Report: Hawks Front-Runners For Mike Reilly

According to a story by Michael Russo this morning, University of Minnesota star and now NHL free agent defenseman Mike Reilly has narrowed his list of potential destinations to four teams: Minnesota, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Chicago. And, according to Russo, the Kings and Blackhawks – responsible for the last four Stanley Cup championships – are the leading candidates for the All-American’s services.

Reilly can sign on July 1.

Russo also notes that the Wild put veteran piece of crap Matt Cooke on unconditional waivers on Thursday, intending to buy out the final year of his contract.

50 thoughts on “Report: Hawks Front-Runners For Mike Reilly

  • June 19, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Tab- thx for update… but way I read it… Wild and Hawks are top 2… and you said Kings???

    Tab- how does the buyout/cap hit work???

    If 29 can’t be traded (nobody wants)… what is formula for his cap hit to Hawks???

  • June 19, 2015 at 8:06 am

    looked up some Reilly Youtube highlites..

    Boy can skate… one clip shows him doing 2 consecutive spin-o-ramas protecting puck in O-zone…

    w/ 2,4,7 guiding the kid… Reilly – will be quite the asset!!!

    Panarin + Reilly= who needs 1st or 2nd rd. picks??? The rest of the NHL should be crying about these SB/deals!!! almost- like stealing!!!

  • June 19, 2015 at 8:21 am

    This will be a nice get if Stan is able to sign him. He is a guy that should be able to compete for the 5th or 6th D spot from camp. Lets hope the Hawks can sign him, if heard the Kings, Rangers, Pens and Wild have all been interested however from insiders are saying he wants to be HERE. Rumor is the Hawks have been the front runner and if the Hawks want him(which they do) he wants to be here, was curious if they have been waiting until after the parade to make an announcement.

  • June 19, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I read somewhere (maybe the Russo article?) that Reilly was planning to meet with the Wild coaches, so my guess is he hasn’t decided yet. He was in LA meeting with the King’s coaches and one of them commented that they showed him what it would be like to live and play in southern California. The Rangers are out and not sure if the Penguins are still in the picture so it may be a three horse race at this point (LA, MN, CHI). All three can make a compelling case and from his perspective it’s all good.

    He does seem to be a Leddy clone – great skater with a good shot and offensive skills but not physical and not very good defensively. That’s not to say he can’t be coached up and improve his defensive game, but from comments I read he isn’t an NHL caliber defender right now. That said, neither was Leddy and Q still played Leddy, so …

  • June 19, 2015 at 9:08 am

    We need a big mean dude on the back end, kind of like Rosival was in 2013, and at times in 14 and 15. That being said I think we can get that from Johns. I would love to see this kid in a Hawks sweater.

  • June 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Reilly and Panarin are definitely needed. Here is the way I see the Hawks lining up in Oct.

    20 / 19 / 81 (5.5, 10.5, 5.3) Assumes Saad at 5.5
    23 / 91 / 88 (2.2, 2.0, 10.5) assumes 91 signs for 2.0
    86 / ?? / 65 (0.9, ??, 2.0)
    11 / 16 / ?? (1.8, 2.2, ??) assumes 11 and 16 sign for these amounts

    2 / ?? (5.5, ??)
    7 / 57 (5.8, 0.9)
    4 / ?? (4.1, ??)

    50 (6.0)
    33 (0.6)

    If these are the numbers Cap hit for these guys is 61.8 mm. Got 6 roster spots to fill. If we assume Panarin, Johns and Denault take 3 of those spots, that would consume about $3mm. This will leave about $6mm to fill the other 3 spots. If the Hawks sign Reilly at $1mm, leave $5mm for 2 spots……..piece a cake……..Oh yeah, this assumes they can trade 10 and 29.

    Lot of ifs but I think SB will put together a playoff team for sure, and maybe a contender for the Cup in 16.

  • June 19, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Mike- pretty close on the numbers… but I think you are overpaying #11… I think he is had for about $1M…

    also- when adding your numbers… I come up with $65.8M

    so they would be in trouble by my numbers

  • June 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Should be an interesting few days on the Reilly front. Stan brought him to the Cup final for game 3, also Stan flew to meet him in Buffalo during the combine 2 weekends ago.

    Much like the Kevin Hayes situation, Stan has done everything possible to sign this young man, now it’s in Reilly’s hands.

    Obviously if the Hawks were to get him, it would be huge. I’ve this kid play dozens of times and yes he is in that nick leddy, Phil Housley type mold.

    Training camp sure would interesting as Reilly, TVR, Johns, Rundblad trying to nab spots on the back end.

    In Stan I trust.

  • June 19, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I have read several articles that indicate Washington is hot for Sharp. They apparently have the money and are interested in putting him on the first line with Ovi. I don’t think there will be any problem trading Sharp. I can’t see 23 on the team next year. I would rather have 91 instead of 23. It will be tough to get rid of Bickell without eating some of his salary.

  • June 19, 2015 at 10:14 am

    If I was a gambling man, my money would be on Sharp going to Montreal… and I would be VERY comfortable putting my money there… fwiw

  • June 19, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I agree with Tab on the Sharp thing – Bergevin knows him well, they need scoring, and the Cup experience will be a big enticement for the Canadiens.

    But these are money driven trades, so there’s that. Montreal doesn’t have much room either so money would have to come back all things being equal.

    Once the cap number becomes clear, things will start to happen.

  • June 19, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Wall, you are correct….must of hit a decimal wrong. Hawks will have about $5mm to fill 6 spots, sooooooo let’s hope you are right and 11 signs for about $1.0, then all 6 spots will be filled by EL contracts. I still think that is OK

    To your previous thoughts, trading 50 and 23 would open up many possibilities.

  • June 19, 2015 at 10:26 am

    have to keep close eye on 7 too losing him and 27 would be detrimental

  • June 19, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Do the no movement clauses for Sharp and Bickell continue or where those conditional and expire at the end of the season?

    Got to also expect that at least one of Johns, Pokka and Paliotta will be up with the big club next year. Hof, what’s the word on the Rock River street about which is ready to make the leap? Just from looking at the recently ended playoff run we either need 27 back or need another serviceable guy who can eat minutes.

    Also any idea what Paranin’s hit will look like?

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Chevrier, I stream a fair number of Rockford games, and, for what it’s worth, I like Johns’ game better than Paliotta or Pokka (though I like all three to get a shot), but like TVR, Johns is seeming injury prone. Svedberg is interesting too…not real fast, but an imposing 6’8″ frame could develop into a good NHL player if his positioning is near perfect.
    I believe Panarin is inked for something less than $900k

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I had talked to someone that knows someone close to Reilly on another blog. I know, a bit of a stretch. They stated Chicago was first choice, then another big market team, then Wild were Reilly’s preferences. It sounded like if Chicago can come up with an offer he’s wearing the warrior. This substantiates that claim. LA while maybe not a big NHL market (certainly not a small one) is definitely a big market.

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    My opinion on Paliotta is he was signed and played that 1 game as trade bait. He burned the first year of his ELC (probably the only reason he signed is the Hawks could offer that). Paliotta could be a piece that goes with Bickell.

    My trade scenario with Bickell is pair him with Paliotta for Kerby Rychel. Columbus has said they could move him for young defenseman. Jackets have 3 defenseman under contract for next year. Keeping what they ended the season with they have 2 right shot guys in Goloubef and David Savard.

    Been absent the last few days here, but a new site has come up, seems to be the replacement of capgeek. Very similarly formatted. Don’t know if they have the same impeccable accuracy that capgeek did, but its an option.

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Sharp is a left wing, Ovi is a left wing….can you have 2 left wings on the same line? I know Ovi played right for a bit with Oates, but that didnt end well.

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Capfriendly has Panarin’s listed cap hit at 812,500. I’ll take that.

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm


    Why do you envision splitting up the 11-16-65 line?

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Ernie… I like the Rychel deal

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Both Sharp and Bickell have modified no trade clauses. So they have to give the hawks a list of teams they would or would not accept a trade to.

  • June 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Looking forward to Garret Ross, Ryan Hartman, and Kyle Baun filling the vacated forward positions next season.

  • June 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I agree that Johns is the most ready. Regarding his injuries, this is the first time it’s happened to him, he was never really hurt in college so this year could be an outlier. However, his injuries certainly should be part of the conversation, as they should also be with TvR.

    Outside of TvR, I think all of Johns, Pokka, and Paliotta will spend some quality time on the Blackhawks next year. They need a left shot defenseman to slot in and it looks like Reilly is their main target.

    To specifically answer Chev’s question, I would say Johns is the most ready, especially given his outstanding last 6 weeks and playoffs in Rockford. Pokka isn’t far away, he’s very young and needs a bit more seasoning but he’s pretty close. He thinks the game as well or better than any defensive prospect they have. Paliotta is a tougher call but some time in Rockford won’t hurt him. They’ve put a lot of time in with him during his stint in Vermont and worked hard to sign him, that was no slam dunk signing, he really raised his market this year.

    Also I would be cautious about penciling Kyle Baun into the opening night lineup. The 3 games he played were largely on adreneline and again, they do not like rushing guys so some time in Rockford may well be on his schedule. They got a good look at Tanner Kero and really liked what they saw … I think he’ll primarily be a Rockford guy this coming year but he’ll likely see some time in Chicago too.

    Of interest to me is who will be coaching down there. Will they extend Dent? Dent wants to advance and will pursue NHL assistant jobs if they present themselves. If that happens for Ted I would imagine they’d slide Osiecki right in …

  • June 19, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I think the Columbus GM has a history with Runblad from St. Louis days so watch that scenario too.

  • June 19, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks guys, good stuff from the future pool of names. Was a bit of a bummer to not see Johns other than in the pre-season. Hopefully he gets over the injury bug and is ready to roll come fall.

    In addition to some of the other names being floated around doesn’t Raanta hvae to be in the mix as a Bickell trade deodorizer? With the Hawks having resigned Darling to an extension Raanta looks like the odd man out. I like the kid a lot and he has some great instincts but, oops, there goes his stick into the corner again.

    Also saw the nugget today that Turbo decided to play golf today because he was tired of partying.

  • June 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Terevainen shouldn’t be partying anyway … he’s not old enough to drink!!

  • June 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I’m sure Chicago’s finest as well the city’s pub owners have been generous in looking the other way. Surely a 20 year old Hof took liberties with our state’s liquor laws when celebrating a momentous occasion (like it being Friday afternoon, for example).

  • June 19, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    DTP, I think that the Hawks will not sacrifice a better 4th line at the expense of the 3d line. Shaw has earned his way up. He needs 3d line minutes and opportunities. I see Hartman getting some time on the 4th line next season. He is much a Shaw type player and should slot in with 11 and 16 pretty well.

  • June 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Haha yeah Chev, point taken. In fact I was legal for 10 months, then illegal for 14 months, and legal again due to IL changing the drinking age around that time.

  • June 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Paliotta is a big frame sold defenseman who discovered his scoring touch in his last year at Vermont. He was 6th in scoring for D in NCAA. The hawks give these college kids a Free year to burn as reward to sign with them, I doubt he was signed as trade bait.

  • June 19, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    @ Mike

    With all due respect to Shaw Hartman has a much better shot, and is a better skater then Shaw. Hartman might be a top 6 forward in this league. He has decent upside.

  • June 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Has anyone given the thought that 81 might retire!!!! go out on top, healthy, 3 rings, enough money and help team???

  • June 19, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    The Hawks better hope Hossa doesn’t retire because the recapture penalty would be a killer.

  • June 19, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Shaw has earned A LOT of respect-can’t see him doing what he does for several years at 170 pds.

  • June 19, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    SSHM- I agree Hartman has better shot than 65… But 65 is a very good skater, agile, changes directions… goes to the dirty areas.. like nobody’s business!!!

  • June 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    ….could be wrong but dont think Blackhawks need Reilly….would rather see a defesenseman like Victor Hedman…..or a Chris Pronger type…that would guarantee another cup in my opinion…..Phoneuf would be good but is not consistant…..and Hawks cant afford him…

  • June 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    …..obviously, would still sign him to three year contract but eventually would be trade bait……

  • June 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Many of us have lamented through the years that we don’t have big physical d-men, the kind of guy that can clear the front of the net and paste an opponent into the boards while taking the puck away, and I’ve joined in that chorus too. But, the Hawks game is predicated on d-men that can move the puck, if not themselves by skating it, then by quick decisions and passes. Reilly would fit into that category, much the same way Leddy did.

  • June 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    And good riddance to Matt Cooke.

    Here’s hoping that fellow goons Rafael Torrez, Ryan Reeves, Barrett Jackman, Marchand, Chara , Zac Rinaldo, John Scott, Brooks Orpick, Clayton Stoner, Maxim Lapierre, and Antoinne Roussel follow him out of the game.

  • June 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I never felt John Scott was a cheap shot type of enforcer, not to be grouped with the likes of Cooke and Orpik.

  • June 20, 2015 at 1:59 am

    …..actually Dustin Buflglen would be just perfect with the amount of small sized players that the Hawks have especially if Bickell is moved….Dustin looked pretty frustrated with his team in the playoffs….Im sure he misses rat packing with his Blackhawk buddies and would rather be back with a winning team……..too bad they couldnt afford him either…….

  • June 20, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Hey MR. drop the puck, you mentioned Jackman, I heard Konroyd on the radio friday and he said he has heard that is somebody the Hawks are interested now that he won’t be re-signed by the Blues. Just that he would be our goon.

  • June 20, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Reilly can only sign a 2 year deal due to his age.

    We need to calm down regarding any expensive contracts/big names coming back. It’s not even worth the fodder.

    This big physical imposing presence of a dman we so desperately need (sarcasm), where was he this year? In any event, Stephen Johns appears to be a Seabrook clone. He’s a big, right shot, that had a tendency to go out of his way for the hit….which is why he was in Rockford. To pick his spots better. His Cap hit is 800k. I’ll take that all day as opposed to a rover like Byfuglien who is uncoachable. He does what he wants. He puts points up, but leaves his team vulnerable since there is no structure to his game.

    Any holes on the lineup will be filled with ELC players, or cheap Vets. Richards and Desjardins are the only ones that COULD maybe be retained. I’d look to Columbus who needs NHL caliber defensemen. And Arizona who is looking for scoring. Columbus has forwards and has floated Rychel’s name recently. And Arizona has picks.

    No Ryan O’Reilly, phaneuf,Byfuglien, or any player that will make over 2 million…unless Crawford is shipped out. Crawford for Eberle?

  • June 20, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    @Nettle Creek
    John Scott’s head shot to Louis Eirkson (7 game susp.), leaving the bench to start a fight (2 game susp.), and knockout sucker punch to Tim Jackman (4 game susp.) firmly entrench him as a cheap shot goon.

    Apparently, Scott has worn out his welcome as Doug Wilson has shown him the door. 38 games with 3 goals, 1 assist, 19 SOG, and 6 games of suspensions tend to make one expendable.

    Hopefully teams look at the quality of play during the last 2 SCFs and realize that goons have gone the way of the dinosaur.

  • June 20, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Interesting that Svedberg, much like Stanton in 2013 and Dahlbeck last year was NOT a Black Ace. It appears he actually traveled with the team and was a healthy scratch. Unlike Hartman, danault and Pokka.

    Noticed that Svedberg was in uniform on Monday and in the handshake line.

    Read into it what you will but he appears to have been, next man up.

  • June 21, 2015 at 4:33 am

    craig, I tried to make that connection last year about Dahlbeck, but when he came up during the season it seemed like he did not get much of a look. So I don’t think we can make anything out of Svedbergs situation. Also the 2013 and 2014 guys you mentioned have been moved along within a year, so Svedberg should only be renting. But good observation, guessing what Q is thinking is a chore.

  • June 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Some guy named John Hovan (supposedly an LA Kings blogger) came out today and posted Kings are better than 50/50 odds with Hawks still in mix.

    For whatever that is worth.

  • June 22, 2015 at 9:29 am

    This Hovan character seems a lot like the guy in Arizona. The one that said Shane Doan was going to be traded to the Jets along with Vermette. The Yotes claimed to have found the guys source…the Easter Bunny.

  • June 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Hovan’s legit. The guy in Arizona is not.

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