35 thoughts on “Handzus, Rozsival Coming Back

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    what happened to the young guys. Are they only bringing up two guys? Could this be the end for carcillo n brookbank?

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Bizzaro world at the Hawks front office. Several serviceable centers available, youth movement seed to be in full swing……then this!?!?!?

    Zues is getting a $1.0mm for one year with a NMC/NTC….one more shot then retirement? So now there is a logjam at center and still no true 2c. You have to wonder what Zues’ role is going to be

    Rosival number is not yet published. I HOPE he is in the $1.5mm range with incentives.

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Emery signed with the Flyers for $1.65mm. Again, makes no sense. I thought the strategy of Emery as a backup and Raanta getting a year at the AHL level was perfect. Raanta will make $1.4mm……….so for a mere $250,000 we lose the best backup in the league. Even Emery said he would accept his role to stay……Tab HELP

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Mike, you need to think it out.

    Emery gets to pick the team he goes to. Does he want to sign a small deal with the Hawks or go to the Flyers and try to prove himself as a starter to net a bigger deal the following year?

    Remember the old center the Hawks had on the roster last season that only played in a handful of games and not once in the playoffs? His name was Jamal Mayers. Handzus will be this years Jamal Mayers. I imagine they will look at him as the 5th center going into the season and if Pirri faulters/anyone gets hurt he can come in and be a pretty sturdy center.

    Decent chance the Hawks try to move one of their defensemen before the season OR flip Rozi next off season OR they realize that Hammer might command too much money and they will have Rozi in 2015.

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Happy with both these moves. Handzus can play in 2/3rds of the games and help this team a great deal. I don’t share the enthusiasm over Pirri that some of you do. He’s a fringe NHL player at best, and counting on him to be an important Center piece on a Cup contender would have been assinine.

    Stalberg to Nashville for stupid money. Trotz is going to lose his mind over Stalberg’s one dimensional play within that suffocating defensive style the Predators play. I predict a bad marriage on that one.

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Also, judging by the contracts that are being given out today, expect another player lockout soon because these owners ARE COMPLETE IDIOTS.

    7 years for Clarkson? ;lkjasd;ofkj
    7 years for Horton makes more sense but the guy is hurt ALL THE TIME and who knows how he will come back from this shoulder injury.
    5 years at 4.9M for Weiss?

    Again, you have to look at these deals and LOVE the position the Hawks are currently in.

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    JS, agreed. Didn’t say I was unhappy, just doesn’t seem to be the direction SB was going just a few days ago.

    I would have probably kept Emery for $1.65mm. Raanta is unproven in North American hockey. Taking a big chance if Crow gets hurt. SB and Emery wanted to stay put.

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I like the idea of bringing Handzus back to be the 4th/5th center, though the Hawks should probably ditch Carcillo now. And I like Rozsival back as the 6th/7th defender too, but the Hawks should definitely ditch Brookbank now to free up a roster spot.

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Sounds like Stalberg to Nashville…

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Emery came out and said that he wanted to play in Philly to get a chance to play more games. Had nothing to do with what Bowman would have offered him outside of “starting goalie” because lets face it, Emery is going to start over Mason.

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    JS, you’re absolutely right. Some owners/GMs are so stupid: how about Ribeiro (4years at 5.5M) or Clowe (5/4.85M). They should know better but they’re still trapped in their old thinking pattern. THe FA period is still the time of the year when ludicrous contracts are handed out. Why was there a lockout in the first place when owners commit to such ridiculous contracts? Pathetic!

    Good to see Michal Roszival return. He’s a smart d-man. A little bit surprised to see Zus back, thought his career was over, depth at the center position never hurts though.

  • July 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Stalberg 4 years @ $3mm per. Not the dough he was looking for, glad we have Bickell instead.

  • July 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I think Raanta will do just fine for the Hawks as their No 2 goalie. Don’t know much about that kid, but his stats impress me. He played three seasons in the Finnish SM league and has continually improved his numbers. In 12-13 he was the MVP of the playoffs and was voted best player of the regular season. I wouldn’t worry too much about Emery’s departure. The Fin will be very good for us.

  • July 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Stalberg wanted more than $3M a year? Is he high? Glad to see him gone. Not a very good team mate, always complaining like a baby when he wasn’t playing.

  • July 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I really like both of these moves (although I didn’t see Zeus coming back). Bowman and Q both love their vets. I think everyone hopes a young guy (read Pirri) steps into that 2C role and thrives, but Stan never goes into a season banking on a rookie. Hopefully Q can keep their minutes down during the regular season (like he did with Rosi this year).

    And speaking of not banking on rookies, we’ll see a different veteran goalie signed at some point too. I don’t see any way they just hand the backup job to Raanta (with no North American hockey experience) or one of the other kids.

  • July 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Guys like playing for the Blackhawks. Gotta like that.

    Surprised about Zeus, but Q really likes and trusts him. He was the extra attacker put on the ice. He was right there and drew Chara’s attention away from Bickell on the tying goal.

    Roszival was really good all year. Sneaky slick with the puck. Makes those little plays that relieve pressure. Good depth guy to have. Gotta think Brookbank’s days are numbered especially if Clandening is coming.

    Strange to lose Emory for $250K, but many of those Finish goalies have come and made big impacts as rookies. Grooming him for post-Crawford days?

  • July 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Who’s available in the backup goalie market? Any word on the cost of Zus?

  • July 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I think this is all fine. Somebody said Handzus at 1m and we are waiting on what Rozy will make. I always liked Stalberg and Emery, but the Hawks couldn’t pay Stalberg 3m with the cap and many would say he isn’t worth that regardless. They have replacements for Emery. I think they signed the players they needed to sign and now they just have to bring up players from Rockford and things look good. My guess is that there will still be some room to add somebody at the trade deadline if necessary.

  • July 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Is there room for an Icehog with the signing of Rozi? They platooned him and Sheldon. With the new rules, Sheldon still counts against the cap even if they send him to play with his brother in Rockford, right?

  • July 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    John, I assume your talking about Clendening, who I think makes 900k. I hope so. I think Brookbank makes 1.2. Maybe they got a deal on Rozy? What about Kruger? I hope the Hawks sign Kruger.

  • July 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    How about Jose Theodore as a backup? If he’d do a one year deal, his price could be about right…

  • July 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    What do you people not understand about Ray Emery wanting a shot at being a starting goaltender? Good grief. He was never coming back here. Not rocket science. He’s got a one year deal in Philly to prove he can start. Then if he does well he can cash in. I’m happy for him. Beats being 2nd banana in Chicago after going 17-1.

    Stalberg getting paid $3 M per is insanity. He’s insanely overrated. And how does he ever for with the Trotz style of hockey?!?

    Enough about Pirri. Handzus is a bridge to McNeil and Danault being ready. Pirri will spend the bulk of next season at Rockford which aligns with what his skill set is really all about. He’s a nice kid. But he isn’t a NHL center on a Cup team. That’s just being very naive and non objective.

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Raanta is the backup…he’s been all world for two years in Finland and with world wide competition…so we move on…

    JS understands today’s moves perfectly…Handzus is exactly the same mindset as re-upping Jamal Myers…just a lot better…a guy who can/will play 40+ games and be, similar to Hossa, another coach/great example for all the young kids on the roster…he, Hoss, Rozy, Sharpy, Toews are living, breathing examples of everything that great about this game and how its played…smart move.

    Rozy is another fantastic signing…we don’t win the Cup this year without him…so to have Rozy play 40+ games, and help develop Leddy, Stanton and potentially Clendening, is an incredibly smart move…and this move means that Brookbank has to go…someone will take him for a 7th round flyer…

    If any of you want to read between the lines of what these moves today mean, just think dynasty…the Bowmans and Q know that this team, even with the kids coming this year, can win another 3 or 4 Cups with the current core in place. Bowman today ensured that the Hawks are leaving nothing to chance at being back in the championship game next season.

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Rufus, you are extremely pompous for someone that has made some of the dumbest comments on this site. You also change your opinion on the regular. I’m glad Handzus is definitely the bridge to McNeil and Danault considering less than a month ago you thought:

    “Handzus is finished. We got WAY more out of him than could ever be expected. But the expiration date has hit. He can’t even win a face-off right now.”

    So this finished (not Finnish) and expired player is now suddenly a shoe in and will keep Pirri (the AHL’s leading scorer) down in the AHL. Alright then!

    Maybe we should trade Kane while his stock is high too, since he isn’t a great player?

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Brad- I still think they try to find a veteran backup goalie on the cheap. While Raanta might be awesome, he’s also moving across the world and playing with a bunch of new faces. I imagine they would feel more comfortable going into training camp having Raanta fight it out for the backup spot rather than just hand it to him.

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Sigh. Handzus did indeed hit a wall in the playoffs. But he recovered sufficiently enough to be an absolute asset since coming over from the Sharks
    I’ve been following the Hawks for many years and have my own history playing the game as a younger man. If you don’t like my viewpoint on a blog that has as its fundamental premise the sharing of opinions, then pound sand up your ass.

    I’m not bullish on Pirri. If you are, then great.

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    If Kruger comes back, Pirri is recalled, and the Hawks sign a veteran goaltender for $1M, there is $1-1.5M available for a RW. Who would be the best available FA in that range?

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I would rather they play Raanta 20-30 games and see what he can do…

    seeing rumors of two OLD timers Thomas and the Booulin wall!!!

    any word on Kruger yet???

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Hawks take a run at Brunner- I thought he played fast/smart…

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Rufus- I enjoy/respect your comments!

    and I agree on Pirri- But he really might work if paired w/ 2 strong Defensive forwards…

    I disagree on Stalberg- his speed and effort will be missed- as will Frolik’s…
    $3 M is fair and deserved- if you consider all the $$$ floating around- Hawks would have paid him if they had more money… once Q benched him and told 25 to PLAY D 1st and foremost… he was effective in that role- he just didn’t want that role!!!
    Frolik accepted that role the whole year!!!

  • July 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I’m glad you have watched the Hawks for many years and even played some hockey as a young man, that is important towards shaping an opinion. Handzus didn’t hit a wall, he had a broken wrist and sprained knee…. well… this may have actually come from literally hitting a wall.

    Now, I’m fine with you giving your opinions, but when you give your opinion while also calling people dumb, naive, and non-objective, it makes you look pompous. Especially when you have given so many off the wall opinions.

    Wall- if CC goes down in the first month of the season and is done for the remainder of the season… do you want Raanta and ????? to be the goalies all season? Who is next up in the depth chart to be the backup? A veteran back up is important!

    And Stalberg will definitely be missed (not only because of that smile). He had game changing speed, finished occasionally, and wasn’t near the liability on defense that people made him out to be. He wanted top 6 minutes and he couldn’t get that in Chicago.

    Steve L- you likely won’t see any more signings unless there are some trades. Smith, Morin, Pirri, Hayes all deserve some time with the big club.

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    JS- I don’t mind Raanta being put into fire… Hawks will have the same elite/fast Defensive core…

    what remains to be seen is how well the young guys can stand up and replace the Fore-check of 67 , speed of 25, and smarts of 36… The Youngsters really have better hands/shots… but IMO- the speed/IQ will be the hard part to replace– and a lot of the IQ comes on the job!

    The Goalie position is over-rated for the Hawks- cuz their talent/$$$ are elsewhere.
    I like that Bowman hasn’t overpaid the Goalie position- if Thomas wants to sign for $1M- sign him- but I have faith in the kid who won the MVP in Finland…

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Stalberg had no shooting touch, coughed up puck habitually, and was hit and miss in the defensive zone.

    Against quality opponents he was generally nonexistent. And over the course of 4 playoff series en route to winning the Cup his play can charitably be described as poor.

    He won’t be missed. Just like Jack
    Skille wasn’t missed.

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Man I miss Jack Skille…and Cristobal Huet too. Maybe we can bring him back as a backup vet? :)

    Rozy coming back is great news. The D will again be mobile, agile and versatile.

    To quote the Bulls marketing circa ’92, Real Men do it Twice!

  • July 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I really like Rozy being brought back for 2 more years. He will be a big factor in the progress of Leddy, Stanton, Clendening, and/or Olsen depending on who is most ready to take the next step. SB is really smart. Looks like he’s putting us in position for another run. Handzus might be a big help to Pirri in his effort to take the big step. Emery could have a great year at Philly and come back to Chicago if CC wants in excess of what SB has budgeted for goaltender. Khabibulin could do quite well with the stifling defense the Hawks play.

  • July 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Rufus- c’mon you are comparing Skille to JS’s mancrush 25… not even close…
    Skille should drop the stick and Speed skate with Apollo …

    25’s hand weren’t great but he could actually stop and change direction and carry the puck before he shot the puck wide!!!

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