Archive for July 2010

Niemi awarded $2.75 million from arbitrator

The Blackhawks received some good news this afternoon when it was announced that goaltender Antti Niemi received a 1 year, 2.75 million dollar deal at arbitration. This number is much lower than what was expected, as many felt it would be closer to $3.5 mil.  As recently as Saturday morning, Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz shared... Read more »

Bowman prepared for all possibilities, with or without Niemi

While we won’t hear any news regarding Antti Niemi’s arbitration hearing until Saturday, Stan Bowman said in a conference call on Thursday evening that the Blackhawks “will try to make it work.” Stan Bowman has been the hardest working GM in sports this summer The most encouraging statement from the call was that the Hawks... Read more »

The salary trimming continues: Hawks trade Reasoner

The Hawks made a minor move today that may be a prerequisite for a bigger one, trading Marty Reasoner to the Panthers for center Jeff Taffe.  Taffe is a 29-year old underachiever, having spent most of last season in the minors despite being a former 1st round pick.  Taffe has a 1-way contract worth $550,000.... Read more »

Andrew Ladd's breathtaking pictures with the Stanley Cup

Andrew Ladd's breathtaking pictures with the Stanley Cup
If you haven’t seen these photos yet, it is an absolute must. Ladd brought the Cup to his home in British Columbia and took these unique photographs, courtesy of ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun and Sunny Pathok. I didn’t think anything would top this picture from Jonathan Toews’ day with the Cup, but Laddy may have just done... Read more »

Bowman: Sharp won't be traded

Stan Bowman put an end to the Patrick Sharp trade rumors on Monday evening. Bowman reportedly informed Sharp he would not be going anywhere.  According to the Sun Times’ Adam Jahns, the direct quote was “I told him to relax. He’s not going anywhere. He’s a big part of this.” Patrick Sharp will be a... Read more »

A Niemi-included Blackhawks roster that fits under the salary cap

After hearing Antti Niemi’s agent Billy Zito talk on AM 1000 this morning, it is clearer than ever that signing Niemi for under 3 million dollars is a fantasy. Realistically, the asking price is probably closer to 4 million. It is assumed that the Hawks can’t afford Niemi at that price without moving Patrick Sharp... Read more »

Hawks match Hjalmarsson offer sheet but still have work to do

At the conclusion of Prospect Camp this afternoon, Stan Bowman made an announcement that Blackhawks fans had been wanting to hear: Niklas Hjalmarsson isn’t going anywhere. Bowman admitted that the Sharks’ 4 year, 14 million dollar offer sheet was “unexpected”, but judging by the interview, the Hawks’ brass never had any doubts about matching it. ... Read more »

Hjalmarsson signs an offer sheet with San Jose

According to TSN, Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has signed an offer sheet with San Jose. The offer sheet is worth 14 million dollars over 4 years, which is a 3.5 million dollar cap hit. The Blackhawks have 7 days to match the offer and keep Hjalmarsson. If they don’t match the offer, Hjalmarsson becomes a... Read more »

Prospect Camp: A few players to keep an eye on

This weekend, the Blackhawks will host a prospect camp that is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing in years.  When Stan Bowman traded away Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, Kris Versteeg, and Andrew Ladd, he received mostly young prospects and draft picks in return. As a result, the Hawks will have... Read more »