What Are The Blackhawks Doing?

Tuesday was a busy day for the Blackhawks’ front office. They acquired Marc-André Fleury, Tyler Johnson and a draft pick in two trades. The cost: $12 million in cap space and… nothing else. The Hawks are suddenly buyers.

But that begs the question: what the hell are they doing?

If we look at just the players with signed contracts on the Hawks’ NHL roster right now, they’re seemingly full.

  • CapFriendly shows 13 forwards on the NHL roster — a list including Henrik Borgström, Brett Connolly and Mike Hardman but not including Lukas Reichel.
  • CapFriendly shows seven defensemen on the NHL roster — a list not including Nicolas Beaudin or Alec Regula.
  • CapFriendly has Fleury and Kevin Lankinen as the two NHL roster goaltenders.

That roster shows the Blackhawks having $2,469,953 in available cap space remaining. That number could jump back to over $9 million if Fleury opts to retire instead of joining the Hawks for the 2021 season.

Not included in those positional listings:

  • Unsigned forwards Alex Nylander and Brandon Hagel, both of whom received a qualifying offer. Neither has arbitration rights, so those contracts shouldn’t be big.
  • However, defenseman Nikita Zadorov received a qualifying offer reportedly around $3.2 million. Obviously that doesn’t fit into the available cap space.

Of course, Andrew Shaw (and his $3.9 million cap hit) is still headed to LTIR this season. But those are three players who could potentially still be in Chicago without space on the roster for any of them.

And the Hawks are reportedly still talking to David Kampf about returning.

At least for now.

It was a bit of a surprise that the Blackhawks didn’t place Connolly on waivers to buy him out before the deadline on Tuesday. Carrying a $3 million cap hit, it’s hard to see how/where he fits into the roster — especially now that Johnson has been acquired.

Odds are likely that the Blackhawks aren’t done dealing.

Zadorov and perhaps Dylan Strome could find a new home soon. There would figure to be a potential market for either/both. The pause when considering a trade of Strome is not being completely certain that Jonathan Toews can/will return for a full season, or that Borgström is guaranteed to have an NHL roster spot.

In short, the Blackhawks have too many players for the number of roster spots available and are now running a little thin on cap space if they wanted to add anything from outside the organization, much less keep Nylander, Hagel and/or Zadorov.

As we get closer to free agency opening, Bowman might stay active on the trade market. Fleury’s decision will impact anything the team wants to do moving forward, but the Hawks do have options if they want to continue improving the roster.

24 thoughts on “What Are The Blackhawks Doing?

  • July 28, 2021 at 7:29 am
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    these moves are what happens when a moron has cap space and the same moron is the person who approves the personnel moves the moron decides upon.

    this is the 2021 off season sequel to blowing up $13+ million of cap space for three years on shaw, de haan, and maatta.

  • July 28, 2021 at 7:43 am
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    What happened to the rebuild?

  • July 28, 2021 at 7:43 am
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    Playin the kids?

  • July 28, 2021 at 8:06 am
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    Whether you like the moves StanBo has done or you don’t I think its safe to assume that nobody has a clue on what he’s doing. Including StanBo.

  • July 28, 2021 at 8:07 am
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    So far the only kid that’s left is Boquist – Suter is 25 (for comparison Jones is 26)

    So Stan has added a #1 D a #1 G and versatile Cup wining centre a likely 3rd pair D with upside plus he added a second round pick with the potential to recoup a draft pick (even a first) if he trades the #1 G at the deadline all at negligible cost to the rebuild (Boquist) – this is good use of cap space in an era where teams are desperate for cap space

    Kurashev Hagel Dach DCat Lankinen Stillman Kubalik Gaudette Reichel Borgstrom Beaudin Mitchell Hardman Kalynuk Enwistle they’re all still here – not all will play regular NHL minutes but they will when they’re ready – some of them weren’t ready last year and RKF is the best place for those players

    The rebuild is fine and as of today the Hawks are much better than when their season ended

    I’m liking these moves and I don’t see a compromised rebuild either

    More moves to come I’m sure

  • July 28, 2021 at 8:32 am
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    Wrap, thanks for that. It’s rare to find Pollyanna (me) contemplating stepping out on the ledge but after the whirlwind of activity the last couple days – both Hawks related and personal – I had a weak moment when I checked the hockey news last night and saw the Hawks had acquired Johnson. It was an either go to sleep and don’t think about tonight moment or a wake up because I must be dreaming moment. But, with the light of day and with your calm and reasoned post, Pollyanna has her feet under her again … and … Go HAWKS!

  • July 28, 2021 at 9:01 am
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    Players ! A lot of ifs ! Today is the day ,so we will see who else leaves and arrives ! Pops 4

  • July 28, 2021 at 11:42 am
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    This is the fallout when a GM can’t clearly articulate what the plan is. This is what happens when you dodge “rebuild” questions yet give it some level of lip service, by saying things like, “we need to develop our young players”.

    Further, it uncovers some level of “assumed failure” on the small/fast team-of-the-future, which he touted on draft night in 2018 (when he picked Boqvist).

  • July 28, 2021 at 11:46 am
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    I think it’s pretty clear at this point what the Hawks are doing. Completely overhauling a flawed roster from the last few seasons. Kudos to Stan for realizing that Zadorov was very flawed despite his analytics looking solid. Another black eye for the Hawk pro personal department which has an atrocious track record. If guys like Nylander, Suter, and Kampf are a causality, so be it. The only guy that really NEEDS to be retained is Hagel. I am long off the in Stan we Trust bandwagon, but he is doing something for a team that hasn’t had a playoff win in nearly 6 years. Might want to change the coach while he is at it.

  • July 28, 2021 at 12:55 pm
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    Relax fellow Hawk supporters. As mentioned here,so far Boqvist and the Rockford forward dealt to Vegas are the only youth that has been moved so far. This team was getting dominated on a nightly basis the last 2 months of the season and is in desperate need of real NHL players. Let’s wait till training camp starts and see what Bowman has put together before we blast him.

  • July 28, 2021 at 1:22 pm
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    This is the most I have been entertained by SB in some time. He has to have more coming. What IS he doing?

  • July 28, 2021 at 1:34 pm
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  • July 28, 2021 at 1:55 pm
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    I don’t think Stan knows. Darts at the wall. Sign Roenick next.

  • July 28, 2021 at 3:45 pm
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    Love it! Nothing is as what it seems.

  • July 28, 2021 at 3:58 pm
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    Trade Hana for James Neal.

  • July 28, 2021 at 5:09 pm
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    How does Seth Jones at 9.5 look now.

    Hamilton at 9 for 7 yrs.

    I see some of you are pissed about some of the trades that would have pissed me off.

  • July 28, 2021 at 5:22 pm
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    Anyone want Vesey now?

  • July 28, 2021 at 6:22 pm
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    Another busy day for Stan. Re-shaping the team. Moves still need to be made however. McCabe an upgrade to Zadarov but I would rather have had Adam Larsson at 4 mil for 4 years. Obviously he`s not as tough as McCabe but he `s a better D-Man and can actually play top pairing minutes if needed. Without knowing any other possible moves ( here`s looking at you Strome ) I would certainly consider putting Johnson in between Kane and Debrincat. He can win draws for puck possession, has the speed to play with those guys and can make great set up plays for both of them, Too early to project lines but with Khaira in the mix now our third and fourth lines will be bigger and harder to play against. Interesting times.

  • July 28, 2021 at 6:43 pm
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    Suter got 3.25 million per year on a two year deal with Detroit. No wonder Stan let him walk. It was nice to see him fill in admirably last year for the Hawks but I`m not sad to see him go.

  • July 28, 2021 at 8:19 pm
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    Perfect. I like the moves because it gives us good players and we ll get 1sts and 2nds for the tradeline from some of them/the shortterm ones. That is rebuilding smart/creative.

    WRAPAROUND
    July 28, 2021 at 8:07 am
    So far the only kid that’s left is Boquist – Suter is 25 (for comparison Jones is 26)

    So Stan has added a #1 D a #1 G and versatile Cup wining centre a likely 3rd pair D with upside plus he added a second round pick with the potential to recoup a draft pick (even a first) if he trades the #1 G at the deadline all at negligible cost to the rebuild (Boquist) – this is good use of cap space in an era where teams are desperate for cap space

    Kurashev Hagel Dach DCat Lankinen Stillman Kubalik Gaudette Reichel Borgstrom Beaudin Mitchell Hardman Kalynuk Enwistle they’re all still here – not all will play regular NHL minutes but they will when they’re ready – some of them weren’t ready last year and RKF is the best place for those players

    The rebuild is fine and as of today the Hawks are much better than when their season ended

    I’m liking these moves and I don’t see a compromised rebuild either

    More moves to come I’m sure

  • July 28, 2021 at 8:26 pm
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    Southside/Tim, thanks for the truth posts.

    Keep adding tradeline players and players we might want to keep/see as we go.

    Load young wave!

  • July 29, 2021 at 1:24 pm
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    Desperation is a stinky cologne, Stan. Make a rebuild plan and DO IT

  • July 30, 2021 at 3:39 am
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    I am guessing, that Toews and Kane dont want to wait their remaining 2 yrs of contract for nothing. They will have talked to SB so he kept pushing and cancelled the rebuild.

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