NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks

Exit Interviews: Sheldon Brookbank

Regular Season: 48 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points, +2, -0.16 Behind The Net, 3.28 Corsi/60 (-10.1 Corsi Relative). 

Quick note for those somewhat new here. Behind The Net Rating is the difference in the team’s goals-for and goals-against for every 60 minutes the player in on the ice versus every 60 he’s off.  Corsi Relative is the player’s Corsi number relative to the team’s overall rate. 

Playoffs: 7 games, 2 assists, 2 points, +3, o.21 Behind The Net Rating, -4.98 Corsi (-7.5 Corsi Relative)

What We Liked: When talking about your 6-7 d-man, it’s not so much what you liked as what you didn’t hate.  And for the most part, Brookbank didn’t provide much to hate. In a lot of ways and for a lot of the season he was more effective than Rozsvial, though he didn’t play as regularly and was perhaps as screwed as anyone by the insistence on eight defensemen for reasons we’ve yet to hear. Brookbank was solid enough. He wasn’t fast but didn’t get chased down as much as he did the year before. His work with the puck, especially in the playoffs, was far more assured. His play during Seabrook’s suspension in the first round was a real surprise when we were hiding behind the couch. Didn’t do anything spectacular or even great, but considering what he is I didn’t think there was anything that bad.

What We Didn’t Like: There are always yippy moments with Brookbank or anyone of his ilk. He started the season well but had a dip somewhere between the halfway point and the three-quarters mark of the season. Obviously not the best skater, and could get turnover happy when pressured. Doesn’t provide anything on the offensive end, but he’s not supposed to. And I think whatever fights he got into he got his lunch handed to him. But that doesn’t matter. Bollig did the same thing and he’s apparently a Roman gladiator.

What Is It, You Would Say, You Do Here: Nothing anymore. Brookbank is a free agent, and with Stephen Johns coming through and David Rundblad needing time simply to justify the price given up for him, there doesn’t appear to be any room for Brookbank. Rozsival also has another year on his deal so he’s not going anywhere barring a trade or retirement. We know Q prefers Rozsival over Brookbank (didn’t start that way, strangely), so he’ll take his work elsewhere. Brookbank was an honest enough player for a #6-7 blue-liner, the middle relief of hockey. He caused more angst among some fans than he should have. Did a job. Thank him for it. Move on.

 

  • OMFS88

    Not one mention of his excellent nickname, “the accountant”?

  • mightymikeD

    In addition, he wasn’t utterly awful in the two minutes a night that he’d get when dressed as a forward. The Accountant did what he’s paid to do, and I’ve got no complaints about him at all . That said, not sorry to see him gone, either. There are some exciting prospects coming up on D

    • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      He had some stellar games (or, okay, two that I can remember) … which is not something you often say for a pressbox player. I liked him.

      • mightymikeD

        yeah. He was fine. And if we can say that about the 7th D-man, then that’s just dandy. Not his fault he got dressed as a forward or that absurd rotation on the bottom pairing

  • YoAdrienne

    I think that a lot of the angst came from the failed experiment of playing him as a winger. To this day, I still don’t understand that one. As a D-man, I thought he was mostly adequate. A small part of me hates to see him go, as I think he won’t be re-signed. But, I’m more anxious to see what the kids can do. Rundblad seems to have some potential, and maybe the Hawks can fix in him what the Coyotes screwed up.

    • The Nutbrown Hare

      Oy…agreed regarding the mid-season silliness with #17 on the wing. That crap drove me crazy.
      If he didn’t pose a somewhat significant cap hit (too lazy to look it up–a bit over a million, if I’m remembering correctly?) I don’t think I’d mind his return as a sixth/seventh D-man. Better to get a little bit of new blood on the blue line at his price, however.

      • YoAdrienne

        I think he was getting paid around $1.7 million. His contract is up, so it’s possible he could be re-signed on the cheap. Might not be bad to have him around in case none of the younger guys turn out to be ready, but I don’t know if it would be the best use for cap space.

      • Korab22

        If mid-season was silly, what was Game 6 against the Kings? Shit, as it turned out, perhaps he should have dressed for Game 7?

        • The Nutbrown Hare

          From what I noticed, he might’ve played one shift at forward in Game 6 (could be I missed other shifts)…one shift too many, I agree, but I think he was back on D for the rest of the game. Either way, you’re right…another questionable roster decision at a crucial part of the season.

          • Korab22

            You are correct. His D shifts outnumbered his shifts at F that game.

            The 8 D Men coming out of camp was always a head scratcher. When Kostka got hurt early in the season, it was actually a help. Once he came back, and Versteeg was signed in the interim, trying to work any of the young guys in was very tough.

  • TitanTransistor

    Had no problem with the performance of the player, only with his usage by the coach.

    I think that’s going to be a theme with a lot of these ‘exit interview’ reviews, sadly.

  • raditzzzz

    ive got no tears to shed about the hawks moving on from brookbank. he did his job during the minutes he was given, didn’t have a lot to complain about, and he got a stanley cup ring out of it.

    • mightymikeD

      amen. We turn the page and move on.

      • John Nolan

        Agreed on 17. The head scratcher for me was re-upping Rozie for two years. I wonder if Stan jettisons another of Q’s binkys. And I’m on board with moving Oduya. That would be a very StanBow move… and we need the cap space.

  • Jalamanta

    Is a two way deal really out of the question here? He’d be uber- insurance and his brother is in Rockford.
    I understand he’d check out the market first, but I don’t think it’s out of the question that he’d still be in the organization next year.

    • ‘hawks58

      He would be insane to take a 2-way deal. There will be about 20 teams that would be willing to pay him at least what he made this year, and on a 1-way deal. At best, you could hope for a discounted 1-way deal, but do we really need this considering there is Dahlback, Clendenning, and Johns all in the A with the first 2 really having nothing left to prove there? Not to mention Rundblad.

    • http://www.nosqldatabases.com Derek Stainer

      I think after what he showed against St. Louis some GM is going to assume he can do it a full 82 games and give him a raise. Also, I think (I could be way off here) there is a shortage of D-men this offseason so he will be wanted elsewhere.

      • mightymikeD

        the Blueline UFA class this year looks like a bunch of guys who flunked out of clown college. So yeah, he’ll have absolutely no problem getting at least $1M out of someone.

        • Joe Banks

          1.5, I bet…

          • mightymikeD

            yeah. Absolutely.

      • Joe Banks

        If Stanton can thrive in B.C., Brookbank is Bank!

  • jacquescloutier

    will the sixth spot be split again between rozsival and a kid [rundblad, dahlbeck, johns, clendening]? if so, are you comfortable with leddy being their mentor on the ice, or one of the current top four dropping down to five with leddy up to four? does oduya get moved, and either leddy or a kid take the four? so many questions, so much time.

    • mightymikeD

      I think, given the terrible D-Man FA class this year, moving Oduya could a) clear some cap space and b) net a decent return. Moving Seabrook (not that I’m an advocate for that) would double it. Leddy can slot in on the top-four, no problem. Leddy wouldn’t be the mentor, that job would likely go to Roszie (or Keith/ Hjammer if they decided to put Johns or Dahlbeck with a top guy, like Minny did by pairing Suter & Brodin. IMO, the blueline corps is the least of the Hawks’ issues this off-season.

      • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

        I don’t know, mmd. Leddy into the top-4 seems like a bit of an overreach to me. This was the second year in a row in the playoffs where Q’s felt the need to scratch him. I don’t necessarily think he’s forever a 6th d-man, but this coming year seems to me like it will be another learning year.

        I also don’t think you can get an Oduya-Equivalent in return if we were to trade Oduya. That salary is insanely low for a player who plays the role he does.

        • Bannerman

          I see what you’re saying but I’d also point out that Q scratched Saad right before the playoffs each of the last 2 years also. I think it’s more of a motivation tool than a dislike or even distrust.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            Suppose that’s a possibility … a valid comparison. Fingers crossed …

        • ToucanStubbs

          The idea isn’t to get another Oduya, its to free up cap space to address our forwards. We have young guys to fill in the 6th Dman while Leddy moves up to the 2nd Pairing.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            I understand the idea, but my feeling is that Leddy can’t supplant Oduya. He’s the most sheltered d-man on the team, gets primarily o-zone starts. He can’t just start taking the opposition’s best players in mostly d-zone starts. It’s the exact opposite of what he is.

            IMO, Oduya’s role is more crucial than whatever forward piece we might need to add; and it would make us worse to swap Oduya out and bring in a 4-million dollar forward.

          • ToucanStubbs

            I think the days of Kieth and Seabs are over. I think Q is going to pair Hammer and Keith and use them for all the top lines so Seabs and Leddy can still get a little shelter. Eventually, Leddy has to move up, the kid has more in him that a bottom pairing. Sometimes a coach just needs to take that chance and give him a shot to prove he can do it.

    • mightymikeD

      I’ll add to that: I wouldn’t be stunned if they traded Leddy.. they may feel that RUNDBLAD (always ALL CAPS, plz) is Leddy MKII

  • Joe Banks

    But… Brookbank’s mom is hot!

    • mightymikeD

      is she as hot as mama Sharp?

    • Bob Lanz

      Yes there is that… But his lil bro is in the rock so momma ain’t gone yet

  • Bob Lanz

    My only real problem with Brookbank is that Q used him as a forward. That’s not Brookbanks fault but I don’t want that option in play so see ya Shelly. Thanks for the memories. For the love of Hossa please don’t let Stan reup him.

  • jacquescloutier

    OT: we found our 2C…

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=454504
    BLACKHAWKS AGREE TO ONE-YEAR DEAL WITH SWEDE RASMUSSEN

    The 23-year-old Rasmussen had a team-leading 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 52 games this season with V

    6’3″ and swedish. good enough for me.
    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=120245

    • jacquescloutier

      http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=9985

      Rasmussen is a center with good size and wheels, as well as two-way
      acumen. Has fine stick skills and handles the puck well. Drives the net
      and battles along the boards. Has a hard wrist shot and a fast release.
      Useful on the penalty kill and can play wing in a pinch.

    • YoAdrienne

      We’ll see. The NHL is a whole different game than what he’s been playing. It remains to be seen whether or not he’ll play in Chicago or in Rockford, let alone at 2C.

    • Bannerman

      This will give Hjammer someone to talk Swedish to after they trade Oduya

      • YoAdrienne

        So, Kruger speaks pig Latin?

        • Bannerman

          He speaks krugerian

  • Hockey

    Unrelated to Brookbank: @HabsLinks: Pierre McGuire just told @HunterZThompson not to be surprised if Joe Thornton lands in Chicago.

    • Just the Facts

      That would be a neat trick given Thornton’s $6.75 M cap hit and the 3 years remaining on his contract for the 34 year old. You’d have to move Oduya AND Seabrook to make that happen. If the Hawks wanted to free up that much cap space, they should just go get Paul Stastny who is only 28 and an UFA. He scored 25 goals with 35 assists, and has a faceoff % of 54.1. He was at a cap hit of $6.6 M, but will probably go in the $8-9 M range. But if the Hawks were willing to be bold and move both Seabrook and Oduya (which would free up $9.175 M in cap space) they could get it done. Colorado might outbid the Hawks for his services since the Avs have a lot more cap room, but at least it wouldn’t hurt to make Colorado pay top dollar to keep him.

      • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

        It wouldn’t surprise me to see Stastny to be making less than his current salary. I can’t imagine anyone out there giving him 8-9 million.

        • Just the Facts

          He would be a steal at his current cap hit or less. He is by far the best UFA center out there and at 28 you would get several prime years out of him. I would be shocked given the shortage of high quality centers that someone wouldn’t offer him more. Even if the Hawks don’t get him I’d like to see a bidding war because I don’t want the Avs to keep him for cheap (relatively speaking).

      • lizmcneill

        That’s the issue with adding any veteran 2C. To make space you have to move Sharpy or Seabs so it ends up being kind of a lateral move, and most of them get you a worse cap headache when DDN need paid.

        • Bannerman

          If, and it’s a big if, but if Kane really is saying he’ll take a friendlier deal if they get a real center for him that has to be part of the consideration. Stastny is younger than Sharp and the Hawks have other guys that could play wing. Much as I like Sharp, I’d rather have Stastny all things being equal.

          • lizmcneill

            It’s a very big if. How much discount is he going to take? Plus you have no incentive for Toews to match that deal and I can’t see them having significantly different contracts.

  • 334Rules

    I’m curious as to how much of the above numbers were generated by his time on D, and how much during Q’s idiotic delusional attempts to play him at forward.