RDS’s Renaud Lavoie is reporting the Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Jamal Mayers on a one-year contract extension.
The deal is said to be valued at $600,000 with Mayers receiving $50,000 of it up front as a signing bonus. Those numbers are a slight raise from the $550,000 Mayers made in 2011-12 (the signing bonus on that deal was $25k).
A few news items tonight but first a couple plugs…
–Our PuckChatter~Radio podcast returns this Tuesday night, May 29th at 8pm central. We’ll focus on our listener emails on the Blackhawks, IceHogs and prospects. You can listen live that night at this link. If you have a question or commentary you would like to contribute, send those to PuckChatter@gmail.com by Tuesday afternoon at the latest.
If you haven’t listened to our interview with Stephen Nelson from this past Tuesday night, I’d urge you to do so. If you’re interested in the Blackhawks top prospects in Rockford especially this was a great show. We’ve got a ton of feedback on the interview already, in particular Nelson’s candid account of Ben Smith’s relationship with Jimmy Newcomer, the 19-year old cancer-stricken Rockford area boy who sadly passed away a few weeks ago. We’ll have more on Ben Smith this coming Tuesday night.
–I’ll be a guest on Hockeenight.com’s PuckCast on Sunday night, June 10th to preview the 2012 NHL Draft taking place June 22-23 in Pittsburgh at the CONSOL Energy Center. That’s shaping up to what could be a pretty active weekend for the Blackhawks.
Carruth going pro
Several outlets are now reporting the Chicago Blackhawks have signed goaltender Mac Carruth to a three-year entry level contract. Carruth was selected 191st overall by the Blackhawks in the seventh round of the 2010 Entry Draft.
RDS reporter Renaud Lavoie was first to report Carruth signed to a three-year deal with an NHL cap hit (under the current collective bargaining agreement) of $525,000 per season. Lavoie has been first to report many prospects signing entry levels in the past. The contract would be a two-way deal, so he’d make far less, in the neighborhood of $67,000 per while in the AHL or ECHL. The Blackhawks needed to sign Carruth or he would have been eligible to for Draft re-entry. He can still return to junior hockey for one more season, be it with Portland or should a trade be worked out with another club.
While this deal has not been officially confirmed nor announced by the Blackhawks it should be shortly. CapGeek.com has different, unconfirmed numbers on Carruth’s deal at this point. Announcement or not, all signs point to Carruth leaving the Portland Winterhawks major junior organization in the WHL for pro hockey in the Blackhawks’ system. Read more »
PuckChatter~Radio returned Tuesday night with special guest Stephen Nelson, formerly the Rockford IceHogs radio; pre, intermission and postgame host.
Stephen joined us to share his experiences working for, and with the Rockford IceHogs this past season. He talked about his favorite players to work with and the new player profile feature he helped craft this season.
He also talked about the team’s early struggles experienced this past season and why Stephen always remained confident the IceHogs would turn things around.
Nelson gave us some behind the scenes insight on some of the top IceHogs and Blackhawks prospects including the special bond Ben Smith developed with the late Jimmy Newcomer, the 19-year old Rockford area kid who was suddenly diagnosed with terminal cancer who Smith visited in the hospital late one night and remained in contact with up until Newcomer passed away a few weeks ago.
Our old friend and one-time TTMI writer Dieter Kurtenbach joined me last night for this week’s PuckChatter~Radio. Dieter is now a sports writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and covers the Florida Panthers.
On this show recorded late Monday night, Dieter and I discussed the latest controversy surrounding Patrick Kane and what we think of the reaction it has garnered. Dieter also gives his take on the state of the Blackhawks as well as what steps need to be taken moving forward to get this team back to the Cup.
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Its been rare when big news breaks right before our show and we get to sink into it when its hot and fresh.
Well, that did happen on Tuesday as Joel Quenneville announced he had relieved assistant coach Mike Haviland of his duties effective immediately.
The Committed Indian and SecondCityHockey.com ‘s own Sam Fels joined me in this 75-minute edition of PuckChatter~Radio to discuss this and the rest of the (to this point) known fallout from another disappointing Blackhawks season.
Sam and I discuss why it was the popular Mike Haviland and not (now former) fellow assistant Mike Kitchen who got the axe. Sam dishes his points of discontent with the job Joel Quenneville has been doing behind the Blackhawks bench and also his concerns with the recent Dave Bolland trade rumors.
We also break down the validity of the Ryan Suter speculation, the state of Niklas Hjalmarsson, if the ‘Hawks are truly in dire straights, Corey Crawford, the rest of the news of the week and much, much more.
Oh yeah, and one more thing - Joel Quenneville’s confidential list of potential candidates he will choose from to replace Haviland….. which he claims he hasn’t started yet…. and once he does it will be a secret list…. However, he did tell us on Tuesday that Barry Smith is not on that list… which, again, is secret and not yet begun.
Sam Fels, editor of The Committed Indian and emperor of SecondCityHockey.com is my guest tonight on PuckChatter~Radio.
I’m sure the rumored discord and power struggles emanating from Blackhawks Nation will be a topic of discussion, as will be today’s news of Joel Quenneville dismissing Mike Haviland from his duties as assistant to Quenneville.