Wrap It Up, We’ll Take It

Over the weekend, the Hawks pretty much wrapped up their offseason activities by re-signing Marcus Kruger for two years at $1.3m per. It’s another bridge contract, just like Nick Leddy received, however neither one takes Leddy or Kruger to unrestricted free agency. They’ll both be restricted in the summer of 2015, which is shaping up to be quite the eventful summer (though expect Toews and Kane to be locked up way before then anyway).

About the only thing left on Stan’s to-do list is perhaps a two-way deal for Drew LeBlahBlah, but that’s not a guarantee either. Seeing as how the Hawks chased Bob Loblaw for a couple seasons, I’d fully expect them to bring him back and stick him in Rockford as Pirri insurance.

So how did Stan do and where do the Hawks stand?

You really can’t argue with getting Kruger and Leddy back in the fold for just about $4 million combined. Kruger became instantly more important once Bolland was shipped to Toronto, as he’s been pegged as the replacement for him for a couple years (with the buzz being Shaw going back to wing which is really where he should be).

Cap-wise, Michal Rozsival only got a $200k raise from last year, and considering his playoff performance that’s a steal. Rozie is certainly going to have some urpy moments in the regular season, but overall he’s still really solid. No complaints here.

Bringing back Handzus was a surprise, and I really worry that Quenneville won’t give him the 15-20 games off in the regular season he’s going to need to be anything other than a pile of plasma by the time April rolls around. But at just $1 million, this can be a flier that you can discard if it really doesn’t work out.

Leddy is the real watch here, because he has to improve to the point where Oduya is expendable next summer to clear up cap space and possibly make room for either or both of Clendening and Johns (assuming they can get him signed, and his skull-crushing performance at prospects camp probaby didn’t make that any easier). Leddy obviously made huge strides this year and I expect that to continue, but this upcoming season he has to prove he can be trusted with important defensive assignments and not just be a puck-rusher. If he does that, 2.7 is going to be a number we’ll laugh at.

If there’s one concern about this offseason, it’s the Hawks did lose a lot of speed on their bottom six. Whatever you thought of Stalberg and Frolik, they were fast and worked hard and that was the Hawks’ biggest advantage on most teams. Ben Smith isn’t slow exactly, but he’s not setting off radar guns. Morin can move ok, but who knows if he cracks the lineup or not and where he would slot. It’s also a wonder if Morin’s game really translates to a bottom six role, though he did it all right for a couple games last year. He’s more physical than he was, but his best attribute is still his scoring touch and you’d hate to waste that.

Perhaps skating Saad on the 3rd line next year helps with this somewhat, and maybe that’s a solution they’ll try. We know Jimmy Hayes won’t solve this problem either.

Look for this to be something the Hawks might have to address at the trade deadline next March.

Overall, it’s about as good as you could have hoped for. Trading Fro may have been a bit premature, but you understand it. The Hawks can move forward from last year’s team if Saad, Kruger, Shaw, and Leddy continue to develop and Pirri, Smith, and possibly Morin/Hayes/dark horse can actually contribute instead of just trying to plug a leak. But it’ll take some patience, which isn’t something Q has had in abundance.

 

  • MattC86

    Holy Shit, a Fabulous Thunderbirds reference? Well, Sam and Dave, I guess. Still. Real music! (Kidding, sort of. . . )

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Maybe Kevin Hayes is the answer?

  • roadhog

    In the same way losing Bolland created a ripple effect with trying to backfill the roster, locating our 2C from the pool of possibles in the organization should have an equally positive ripple effect. Take Pirri as an example . . . if he slots at 2C and is productive, slotting Shaw/Zus/Krugs/etc is much easier. We know line decisions are only as good as your last shift in some cases with Q, so I suspect we’ll see “tryouts” for 2C drag well into the regular season.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      and hopefully the playoffs where Q apparently thinks he has won a bonus round of experimentation.

      • roadhog

        Q loves cups, but he loves experimenting in front of a national audience more . . .

  • Mark

    Phil Danault is the answer for Fro!!!! Just as fast, works the the E Bunny and is cheap.

  • jacquescloutier

    and then there’s the khabi signing…

  • ahnfire

    twitter is abuzz that StanBow has traded Carcillo to the Kings for a pick.

    • MattC86

      I can’t believe it, but then again this is the man who got a 4th for John f-ing Scott.

      • Z-man19

        5th but no less amazing

        • roadhog

          Could’ve been a whistle and I’d have been happy.

        • MattC86

          Thanks for the correction. I’m so excited about this possibility that I’ve stopped doing everything else while waiting for confirmation.

    • roadhog

      I believe.

      • ahnfire

        there’s still no official confirmation.

        I need that official confirmation before I can cheer.

        • roadhog

          I’m not cheering, but I’m on my feet . . .

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Stan has much in common with Crow. Both have been solid if not spectacular, and made to look better than they perhaps are by a strong defense.

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    Hawks just signed stanton to a one year deal. Bye carcillo?

    • Z-man19

      That’s the rumor

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    You say goodbye, I say Carello.

    • robondacob

      What if we traded Carcillo for Colin Fraser?

      • roadhog

        I’d take a pick and open up cap space.

        • robondacob

          THAT’S NOT HOW THIS WORKS, WE NEED AT LEAST TWO USELESS PLAYERS AT ALL TIMES!

          EDIT: NVM I JUST REALIZED WE STILL HAVE BROOKBANK. CARRY ON

  • Z-man19

    Some dude just confirmed the trade

    • lizmcneill

      who? A Kings person?

      • Z-man19

        frozen royalty, if they are claiming him, I’ll call it good

        • lizmcneill

          No take-backsies!

          • Z-man19

            Guys I recognize also confirming, for a conditional pick in 2015

          • roadhog

            I’m trying to think what “condition” would make that pick so bad that I’d want to keep Carcillo . . . nope, I got nothing.

          • Z-man19

            I’d be fine with a reconditioned puck bag

          • lizmcneill

            Pucks included, or just the bag?

          • Z-man19

            Pucks, no pucks, no matter

          • roadhog

            I’d take a whistle missing the pea.

    • roadhog

      And the dude abides.

  • Z-man19

    Penner signs one year with Mallards

    • roadhog

      Won’t have to sell the house.

  • ahnfire

    “Mark Lazerus ‏@MarkLazerus

    Daniel Carcillo has been traded by the #Blackhawks to the #LAKings.”

    WOOHOOOOOOO CONFIRMED

    • roadhog

      I believed.

    • ahnfire

      traded for a conditional 2015 pick.

    • lizmcneill

      Yay, well done Stan!

      • robondacob

        (even though Stan was the one who signed carcillo to that terrible deal in the first place)

        YAY STAN!

        • lizmcneill

          Yes true, but at least he’s cleaning up his mess.

          • robondacob

            Next step is exiling Brookbank, then the Great Summer Purging of 2013 will be complete!

          • roadhog

            Brookbank or Bollig?

          • cliffkoroll

            Follow the money.

          • roadhog

            Ah, Haldeman and the committee to re-elect.

          • robondacob

            Bollig is a minimum wage goon. Not much cap space we can save or talent to gain by getting rid of him

          • lizmcneill

            And Q needs to be kept happy by having at least one facepuncher on the roster. As I was saying this morning, you can’t get much better value for that role than Bollig because he’s making 50K over league minimum.

          • roadhog

            Jammer can throw, just sayin’

          • lizmcneill

            He is still deciding if he wants to retire, isn’t he? Also, he kind of can’t skate any more.

          • ahnfire

            I believe he said he still wants to play and his agent is sure they can find him a team.

          • ahnfire

            with Carcillo gone, we’re restocking our draft picks (necessary) and we have a bit over $2m in cap space.

            I likes it.

          • lizmcneill

            I do too, I was resigned to having Carcillo on the roster on opening day. This is a nice surprise. We don’t need more than one nacho-eating dude in the press box. If there are injuries they can call up a kid on a 2-way contract, it’s easier on the cap.

          • Why

            That’s a pretty glaring understatement of Bollig’s talents.

          • lizmcneill

            not sure if serious…

          • Why

            I am. Bollig’s not a terrible hockey player.

          • Joe Banks

            Bollig is the Acorn that will someday be…

          • roadhog

            And it wasn’t exactly a huge mess.

          • Joe Banks

            Easily cleaned with a Swifter and perhaps a dash of Febreze

  • roadhog

    TSN post . . .

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=427859

    Just wondering, is Carcillo currently in possession of the Cup?

    • ahnfire

      he already had his day.

      today is BenSmith!’s day with the Cup.

  • BanjoLegs

    There’s no way anyone trades for Khabby this year, yes? By my capgeeking, if that were possible as well as Brookbank getting moved, Hawks could have upwards of 5 million in cap room come deadline. A silly thought, but a thought.

  • Joe Banks

    Who is Bob Loblaw? Any relation to Bob LeDonne?