Report: Blackhawks Have Work To Do Before Expansion Draft

The expansion draft is coming next summer, and the Blackhawks will reportedly have some work to do to have a roster that meets the specific requirements set up by the league for the draft.

In a column today on, Pierre LeBrun notes that the Blackhawks may have to add veteran players – or re-sign some pending free agents – to meet the required number of exposed players.

LeBrun reminds us of those rules: “Teams can either protect 7-3-1 (seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie) or eight skaters and a goalie. Teams also must expose a minimum of four players (two forwards, one defenseman, one goalie) who meet the games-played and contractual requirement.”

As we have outlined previously, the Blackhawks will have eight players exempt because of no-move clauses in their contracts: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Artem Anisimov, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford.

One question that has come up is whether or not Artemi Panarin is eligible for expansion. While we have indicated in the past that Panarin would be exempt, LeBrun points out that Panarin is exempt from the expansion draft “as a ‘second-year pro,’ so Chicago doesn’t even have to add him to its list.” LeBrun also points out that the Blackhawks’ rookie forwards (Vinnie Hinostroza, Nick Schmaltz, Tyler Motte) and defensemen Gustav Forsling and Michal Kempny are also exempt. (Note: Kempny signed a one-year deal, but will be a restricted free agent next summer.)

Assuming he is with the Blackhawks at the end of the regular season (and this might be enough motivation to keep him), Trevor van Riemsdyk figures to be the defenseman exposed.

Similarly, center Marcus Kruger (and his $3,083,333 cap hit) figure to be exposed.

But, as LeBrun continues, the Hawks need to find another eligible forward and an eligible goaltender to expose.

Andrew Desjardins and Jordin Tootoo will be unrestricted free agents next summer and don’t figure to be back in Chicago.

Dennis Rasmussen and Richard Panik, like Panarin, are set to be restricted free agents next summer. Both would be nice to have back, and Rasmussen’s work on penalty killing lately could make him a suitable replacement for Kruger if he’s selected.

In net, the Blackhawks would need to either acquire someone who meets the 70-40 rule or re-sign Scott Darling with the possibility that he’s selected by Las Vegas being very real.

However it works out, the Blackhawks do appear to have some items to work on before June.

Also on Tuesday, TSN Director of Scouting and resident GM Craig Button conducted a mock expansion draft. Here are the players he selected:


31 thoughts on “Report: Blackhawks Have Work To Do Before Expansion Draft

  • November 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Are you sure the goalie has to meet the 70/40 game requirement because they can also be a rfa with a qualifying offer made to them which i thought for goalie might make nhl games played different in their case.

  • November 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Reading the rules for draft they refer to 70/40 game requirement for forwards and defencemen but not goalies just says under contract or rfa with qualifying offer so johansson would be exempt for the less than 2 yrs. rule but carruth with a qualifying offer may be eligible for draft exposure.

  • November 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I can see Panarin being exempt as a free agent, as a “1st or 2nd year pro” I can’t buy…last time I checked the KHL is pro hockey. I am curious to see how that cookie crumbles with him being a cap issue for us anyway and his play this season is only backing up his value shown last year.
    LeBrun shows Dzingel and Mantha getting picked too and they are both 2nd year NHL players. Both have enough experience if you count AHL, but Mantha just 14 games in the NHL as of now.
    Does AHL count as time as a “pro?”

  • November 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I think you would need a copy of the cba for definition of pro to answer that. Did the 48 hr. Window to relax free agent rules to sign any free agents early as a way to lose your player go away or is that still pending

  • November 22, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Espoforever if you google clarification of 1 and 2 year players it specifically explains pinarin played his khl games before sogning a spc which is the trigger apparently but along with the players you mentioned it also includes hartman as being eligible not exempt because of when they signed their contracts so that makes one possible forward available for hawks depending who they decide to expose.

  • November 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Also the article is quoting general fanager on this so its should be accurate

  • November 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Reason of keeping Svedberg might be expansion be draft. Same may be use McNeill or Mashinter.

  • November 22, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    The article is assuming minimum game requirements are met which also comes in to play

  • November 22, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    According to expansion draft rules ufas are under contract until june 30th which is after draft and can protected or left unprotected like any other player so desijardins tootoo campbell rozival and darling al9ng with hartman from the rfa rule should also be draft eligible.

  • November 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Well “Golden Knights” it is. I can hear the jokes already.

    Kruger will look just fine with that logo.

    We better not lose Darling!

  • November 22, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Thats the thing with darling signed or unsigned he can be drafted because crawford will be only goalie protected one is all thats allowed.

  • November 22, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Yah but there are 29 other goalies on the table and they will take 2 or 3 …just hope they don’t know what we know …marketing ability and name recognition will play a role, to a degree anyway.

  • November 22, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    No big deal, teams can only lose one player. If your franchise is in trouble because you lose a single player you have real depth issues. Besides, this is an opportunity to free up cap space for some teams.

  • November 23, 2016 at 3:02 am

    True one guy shouldn t hurt worst case i d say it ll be one from darling carruth tvr rozical campbell tootoo desijardins and hartman or krueger not protected list. Agree a lot of goalies so darling may not go but free agency another story for him

  • November 23, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Just realized campbell has a no move clause does that he mean he has to be protected too as he is under contract till after draft if so that would force the 8 skaters 1 goalie option and 4 d and 4 forwards with nmc clauses.

  • November 23, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Kruger, Darling, TVR these are all just guys. Would it suck yeah but oh well. The Hawks have another monster goalie in their minors anyways 3rd rounder Wouter Peeters

  • November 23, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    On Ian’s point…Vegas hired the guy that ran general fanager.

  • November 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Campbell does not have to be protected. Vegas can sign a teams UFA players before the expansion draft. And negotiate prior to other teams. If Vegas signs a player like Campbell, the Hawks would have reached their allotment for players they could lose. Maximum of 1 and would not need to go through the expansion draft.

  • November 23, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    This is all well and good. Lovely.

    Bickell@ $4M cap hit scratched by Q; how is it Kruger escapes same? To date, he lends nothing to advancement of trying to win the game tonight. Offense: F. Faceoffs: not taking lately so F or Incomplete. Penalty kill: D and thats being generous.

    It is clear Rozsival sharing Bollig photos that Mashinter passed along. I would rather see Tootoo in lineup for one game. How about some basic coaching — send Kruger a message, simple elementary motivation. This is akin to parent not disciplining child w/ repetitive misbehavior.

  • November 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Iceman doesnt get advanced stats. Kruger has the lowest offensive start zone percentage on the team. He’s in the middle of the pack when in comes to corsi and fenwick at even strength. You know who has a lower corsi? Hjalmarsson. How about a lower fenwick? Seabrook, Keith, Campbell, Anisimov, Kane, Toews.

    Kruger wouldnt continually make team Sweden if he was any resemblance to Bickell.

  • November 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    The eye test is telling. We ll see how it plays out. No worries

  • November 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Krugs is to the FW as Hammer is to the D.

  • November 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Campbell has a no no.move clause which teamsvare obligated to put 9n protected list 1st but if doesn t sign before july 1st the nmc would be meaningless fobthe draft sobgetting him to wave it would be kust a formality. First o was thinking if wanted to play anpther year in chicago and signed a contract he wouldn t want to risk the draft but he can dign after july 1st wherever he wants

  • November 23, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Kruegers there for a reason he contributes bottom line if you don t like how he does it i can t help that

  • November 23, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Houston we have a problem .

  • November 23, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Relax Hawkhead, Mo has assured us it’s fu@k^ng embarrasing to be concerned.

  • November 23, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Aren’t players with an expiring contract exempt? So the only way they lose Campbell is if he signs as UFA early. Think about it. It might be a great opportunity for him. He could probably sign for 2 years there. He’s an avid gambler. And has a good chance to wear the C.

    Chicago then couldn’t lose another player to the draft. That’s good or bad depending on how you spin it. Can still trade Kruger if need be. Could replace Campbell with Pokka or Dahlstrom. Dahlstrom is one of 2 players in Rockford in the plus column. Chyzyk is a +1 in 2 games

  • November 23, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    John Dietz put a clip on Twitter on the Toews injury. His first one didn’t show him getting up. From the view it looked like the back of left leg (achilles?)…he posted another longer version that showed he completed the shift seemingly without too too much agony.

  • November 23, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    One goal in two games ,.,.,lights out boy,s This is my last post .The Wheels on this shit cart are all fully in the ditch ,.,.no last minute heroics ,no pixie dust , no Hossa settling the score one last time , reality setting in ,.,As i said a few weeks back ,something not right here , This team is now playing to it,s potential .

  • November 24, 2016 at 12:05 am

    No ernie rfas and ufas can be left protected or left unprotected as they can be drafted too rules state vegss has to have at least 20 of their 30 players under contract for 17/18 season and 10can be free agents signed early or drafted

  • November 24, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Protected free agents aren t eligible to be signed early same exempt ones like pinarin and kempny only ones in your unprotected pool of draft eligible. Without resigning anyone they would have hartman and krueger as forwards in their unprotected pool to become cap compliant right now but could make a trade or claim somebody off waivers who fits the compliancy rules also

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