By Chris Block
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).
Mayers turns 38 in October. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Contract Signing
Tagged Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Carter Hutton, Contract Signing, Dan Carcillo, Extension, free agency, Jamal Mayers, Ray Emery, Stan Bowman
Stan Bowman solidified his repackaged defense corps on Thursday, inking Steve Montador to a 4-year $11 million agreement. The $2.75M annual cap hit is slightly more than you would have wanted to spend, but the difference isn’t significant enough to debate over.
The Blackhawks had acquired Montador’s rights late Wednesday from Buffalo for the seventh-round draft choice Chicago received from Florida this past Monday when the Hawks sent Tomas Kopecky’s negotiating rights to the Panthers. Kopecky signed with the Panthers two days later; $12M over 4 years.
Montador, 31, isn’t huge (6-0, 210) but he’s tough and plays with an edge the Hawks lacked on the blue line. He’s best-suited as a third-pair defenseman on a contender, which the Blackhawks should be again in 2012. But he will kill penalties and fill time on the power play if need be. He’s solid all around, but not really above-average at anything in particular. He gets into trouble when he leans too heavily into the offensive end or in the physical side of his game. But he makes good reads, a solid first pass and is trustworthy. Montador also has a big shot the Hawks might use on a second power play unit and he’s adept and willing to patrol the crease on the defensive end. Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Brent Sopel, Erik Cole, free agency, Jeff Woywitka, Joel Ward, Kent Huskins, Matt Bradley, Maxime Talbot, Paul Mara, Sean Bergenheim, Steve Montador, Vernon Fiddler
I’ll be returning as a guest on this week’s Hockeenight PuckCast.
The three of us will be recording the show Monday night starting at 8:15. Since CT & the Forklift are a bit too weird for the mainstream, you’ll need to register for TalkShoe and note that you’re at least 18 to listen.
We’ll be wrapping the Stanley Cup Playoffs, previewing the Blackhawks at this week’s NHL Draft and looking ahead to what the Hawks might do when free agency commences the following week. And I’m sure there will be a bevy of other topics as well, including mid-90’s Rangers’ references, Pierre McGuire appreciation, the dumbest thing written by a Blackhawks’ writer/blogger in the past two months (this could be a whole show), who will be the first NHL player to get out-ed for sending pictures (dongaging?)of their penis to women’s cell phones and finally where did it all go wrong for career of Dave Chyzowski?
If you can’t listen live the show will be posted at Hockeenight.com late Monday night / early Tuesday morning.
I’ll also post the audio here on Tuesday.
For those asking about the next edition of TTMI~Radio…. as the current and reigning Blackhawks’ general manager would say…. We’re right on schedule…. But I don’t have a timetable for our return.