Report: Mike Reilly To Test Free Agency

The Blackhawks have been rumored to be one of Reilly preferred destinations. One important step that had not yet been taken was Reilly officially removing himself from consideration for next year’s team at the University of Minnesota. According to McKenzie, that happened earlier this week.

15 thoughts on “Report: Mike Reilly To Test Free Agency

  • May 16, 2015 at 11:02 am

    fwiw, Reilly and the US take on Artemi Panarin & Russia at 12:15 pm CT on Saturday

  • May 16, 2015 at 11:11 am


    What type of player is Reilly? Give me a D-man his game resembles. And do we have a legit shot at signing him?

  • May 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Brian Campbell type.

  • May 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    . Smaller, but not small quick puck moving defenseman. Perfect fit for Hawks.
    Hawks plus – there are rumors about Hawks and his advisor/future agent is Pat Brisson. He´s also good friend with Nick Leddy. Hawks will have 3-4 open spaces for defenseman this summer and Reilly will probably winn one of them.
    Big minus. His father is co-owner of the Wild. Born and rised in Minessotta. Minessota minus are Suter, Spurgeon, Scandella, Brodin, Dumba. Did not left much for new blood.

  • May 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    On his draft card it said he was born in Chicago and he also listed the Blackhawks as his favorite team.

    He was 5’10 150 iah when he was drafted. He’s now 6’1 182

  • May 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Seeing the impact Kevin Hayes is having with the NYR leads one to conclude players seasoned with 3 years at the college level can compete at the highest level. They certainly grow and fill out from a size perspective. Let’s hope this kid joins us and can fill one of the expected holes in our 2015-2016 roster. In the mean time let’s show him that our existing roster is championship material!

  • May 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Smitty, I am totally with you, gosh Hayes is turning into a stud, standing out in the Conference Final today. I must say I did not see this coming.

    I do not fault Stan and company one iota. They rolled out the red carpet for him last year, flying him in to see game 5 against the Kings. They tried and tried, I would imagine Columbus is doing everything it can to sign Reilly but if he says no. What are you going to do, hopefully the Hawks benefit from this.

  • May 17, 2015 at 8:10 am

    My stomach aches every time I watch Hayes playing in one of the Rangers games. He is one of their top players playing at critical times of the games. He wouldn’t have gotten the ice time here that would have allowed him to develop like he has there. What a shame! He will be to the Hawks what the loss of Lou Brock was to the Cubs. Well that’s history, but it still hurts and will hurt every time I see him wearing another uniform.

    As to the current prospects, they could play all the AHL games in the world, but there will still be the transition period to the NHL. I think Johns should have been with the team at the beginning of this 2014-2015 season because of his college experience. The Hawks are delaying the development of their prospects by not spoon feeding them enough NHL experience. Now when we need help, we are stuck with Rundblad and Cumiskey…limited options that no one is comfortable with. We all saw this coming from the start of the year, but why was nothing done about it. The Kimmo trade wasn’t addressing the issue. Regardless of how these two play, the core will overcome.

    So glad it is game day. Go Hawks! Hawks in a grueling 6 games. I’m praying for no cheap shot injuries to any of our players.

  • May 17, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Booman- agree on Hayes… He has been one of their best players in the O zone… seems like he would have been a perfect fit for Hawks cycle game…

    I am guessing if SB had a Mulligan… he might have kept JHayes/traded Bickell/ and Hawks MIGHT have the Better KHayes now…

    I know – some here state that keeping JHayes- had nothing to do with it… but they could have all but guaranteed the kid a spot. He is very hard to separate from the Puck— would have been incredible to see Panarin/Hayes/Kane line… two speed demons w/ a guy who can win lot’s of board battles.

  • May 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

    hopefully the Hawks can make a serious play for this kid. It sounds like he can develop into something.

    As for Hayes, yes it sucks to watch him playing well and him leaving the Hawks at the alter. There are a couple things to remember about his situation. 1St nobody knew how good he was going to be. Its fair to say he has exceeded expecations.
    2nd he didnt want to be here. The Hawks tried to sign him but he wanted to step into an NHL roster from training camp. He didnt feel like he could have here. Although i find that hard to believe after how he has looked.

    As for Lou Brock comparison thats just complete nonsense. Bring that up after Hayes plays a few seasons. The NHL is littered with guys who have 1 season and complete fell off the radar.

  • May 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

    The pining for Kevin Hayes continues with the woulda coulda shoulda’s. LOL at the Lou Brock comparison, holy overreaction. And Wall is still playing retroactive Playstation GM with the shoulda kept Jimmy Hayes because Kevin would have signed here then. Sure, let’s guarantee all these guys coming out of college a spot. Yeah, that’ll go over with the accountability/ice time crowd the first time there’s a 3 game losing streak.

    K. Hayes did not want to play here. It’s that simple. I am not in favor of guaranteeing any kid coming out of college a full time spot. Earn it. The contact $ and burning 1 yr. of the deal ala Baun & Paliotta is one thing, a guaranteed spot on the roster is quite another.

    As for Johns being with the team since the beginning of the year … please. He wasn’t ready. The reason people are pining for him now is specifically (or SPECIFICALLLY, as Wall puts it) because of how the Blackhawks handled him this year. And double LOL at how the Blackhawks are delaying the development of their prospects by not spoon feeding NHL ice time. TVR? Dahlbeck? Clendenning?
    Darling? Terevainen? The list goes on and on …

  • May 17, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    BS, Hayes would loved to have played for the Blackhawks, he and his camp felt that he could play right away and the Hawks didn’t. Hayes watched a plethora of Hawks prospects be held back and then given only very limited opportunities before being traded away. Hayes didn’t want that kind of treatment AND HE WAS PROVEN RIGHT! Much credit to Hayes for believing in himself and sticking to his guns. But this notion that Hayes didn’t want to play here is ridiculous, who wouldn’t want to play for the Hawks?

  • May 18, 2015 at 6:21 am

    B & B, wake up. Lose the clueless. Hayes was offered the same deal here as he was in NY, the difference being he was guaranteed a spot in NY on the roster. Not here. He DID NOT WANT to compete for a spot, he DID NOT WANT to deal with the organization’s perceived depth at forward, he DID NOT WANT to come into this situation. In short, he DID NOT WANT TO PLAY HERE.

    The fact that he chose elsewhere is proof positive he would rather play somewhere else, despite your throw-it-against-the-wall theory of “it’s the Blackhawks, everyone wants to play here”. I hope you don’t have your son post another response using your account now … or was this him posting this latest gem??

  • May 20, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Hof let me start with I do love your posts, but I agree with B and B on the Hayes issue, does anybody think he couldn’t give more than Carcillo has, for example. It’s all about talent evaluation and I think our guys missed this one, that’s what they are payed to know. Not 2nd guessing either saw him many times on tv last couple of years at B.C. and loved his ability to control the puck. Trying not to dump on SB he does a lot of good moves. But we move on.

  • May 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I think the Hawks signed Carcillo right before the start of the season. Hayes made his decision in August. It makes perfect sense to want a kid out of college to come in and earn a spot on the roster. It seems kind of arrogant to be unproven but give an ultimatum to the organization. It’s not like he was some super prospect being the second coming of Gordie Howe, Gretzky, Lemieux, etc. Go out there and show them what you got and let your skill do the talking. Stay in NY. We want character and team players here.

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