Blackhawks Loan David Rundblad To ZSC Lions

UPDATE: On Sunday, the Blackhawks loaned David Rundblad to ZSC Lions of Switzerland’s National League A. With Rundblad on loan, his cap hit for the Blackhawks will be reduced to $100,000.

There was some intrigue surrounding Rundblad when he cleared waivers. Rockford recalled defenseman Nick Mattson from Indianapolis hours before the Blackhawks announced assigning Rundblad to the IceHogs.

With the addition of Rundblad, Rockford has nine defensemen on their roster including NHL veteran Kyle Cumiskey and Viktor Svedberg, who spent some time with the Hawks earlier this season. Cumiskey will reportedly be out for 4-6 more weeks with a lower body injury; he has not played since Nov. 18, and has appeared in only five games with the IceHogs this season.

Scott Powers first reported on Dec. 30 that Rundblad may be headed to Europe and Chris Kuc echoed those comments.

A report from that Rundblad may be headed to the ZSC Lions of the Swiss NLA. Zurich is in first place in the NLA and is coached by Marc Crawford. If Rundblad wanted to play in front of NHL scouts, Zurich would be a smart landing spot as the likely top overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Auston Matthews, is playing there under Crawford’s watch.

Rundblad, 25, signed a two-year deal with the Hawks after “helping” them win the Stanley Cup. He has been thoroughly outplayed by youngsters Trevor van Riemsdyk and Erik Gustafsson (and Svedberg, though he was demoted). He hasn’t been able to crack the lineup in Chicago.

39 thoughts on “Blackhawks Loan David Rundblad To ZSC Lions

  • January 2, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    What a difference a week makes for Rundblad.

    He will do well there with more time and space and less physicality.

    I doubt he comes to Hawks camp in the fall of 2016. This experiment is effectively over.

    Interesting that after the Hawks traded Clendening last year. Bob McKenzie wrote that they did so because Rundblad, Johns were ahead of him and Paliotta was on the way. All 4 are gone.

  • January 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    All four are gone Clendening is in Wilkes-Barre after playing 9 games with the big club. You could probably throw Dahlbeck in the mix too. Johns is probably behind Esa Lindell and maybe even Julius Honka in the Dallas system that already has 8 non waiver exempt defenseman on the roster.

    Paliotta is still in the AHL for a team that was weak on the blue line. 9 different defenseman have skated for the Jackets other than Paliotta.

    I still think Johns and Paliotta turn out to be good NHL players. But as of now it looks like this could be a case of the Hawks knowing their prospects better than the other teams do. And don’t think too highly of them to keep them beyond their value….other than Rundblad.

  • January 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Even with mistakes, I completely trust the staff/organization that we keep the better overall players. The guys we traded/didn’t keep might/might not be as good/better.

    If Goosetafsson is good him and Riemsdyk are good 5’s (that can play 4 when needed) to have two young guys who are good at defense, that’s a dang good 3rd pair for several yrs to come.

  • January 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    If he does go to Europe, what does that mean for our salary cap?

  • January 2, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Still the same cap hit as being in Rockford for now. If he refuses to come to camp next year and chooses to void his contract he would come off the books.

  • January 2, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Runblad is gone. Meaning we truly have 7 defensemen now the coaching staff is comfortable with. Now if only we could find a capable LW.

  • January 2, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Can Mashinter leave on the same flight as Mashinter?

  • January 2, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I wouldn’t be too comfortable with 47 or 32.

  • January 2, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    He could be placed on unconditional waivers and both parties agree to terminate the contract. That would remove all of the hit

  • January 2, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Correction typo – Mashinter leave on same flight as Rundblad.

  • January 3, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Mashinter is clearly rewarded for his intangibles by the Blackhawks which means he brings a lot to the table.

    Why would a Hawks fan want this guy gone ? It makes no sense.

  • January 3, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Mashinter must be the Hawk’s version of Mike Rishards… aka- Dr. Feelgood!!!

  • January 3, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Mashinter: The boys on the committed Indian need Their yearly whipping boy.

  • January 3, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Despite all of the Mashinter bashing, it’s a fact that Q really likes the guy. Talks his game up big time. He was also a Captain at Rockford. I’m not so sure he’s bound to be going anywhere soon.

  • January 3, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Bri- Yes, my “Handcuffs” cries from 2 years ago… completely unwarranted…

    Prediction: Joni Tuulola- Finland- 2015 draft class- will be the 1st/maybe only contributor to the Hawks in the future…. from the 2015 class

  • January 3, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Mashinter has earned the approval of the coaching staff and fills a need. Hard work has paid off for the young veteran. This need of some idiot fans to rip Mashinter is silly.

    McNeil, Pokka and Hartman are methodically becoming irrelevant. Goes to show that not all prospects make it.

  • January 3, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Mashinter can’t skate, has a limited skill set, never gets shots on the net and is too slow to be an effective forechecker. Come playoff time he will be a huge liability. Q will skate him limited minutes due to lack of confidence which means we will not be able to roll 4 lines.

  • January 3, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Good luck to Rundblad. I wish him well.

  • January 3, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Drouin has formally requested a trade according to his agent. Hawks could use a left wing…

  • January 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Anybody know the story with the guy we got for Clendening, Gustav Forsling? He is still playing in Sweden and I believe he is playing for Sweden in the WJCs. I don’t recall seeing him around in camp or at the prospects tourney and no talk of him. Did we fail to get him signed and lose his rights? He looked like a promising player.

  • January 3, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    He’s still property of the blackhawks. We’ve talked about him here. He has until this summer to sign before his rights are relinquished. I think. I believe it’s 2 years for CHL players, 2 years for Euro players, and 30 days after an NCAA player leaves school.

  • January 3, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Hawks61 thank you for the concise, coherent and spot on post.

  • January 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Droiun is extremely offensively skilled. He was recently sent to the minors so Cooper must not be happy with Drouin’s defensive effort. I wonder if Tampa would take Dano and our first round pick for Drouin. I could see a third line of Drouin/Danault/TT.

  • January 3, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    53 is just a guy who is in 52 spot. Nothing against 53, it keeps others more fresh big picture wise/motivation coaching/teaching. He plays how ever many reg. 82 games then should only play about 2 games in playoffs. Once we add a FW at/before deadline and 16 comes back we will have more depth.

    Loan means we keep the .100 caphit, right. Drouins caphit is elc.

  • January 3, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Tampa recently called up Jonathan Marchessault when Ondrej Palat was injured. Marchessault has 11 points in 22 games. He is an undrafted 25 year old with 26 NHL games to his name. Tampa would have needed waivers to send him down and didn’t want to lose him on waivers. Drouin doesn’t need waivers. Has played 19 games and has 8 points. He’s been injured a bit this year and actually requested the trade in November. His agent just went public with the request after he was demoted. He has a touch of entitlement to him so I’d be leery of that especially with Q

  • January 3, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Yes Morrison. Loan is pretty much the same as if Rundblad was in Rockford. I wonder if he can be recalled to take advantage of LTIR stuff.

  • January 3, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Ernie, I know you and ER know a lot about this stuff. I know a lot too (not as much though) and was thinking that last night. We know Bowman knows that and I am thinking he already knows how to get it close because we need that 1.485 business.

    Wouldn’t we be banking more space (with 1.6 now) prorated/per day by waiting a bit to ltir, then ltir before/at trades are made.

  • January 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I always work better with tangible numbers. But theirs really no disadvantage from what I can tell for not putting him on LTIR. Just because the dollars are there doesn’t mean they have to use it. They can’t bank money on Kruger’s LTIR. But that doesn’t mean they would have to carry a full roster once he is LTIRd. The only thing I could foresee is the league intervening and calling it a circumvention of ltir. Maybe they don’t want to keep going to that well. Maybe a higher dollar player gets injured and they only want to do the roster shuffle once so other teams don’t gripe as much. I’m sure there was plenty of it after Kanes injury allowed them to get Vermette and Timonen. Then game 1 he’s good to go.

    Maybe the Hawks are hopeful Kruger returns before the playoffs and want him in games before and wasting his space wouldn’t allow it.

  • January 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    @Espo – I’ve been reading good things about Forsling. He’s ranked 43 out of 100 on the Elite Prospects site. Not sure how much water that holds but the list looks pretty accurate compared to others I’v seen. He’s a really skilled kid. As Ernie mentioned, I hope we sign him before the summer deadline.

  • January 3, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    “I wonder if Tampa would take Dano and our first round pick for Drouin. I could see a third line of Drouin/Danault/TT.” …….

    Find me a LW1 Hawks1961, not a third line wing that doesn’t play D

  • January 3, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    First line left wings aren’t out there. Look at every teams roster. Here’s a list of possible available left wingers from teams that may trade with the Hawks.

    Mayson Raymond, Mikkel Boedker, Versteeg, Skinner, Jussi Jokinen, Alex Tanguay, Camalleri,Kulemin, Raffl, Kunitz,Perron, Marleau,Lupul,JvR

    Of those, Skinner, Lupul,Marleau,Camalleri probably make either too much and/or too long. Could you talk the Sharks into eating half of Marleau? Probably not.

    Perron would be interesting, but any trade with the Pens would be dollar for dollar and they’re not taking 29 for Perron or Kunitz.

    Raymond? Nope.

    Boedker hasn’t started extension talks with Arizona. His demands and whether the Yotes are in determines his availability.

    Tanguay, Versteeg, JvR. Tanguay only if the Avs are totally out of it. Versteeg part 3? JvR probably fits the best, but how would the Hawks swing a deal. He’s on a decent contract with term. Leafs don’t need to trade him so they’d have to be swayed.

    Most likely the Hawks are stuck putting a natural RW/C on the LW. Eric Staal at Half retained please.

  • January 3, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Broker – I think the jury is still out on Drouin in terms of his defensive skills. He has incredible upside to his game and it’s a bit surprising to me that he floundered as much as he has in Tampa. I think he would thrive in Q’s system.

  • January 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I am only talking about the 1.6 in cap space we have below the 71.4 (not the extra we will get when we ltir the 1.5). Can we still bank that 1.6 (prorated/per day) when our salary cap ceiling is higher then the standard 71.4 or you can only bank space that’s below 71.4 regardless if theres a ltir that makes the ceiling higher (where ours would be 72.885 (71.4 + 1.485).

    If league says that, then lets do it in the ‘proper’ amount of time, that’s why I was asking if there was a rule on how long after injury you have to ltir someones caphit. We deserve this cap space so I want to make sure we arnt pressing on it and etc.

    Unless Krugs is healthy by deadline for games 60-80 I would rather get another extra depth player with the 1.485 we would have to use.

  • January 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    You bank everything except the “gain” when you LTIR a player

  • January 3, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Have faith that Bowman is doing what be needs to to create more space. If it mattered I’m sure he’d be on it.

  • January 3, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Thats what I asked after Krugs got hurt. So based on that we should do the ltir when we get the finetuning moves adjusted. Then we make trades at/before deadline with maybe more then 4.2m in space.

  • January 3, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I would love to see Shane Doan join the hawks for a play off push Doan so deserves a shot ,.,put him on left wing ,.,.he can play any forward position.

    Won gold Olympic with a bunch of hawks.,.,.,Just a fun thought.

  • January 3, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Ernie, I know and do. Thanks for the info I didn’t know. Cheers man.

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