would have 1.485 in space. They could/would send Rundblad down now that he’s cleared and the Hawks would vanquish all but 100k of his hit. They would send down Mcneil as well as Dano. The Hawks would then be left with 20 skaters and 4.223 million to play with to call up or trade for whomever theyd like.

  • December 29, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Ernie/ER, that’s what I am talking about. 1.485m in addition to our cap space for the deadline.

  • December 29, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Kevin Hayes a healthy scratch for NY

    Happy for him!

  • December 29, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Good catch Tab. Perhaps Rundblad’s agent told Stan that if no team claims him, Rundblad would like to go back to Sweden instead of the AHL ?

    That’s just a guess at this point.
    But why would Q be cagey about Rockford unless something else was up ?

  • December 29, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    These weren’t unconditional waivers which would be the precursor for terminating a contract. Maybe something similar to what the Habs did with Kassian happens. A team will trade for Rundblad. But that team wants him in the minors. They want the Hawks to put him through waivers and when he goes unclaimed then they’ll trade for him so they can send him down without having to go through the waiver process.

  • December 29, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Craig, that’s not being cagey about Rockford, that’s Qspeak for everything. Nothing to read into from that. The rest of the speculation is interesting, but mostly, confusing. A sincere thank you and Kudos to our resident capgeeks, you keep reporting, we’ll keep criticizing :)

  • December 30, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    All this talk of cap savings by moving a player down is really a mirage. We have $3.2 in performance bonuses in just two players, 86 & 72. Several smaller ones to others on their entry contracts. Unless management wants to hamstring the team next year, there is no cap space even with 16 on LTIR and 5 in Rockford.

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