Decision Deadline Coming for Moberg, Laavainen

The Blackhawks have two prospects with whom they need to make a contract decision before the deadline on June 1. Defensemen Cole Moberg and Roope Laavainen are still unsigned and would need an NHL contract to remain part of the organization moving forward.

Moberg, 20, was the Hawks’ seventh round pick (#194 overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. He appeared in 22 games with the Rockford IceHogs last year, producing one goal and four assists. He’s listed at 6-3 and 187 pounds and is a right-handed shot.

Laavainen, who turns 23 in August, was the Blackhawks’ fourth round pick (#119 overall) in 2017. He is also a right-handed shot who is listed at 6-2 and 201 pounds.

The Blackhawks had four right-handed defensemen on their 2020-21 NHL roster: Connor Murphy, Adam Boqvist, Ian Mitchell and Alec Regula. Three of those four are young defensemen, and the blue line is already crowded. Given the organization’s stockpile of defensemen, it will be interesting to see if either of these players gets a contract before the deadline next week.

50 thoughts on “Decision Deadline Coming for Moberg, Laavainen

  • May 28, 2021 at 11:42 am

    D Men that shoot the Right Way ! They are always needed on a lot of clubs ! It’s great that Moberg has played in western Canada in The WHL ! That’s where you learn to play the NHL style of Hockey ! Philip

  • May 28, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Moberg had a couple of years in juniors where he put up decent offensive numbers, 13g and 40pts range. Plays both D and wing so not sure how much wing he was playing jrs. Thought he might get an elc but not looking like it. Believe Ncaa players Ess and Foo have to be signed by August or lose their rights as well, doubtful any of them is signed.

  • May 28, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Not Colliton type of players. Both will be let go. You can draft or trade for all the grown up players in the world, that don’t have to put on 25 pounds to survive,but if the head coach buries them on the Rockford/4th Line once every 2 weeks train,what’s the point when you’re destined to release them in a couple of years?

  • May 28, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Cole Moberg has the type of size the Hawks would love to have more of..couple his young age with the fact that he’s a right handed shot, and I’m a little surprised they wouldn’t try and continue to develop him even though he was probably always a long shot as a seventh rounder..oh well..Phillips and Galvas getting contracts probably sealed that decision..Roope I didn’t expect to be back so no surprise there..

  • May 28, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Nice to see Janmark with the hattie in game 7 – I appreciated his efforts as a Hawk

  • May 29, 2021 at 1:12 am


    appreciate the second and third round picks even more.

  • May 29, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Hawks29 – true that – the Janmark signing worked out well for the Hawks

  • May 29, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Lets invite Janmark back again.

    Whens the draft?

  • May 29, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Am I correct that the ping pong ball drop is Wednesday June 2nd – so the lottery draft order will be set then?

  • May 29, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    You are correct.

    Other big dates are:

    Monday, June 12 – Deadline for Clubs to request that a Player “waive” his “No Move” clause for purposes of Expansion Draft .

    Thursday, June 15 – First Buy-Out Period begins.

    Deadline for Clubs to ask Players with “No Move” clauses whether they want to be placed on Waivers for purposes of Buy-Outs prior to Expansion Draft (11:59 am ET).

    Friday, June 16 – Last day to place Player on Waivers prior to Expansion Draft Trade/Waiver Freeze (12 p.m. ET).

    Deadline for Players to agree to “waive” their “No Move” clauses for purposes of Expansion Draft (5 p.m. ET).

    Saturday, June 17 – Commencement of the Expansion Draft Trade/Waiver Freeze for all NHL Clubs with exception of the Expansion Club (3 p.m. ET).

    Commencement of Expansion Draft Signing Moratorium on NHL SPCs for all NHL Clubs with exception of the Expansion Club (3 p.m. ET).

    Deadline for each Club to simultaneously submit its Protection List to Central Registry and the NHLPA (5 p.m. ET).

    Sunday, June 18 – Deadline for Central Registry to approve and simultaneously distribute the Protection Lists to all NHL Clubs (including the Expansion Club) and the NHLPA (10 a.m. ET).

    Opening of the UFA/RFA Interview Period (only applies to Players who are available for selection in the Expansion Draft) for the Expansion Club only (10 a.m. ET).

    Wednesday, June 21 – Deadline for the Expansion Club to simultaneously submit its Expansion Draft Selections to Central Registry and the NHLPA (10 a.m. ET).

    Thursday June, 22 – Expansion Draft Signing Moratorium and Trade/Waiver Freeze are lifted (8 a.m. ET).

  • May 29, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Would anyone happen to know where to look to find out how many contracts the Hawks currently have? The limit is 50 correct? I tried looking at Capfriendly, but it didn’t provide a breakdown of the players and I would like to see a list..

  • May 29, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    oops..just didn’t scroll far enough down on it now..

  • May 29, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    I was looking because I wanted to see, contract wise, how the very early roster for next year is shaping up..already, it looks like Lindholm will be out with Galvas and Phillips both in..Tomkins is out and Soderblom is in..and Dickinson, Smith, Pirri, and Quenneville are all out with Slavin, Borgstrom, and presumably Reichel in..even from purely a depth standpoint, there already look to be improvements made across the board to the roster.


    It will be an interesting offseason to see if Bowman takes a ”everyone is a year older, we’re healthy, and we’ve added more young players” approach to next year with regards to getting better as a team, or if he plans on making some trades to try and shake up the roster..

  • May 29, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Not sure I go to

  • May 29, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    MIN MTL the surprise teams of the 56 game forced division sch playoffs.

    STL WAS should be embarrassed so bad to not show up for a few yrs. Interesting they are the Cup winners from recent yrs.

  • May 29, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Couldn’t help but notice that Erik Gustafson hardly played in game 6 vs MTL with 1-2 shifts in the third and none in OT

    Really there for the PP and almost got beat 1 on 1 while on PP

    Boy do I not miss him

  • May 30, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Wrap, I am with you on Gustafson but he is still in the playoffs and alive while the entire Hawks organization is heading in the wrong direction as they sit at home for the playoffs. Heading back to their Central Division residence,they are looking at a battle for 8th place with the Coyotes next season. Is it too soon to take a peek at the 2022 Draft and anticipate the arrival of Jones and Werenski?

  • May 30, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Yea the Defensemen that look ‘good’ on top 5/10 teams that we had do because they are deep and prob #6 spot like Leddy/ Those are good when your deep and are the 6 not when you have to have them as the 3/4. Forsling Gostaph other we donot not want those guys until were deep and only as 5/6 spots.

    We want/need Hammer and Hoss back and a good young wave and team system and tuff players then were deep/balanced.

    Were on the way need to add what we donot have its coming going to be good in 2 more yrs.

  • May 30, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Being in the hardest division once they get back to normal tahts good so we can get another top 5 skill draft player. Then with 77 Reichel this draft top 12 and 22 draft top draft player we have some elites to go with a good wave of young wavers.

    We have to have enough elites/core and deep young fast skate 20 players and tuff not fly bys chumps. Then we add top pair Defensemen ufa with Seabs caphit 7m and another with Dunks when hes 40/43 with his caphit and were loaded again.

    better to load up with elites then 19th picks and be top 5 or bottom 5 so we can get to top 5 again. None of that stinking midtier for 20 yrs root beer.

  • May 30, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Why does the NHL/I mean Bettman cater to the east conference. If you win a round in 4 5 games you have to wait a wk/and get rusty timing off for doing so. Every round needs to be a set 14/17 days apart from other rounds so its same for every team.

    Why in the F is east coast teams playing other round when COL isint.

    Complete BS. MTL/TOR play to 4/17 days then every other team has to wait. Not allow two teams that are done start. HS.

    Needs to be the same for every team.

  • May 30, 2021 at 10:00 am

    TW – Eliot Friedman reporting that Seth Jones has told CBL he’s not going to sign now and is more than likely headed to UFA at end of 2022 – maybe there’s a trade there this summer for the Hawks to grab Jones

    Regarding next year it’s definitely going to be tough for CHI to make the playoffs but not impossible- COL and MIN are automatics IMO but after that there are holes in all remaining teams and the Central will probably send 5 to playoffs – too early to start looking at 2022 draft lottery IMO

    Next year has to be about progress as a team whether or not that includes the playoffs

  • May 30, 2021 at 10:29 am

    MIN did surprise by ‘playing’ with VEG but there 56 game forced divinos only record came from piling up on those three teams at bottom LA ANA SAN where STL didnt. I havnt looked at MIN sch results that seems why. So it seems that MIN does better then NAS not sure though about better then DAL.

    I see STL DAL ‘playing’ next season/82 games not 56 sprint which helped teams like MIN who got hot not consistant/STL DAL seem more consisteant type teams.

    With 5 teams though maybe MIN is 5th.

  • May 30, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Thing with Jones is that he’s still a year away from ufa and hard to know whether it’s just posturing from both sides before they get serious or he really will end up elsewhere. If acquiring him it will be hefty return no doubt and have too be pretty certain he will re-sign next summer and not just throwing away future potential for a rental player in a developmental year.

  • May 30, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Wrap, Just saw the good news on Seth Jones not resigning with the Jackets. For next season,I am more than willing to accept incremental steps. I just don’t want to ever see some of the beatings and complete physical domination that this team endured the last 6 weeks of the season. It made me physically ill to watch . Play the game competitively the right way with some edge and pushback. Watching most of the playoffs,I have yet to see a team employ the Colliton fire drill defense.

  • May 30, 2021 at 11:09 am

    Ian,I don’t think it’s posturing. Everyone wants our of Colombus. Hopefully he can talk his defensive partner to come along with him.

  • May 30, 2021 at 12:17 pm


    there is no trade to be made for jones. the hawks are in no position to be giving up any trade value in terms of the combination of players and draft picks that will satisfy columbus. the result would only be strengthening the hawks on the back line and weakening them elsewhere.

    the only move is to hope jones truly makes it to fa and see if the hawks can make an offer that is both responsible to the rebuild and acceptable to jones. if that scenario exists…… wonderful. if not….. move on with the rebuild without him. this is not the time for desperate moves. the acquisition of jones will not put them over the top in terms of advancing from a quality roster to one that is cup competitive.

    bide time and hope for the best.

  • May 30, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    This is why I want a full ufa player for top pair Defensemen using Seabs 7m caphit to cover it. No trade anything get what we need for free.

  • May 30, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Were not going to get two top pair Defensemen from elc caphits and they stay at .925 these players are getting 5-10 m at some point no matter what.

    use Seabs 7m for one and Dunks/other caphit for the other.

    Full circle.

  • May 30, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Really Seabs Dunks Shawze caphits will get us two top pair Defensemen from ufa.

    Just like that.

    Young wavers will be elc low caphits to make it work overall.

  • May 30, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Hawks29 – Jones is 26 years old – he’s a Norris caliber D man and a leader

    If the Hawks were to trade for him they’d have to be sure he’d sign an extension – let’s say for the sake of argument 7 years taking him to age 34 – the rebuild should have caught up to him by then

    As far as holes go there’s no bigger hole than a #1 D man – other holes are easier to fill

    I doubt the Hawks have the pieces to make a trade work but it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try and us fans can’t hope

  • May 30, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    A player like Jones is a known commodity that brings a piece of the puzzle that isn’t in the system right now, no guarantees any player drafted will be anywhere near as elite as he is. He can be the blueline leader for next 8 or 10 years, chances to land a player of his calibur are very limited. To get something big you have to give something big, so expect that, but doing the due dilligence to see what the cost may be, if he is willing to lock himself into a long term deal with Blackhawks are things that should be done, but alot pieces have to fall in place. Certainly will be alot of interest by a number of teams if he is shopped, unless he is determined to try free agency next summer, in which case waiting until then is most sensible thing to do.

  • May 30, 2021 at 6:13 pm


    i agree he is elite, but is the cost affordable considering the hawks roster depth? dach, de brincat, and a #1 to make that deal? they make a deal like that and they are playing whack a mole. they close up the #1 dman hole and create holes at future #1 center and future #1 socring winger not to mention losing a first round pick. just saying we don’t have a deep pool of assets to deal from.

  • May 30, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    H29 – agreed I wouldn’t make the deal you preposed but I don’t think any team would offer that much

    Maybe if the Leafs get eliminated early they are ready to move Marner for Jones if Jones is willing to re-sign there even that is not the equivalent of Dach, DCat and a 1st

    But what if it’s Dach and a first or Reichel, Mitchell and a first then that’s more interesting – although Jones would have to sign in CHI to entertain that cost

  • May 30, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Nikita Zadorov for Brandon Saad.

    Zadorov currently lost on some golf course, out of position playing a loser defensive Colliton system in a sand trap.

    Saad lighting it up in the playoff for Colorado. 4 goals in last 4 playoff games.

    Helluva trade……….

    Care for a glass of Guyana Grape Bowman Kool Aid, anyone?

    Sheesh. So stupid.

  • May 30, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    I would buy the top pair Defensemen from ufa and another player like Hoss from ufa. Keep 77 12 and 1st.

    If we ever trade 77 12 or 1st do it later when they are more valuable one for one and not 3 for 1.

    Were not drafting a top pair Defensmen for this Cup unless we get extremely lucky and get anoher Dunks/or just elite top pair guy from 2nd round. So we have to get them by ufa.

    Which is fine thats how we got Soupy Hoss other we didnt draft entire core and were not doing that this time.

  • May 30, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    From last thread about Dunks and hiting the other team back anytime they hit us.

    May 30, 2021 at 4:18 pm
    I am ok/per say with Dunks getting one game suspension and other guy getting none even though I think first hiiter should always get more then retailator.

    Its playing with proper pushback/take no shit. Playing smart overall drawling others into penaltys more often though when it comes to cheapshots you have to do same back cant just go along and have a arranged boxing match in first mins of next game and all is well. get the F out of here.

    You hit ot try to heit Dunks in the head he will hit you back and not miss. You got what you desevred.

    And for that yr we werent deep/2011 and VAN was the top team because we didnt have depth that yr. VAN didnt win because they were missing one of there top players/why because he tried to it Dunks in the head and Dunks gave it back/same way and he was out or not the same after that and thats what cost them the Cup that yr.

    So I ll take a one game for doing the right thing and not taking shit for certain things like that. Other stuff sure need to play smart and donot do follish penaltys.

  • May 30, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Glad for Saad and hope they will get to the next round
    Lehner ( backup goalie)was really ordinary tonight and Fleury ( their number 1 goalie)will be in goal next game ..would love to see Reeve get a good suspension.
    Saad was too expensive for the Hawks .same for Lehner .we don’t need a number 2 goalie at 5 millions/ year.
    and Jones would be nice to get in 2 years when he is ( maybe ) available. He will be trade before the end of next year and will get signed for a 4-6 years.

  • May 31, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Remember guys,we really don’t know what Dach is yet. Is he going to get into the weight room and improve his skating? Were those initial prospect scouting reports on him and his potential accurate? Is he going to stop collapsing upon contact? I don’t think he is a sure thing at being a top 6 player quite yet. If he has to be included in a deal to start the process in obtaining a top 2 pairing on defense right now,so be it.

  • May 31, 2021 at 12:17 am

    I saw Saad actually involved in that brawl tonight,didn’t happen very much when he was here. He was engaged with Pietrangelo,who I don’t really care for as much since he went to Vegas, and Carllson. He actually received a 10 minute misconduct. Probably the 1st of his career. Saw a lot of 3rd man in,s during that brawl that were not penalized accordingly. Most likely the last time that we will see Lehner this post season.

  • May 31, 2021 at 6:22 am

    If Toronto loses game 7 today, every remaining team will have an ex-Blackhawk on the roster. So, which Blackhawk do you want to see hoist the Cup?

    Colorado – Saad
    Vegas – Lehner
    NYI – Leddy
    Boston – Cassidy
    Montreal – Gustafsson
    Carolina – Teräväinen
    Tampa Bay – Rutta
    Winnipeg – Dano

    Toronto – Nobody

  • May 31, 2021 at 8:25 am

    JG – Saad

  • May 31, 2021 at 8:40 am

    JG – you also forgot

    Janmark – VGK
    Soderberg – COL

  • May 31, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Also forgot Dannault-Montreal.

  • May 31, 2021 at 9:25 am

    terravainen on danault. the worst of the trades.

  • May 31, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Good catch Wrap

  • May 31, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Think Moberg signs a Ahl deal with the icehogs for next season after the upcoming draft.
    Roope Laavainen. Josh Ess and Parker Foo will all expire without hesitation.

  • May 31, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Toronto has Justin Holl who, while never signed by the Blackhawks, was drafted by them in 2010.

  • May 31, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Yea have nothing against COL other then guy who broke Sharpy sollar bone shoulder thing. So Saad. Just donot win more then one Cup and its ok.

  • May 31, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    And because the deserve prob for going head to head wth the red coats

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