Doan re-upped with the Yotes for 4 years 21.2 million. I assume after the talks of $30 million offers a few months ago, he probably took a significant hometown discount.
Go Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and Illini!
E. Kane resigns with the Jets, another potential off season target off the market......
Sorry, I didn't see a general discussion thread in your team's section, so this is the best I can see at the time...
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Ok, so where were we?! :sarcasm:
Looks like Hawks may still be after that center they were hoping to land via trade before the lockout, Hammer and/or Frolik being the bait. Other than that, not a lot of new faces for this team.
A 2nd line center is always an option but the Blackhawks were pretty damn good at putting up points without one last year.
I think they should stay put for the most part. Defense is improved since last year and offense was pretty damn good last year. Let things play out this year and go from there.
Should be real interesting to see what happens around the NHL and with the Blackhawks over the next week or so.
I would think however, there may be a few teams in desperation mode to fill a gaping hole and there could possibly be a deal Bowman won't be able to turn down regardless. We'll see how it all unfolds real soon....
If the Blackhawks don't go out there for a 2C, I would really like to see Pirri get a shot. Put him with Hossa/Sharp and our defensive side of things don't take a hit. He has looked pretty damn good in the AHL and I think he just needs a chance to play in the NHL. If not, the Hawks will probably go with Kruger there.
Outside the Blackhawks...what is going to happen to Luongo? That should be interesting.
Can't see Luongo going anywhere this season. His contract is ridic.
I think Olsen is going to see the entire year in Rockford. Apparently he has been struggling and the Blackhawks have 8 players ahead of him on the depth chart at the current time.
I'm really excited about Danault. He didn't play that well in the Junior Championships unfortunately. I would expect he plays with his Junior team and then probably to the AHL if they get knocked out of the playoffs early. Most people have him as a 3c...but I like his offensive upside enough that he could be a 2C in my books. Not so high on McNeil though, I don't like him transitioning to a center position in the NHL and I see a 3C at best.
Lastly, these young guys near NHL-ready in Rockford, really need to step up this season and show they can handle important minutes. With the cap going from $70.2 to $64.3 next season, we'll need some cheapies to work out for the time being. Biggest contract coming off the books for next season is Rozy at $2 mil and the Hawks are currently at $60.89 mil for next season and that's without a backup goalie, only 6 d-men, and 11 forwards.
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I'm with you on Saad. A big guy with nice skating and hands...but he just hasn't brought it all together at the AHL level yet, which is a little worrisome. I think he projects to a 2nd line type of guy. Just wondering where he fits in (if he does) on this year's team. The Blackhawks have a whole lot of guys who are going to be on the bubble.
Also, what position will kaner play? Something tells me the carcillo-Kane-Hossa line is going to get another shot. I agree that'd I would like to see pirri get a shot over Kruger in a scoring role. Also wouldn't mind seeing a trade for a stop-gap 2C ( S. Weiss?) with an expiring contract to buy Pirri/Kruger/Terravainen/Danault to be ready. Also we could possibly use a hard hitting forechecking type of winger. We have 8 dmen and an outrageously deep prospect pool, I would like to see us do something trade-wise because I think we do have a few holes.