By Chris Block
Blackhawks announced they’ve re-signed three restricted free agents today.
Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig and goaltender Carter Hutton all inked new deals.
According to reports, Smith and Bollig each signed two-year contracts.
Bollig’s first year is a two-way deal. He’ll be paid at a rate of $575,000 in the NHL and $105,000 if he plays in the AHL. His second year is a one-way contract paying him $575,000.
Ben Smith is also on a two-way contract for 2012-13. Smith will reportedly earn $550,000 when he’s playing at the NHL level and $105,000 in the minors. In 2013-14, Smith has a guaranteed contract for $575,000.
Carter Hutton agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.
–On Friday, the Blackhawks placed goaltender Alexander Salak on waivers. The rest of the league has apparently passed on Salak. Today it was announced the Blackhawks and Salak agreed to an outright release. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Contract Signing, IceHogs, News and Notes
Tagged Alexander Salak, Andrei Vasilevski, Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig, Carter Hutton, Chris DiDomenico, Contract Extension, Contract Signing, Corey Crawford, Ed Belfour, Jimmy Waite, Kent Simpson, Mac Carruth, Malcom Subban, Mike Haviland, Mike Keenan, Neil Wilkinson, NHL Draft, Oscar Dansk, Simon Danis-Pepin, Trent Yawney
By Brad Gardner
The sixth and final meeting of the season between the Blackhawks and Red Wings went down to a shootout, where Patrick Kane scored the deciding goal to give the visiting ‘Hawks a 3-2 victory. Corey Crawford played a strong game, despite giving up a pair of third-period goals, and did not allow a goal in the shootout to register his 30th win of the season.
Detroit’s third period comeback secured one point in the standings, thereby sealing up either the fourth or fifth seed of the Western Conference and a first round match-up against Nashville.
Despite the two points, Chicago settled into the sixth spot with 101 points (45-26-11 record) on the season. They will open the playoffs on the road against the winner of the Pacific Division.
The game played much like the rest of the season series. Each game between the two Central Division rivals has been decided by one goal. It was the fourth time in six games that the final score was 3-2 and the fourth time Chicago came out victorious. The ‘Hawks ended up taking 10 of a possible 12 points out of the season series against the Wings with a 4-0-2 record. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Contract Extension, Contract Signing, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Kings, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Pavel Datsyuk, Playoffs, Ray Emery, Red Wings, Sharks, Tomas Holmstrom, Viktor Stalberg
Al Cimaglia of Sirius/XM Radio and HockeyIndependent.com joined me on Tuesday night for 70-plus minutes of Blackhawks’ talk.
A great show. Al’s extremely knowledgeable and has keen slant on the goings on with the Blackhawks. We discussed the fallout from the Blackhawks’ performance in a 3-1 loss at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday night and previewed the road ahead with games upcoming this week in Edmonton, Dallas and Phoenix to close out the Hawks’ six-game road trip.
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Among the topics discussed:
- Was Duncan Keith right to call out his forwards after Monday’s loss, no matter how correct his assertion is?
- What Keith is upset about and what may have set him off
- Is a “bag skate” in the middle of a road trip, on the Eve of 3 games in 4 nights a sound idea?
- We give Al the Hawks’ GM seat from now until the Feb 28th trade deadline, what would he do?
- ..Wait it out, or react now…
- Which popular former Blackhawk could be a right fit to return this month?
- Other names who could make a positive impact
- Where have the Blackhawks stood for the past three months
- Stat that doesn’t give impression things are so bad
- Record the Hawks must close out with to earn spot in postseason
- Talking sense, not fanatical nonsense, in Brent Seabrook negotiations
- What Seabrook may be thinking
- Sharp at center, positives and negatives
- Hawks around the net, who gets there & who doesn’t
- Who’s hot and who’s not
- Troubling sign again noted with Marian Hossa’s shot
- Q’s line allocations and responsibilities; Defining the 4th line
- Getting a jump start on RFA’s now; why it didn’t happen last year
- Odds Cristobal Huet will ever wear an Indianhead sweater again?
- Have the Hawks hit the physical and emotional wall?
- This year’s locker room vs. last season’s locker room
- And much, much more
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Tagged Al Cimaglia, Brent Seabrook, Canucks, Contract Extension, Cristobal Huet, Curtis Glencross, Duncan Keith, Flames, Joel Quenneville, John Scott, Kris Versteeg, Maple Leafs, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Oilers, Phil Esposito, Stan Bowman, Steve Montador, Troy Brouwer, Zenon Konopka