Hey all. Whats up? For once Im at the radio station today and not a rink somewhere. Free-agency starts tomorrow. Lets get to some questions
With Brent Sopel and Kim Johnsson leaving the Hawks, do you think that they will re-sign Nick Boynton, or do you think they'll bring up a youngster like Simon Danis-Pepin or Shawn Lalonde to fill that hole on the blue line?
This is one im not sure of but it seemed like he ended the season on a good note. I could see them bringing him back but the price has to be right...very right..so, maybe. But they certainly will give a young guy or two a look
Everyone has pretty much agreed that Cristobal Huet is going to be sent down to the minors, but I was wondering how it would work if a European team was interested in his services. Would he still count against our cap, or would he come off the books?
He would come off the books
Ok, time to ask the impossible and request some crystal ball projections: of Toews, Kane and Seabrook, which do you think are likely to remain Blackhawks for life?
In this order...Toews, Kane, Seabrook
Jesse, do you think with the backlog of prospects at Rockford like Skille, Bickel, Dowell and Beach, that Versteeg gets clear to free up room for growth? You would maintain basically 2.5 lines and get a youthful influx with some flexibility at the trading deadline.
If you're asking me if steeg is traded, I do think either him or another mainstay who makes money is still to be moved...just seems like they need to do on more...he's still a likely candidate but I thought he would be gone last week so maybe not...
Jesse, do you think the draft highlighted what Bowman perceived as a shortcoming to the team in terms of competing against the Vancouver and Nasheville squads?
Hard to say that because these players are years away from playing...I know they like size and they need some moving forward...Q likes it and after talking to their scouting staff at the draft, they were glowing about getting size...I would assume Stan/Scotty like it as well
Hey JR!I know you told me the guys over at a certain website are full of it,but now they are reporting that a team out West wants to sign Niemi,not only because they like his talent,but to screw the Blackhawks over...any truth to that?
I do believe there are teams willing to make niemi an offer...I dont think it will be the sharks...as for their specific motivation other than getting better, I cant answer that. Thats just talk
You give the chance of Niemi returning at a low 65%. How could the Hawks justify not resigning him?
I may have been 5-10 percent low on that but I did so because he has options...I mentioned europe, UFA next year, he'll kill in arbitration so the hawks could walk away from that...there are several scenarios where he doesnt return but again, 65% means I do think he will...not about justifying it, its about math..and he could make a killing...i think the hawks ought to offer him like 8-10 yrs at a lower rate..maybe an avg of 3..my opinion
Is Kris Versteeg gonna be a Blackhawk?or will they send him packing?what about Andrew Ladd?
Total gut feeling...one is gone..not sure which..
Hi from a fellow Spartan. I was wondering what people's take is now on Mike Modano outside of Dallas. Seems like he might have something left in the tank and thought about him filling that Madden role (veteran leader) to an extent. However I'm not sure he'd fit money wise unless his main focus was finding the best chance to win another Cup.
yeah, not much talk about modano here. I guess theres a chance for a mil or something since technically 3rd line could be open but im going to say pass...
Jesse, Steeger has to be gone right? Do you know what Stan was asking for? i would think he has more value then Buff right? thanks
About the same value as buff...i know they wanted a 1st round pick and maybe more...again, thought he would have been gone by now so IM not sure
Can Kyle Beach make the team next year?
You predict a 50% that Skille is with the Hawks. Are you saying that there's a 50% chance he's in the minors, or do you think he's traded elsewhere?
I would say 50% with the organization...his time in the minors is up here
Hey Jesse, Love your Blog. How do you feel the Hawks made out in the draft? Do you think the draft and trade for the Hayes brothers was an attempt to keep that all important team chemistry going?
Im no expert on theses guys...I was kind of busy following the run to the Cup but I do like the size and the variety of players..the ones at the draft that i met were impressive...especially that stephen johns...keep eye on him...they actually have been on the older hayes tail for a while so it worked out well for them
Any truth to rumor that San Jose will make offer sheet to Niemi in anticipation Hawks can't match due to cap issues.
I do not believe so...I think they are going after one of the UFA's and will get one very quickly...
hey jess' i say let go of neimi if it allows us to keep hammer and laddy.... alot of goalies are available on the market.. whats your take?
Disagree..A lot of goalies on the market that have not won the cup...like i wrote earlier i say they go all in with niemi...remember, they were outshot more (pct wise) in the postseason than during the regular..he won them some games...im not syaing break the bank for him but dont just let him go to keep ladd...
I've been hearing a lot about Coach Torchetti going to Atlanta as an assistant, would you mind explaining why he would make a lateral move, especially to Atlanta? Thanks!
Its all about being closer to he front of the line. You think Q is going anywhere, anytime soon? If he was a finalist in Atl already, what happens if Ramsey is fired or moves on..he's right there
Were you surprised that the Afternoon Saloon on ESPN 1000 was the one that told Big Buff he was traded? I thought it was pretty tacky that he wasn't told by someone in the Blackhawks organization especially since he's spent his whole career with the organization.
Thats partly Atl. fault. they let the news leak way too early, but a quick call that this could happen probabaly would have been in order. Sopel was told by media as well
Do you think that Hendry is worth having as a 3rd line D-pairing? Or is Stan just willing to keep him because he's cheap? His play this year (in his limited minutes) was less than mediocre in my opinion. Seemed like he didn't have the ice presence and knowledge worthy of staying on the team. Thoughts?
If he's back in the same role 6/7 I can live with that. Q can work wonders with D-men so lets see if he improves but i would not count him as a solid 5
Why have the Hawks been so quite about making moves this last week? After the Buff, Sopel, Eager trade and then the Frazel trade, we have not heard anything but know they need to make moves. Thoughts?
Not easy..they are down to one or two in terms of players leaving so its not like there will be a ton coming and going...some re-signing, etc.
Who do you see filling the PP role now that Byfuglien is gone? Do you think keeping Ladd around with his size would benefit more than keeping Versteeg? Seems like Ladd's one of the few good forecheckers we have at this point.
Ladd some, Kopecky for sure
Sorry. took a call
Jesse,I would of much rather kept byfuglien, but since he is gone, what about Kris Versteeg. He is more of a one way player, but wanted to know your thoughts.
Thought he had a great postseason...proved to me he can play on both ends...probably why they asked for so much for him...no way is he worth that much during the reg year but he stepped it up...
Heard anything about a potential niemi and Brouwer trade for craig Anderson and chris Stewart ?
No. dont believe something like that is true
Is it true only the Toews conn smythe bonus will count against the cap this year?
No. Kane top 10 in scoring will as well
What are chances another team overpays for Hjamarrsson?
I think pretty good. Remember he was making 666k or something like so a big jump doesnt have to be to 5 mil...3 or 4..but I think thats too much
When will most of the free agent signings happen? Can we expect them to occur right away or will most be a lengthy process?
Things will happen pretty quick...
Who do you think the up and coming teams are? Do you think anyone who was out of it last year, will be a threat next?
L.A. is everyone's comer right now..especially if they get Kovalchuk...hmm...stl is guess is always a good choice
I guess i meant
Do you think the Hawks can justify letting Niemi go at all? It seems we'd be in the same position we were this time last year, except without an ace up our sleeves. I've Crawford shaking in net, I don't think he's got what it takes, and I supported Huet for too long. How can Stan Bowman possibly justify letting him walk?
I think he's valuable as you do but I think teams are coming after him...my opinion...multiple offer sheets...might be tough to match...what im not sure of is why they didnt make a hard run at him before july 1...maybe he says yes before other teams call or maybe the agents are too smart for that
is patrick kane going to be in the hall of fame when he is older winning a stanley cup so early
Hard to know..but he's off to a good start
How much salary do the Hawks have to move and do you think that a Versteeg trade might be a bundled move that gets us something back? Or just a salary dump?
Would be a dump...his salary would probably be enough for what they need to do...so hard to know since we dont know how much hammer and niemie and ladd are going to cost...but yes, would be a dump
Do you think the Hawks will sign any free agents from outside the organization? Or will they fill out the roster only by resigning their own free agents and promoting guys from the minors?
I think a couple of low rent veterans will be signed...hopefullyfor less than market value cause they want to win and play for chitown
Do you think the Hawks see Hjalmarsson as a big threat to leave? In my opinion, he made less mistakes than Keith last year and could easily be a Norris Trophy candidate with his consistency and reliability back there. What was his qualifying offer and how much do you think the Hawks would be willing to pay him as a 4th defensemen behind the Big 3 of 2,7, and 51.
Great question. Would you give up a 1st and 3rd for him? That would mean an offer of over 3 mil..I dont think the hawks want to go that far...I think he deserves 2-2.5..but maybe another team says 3-3.5..HIs qualifying is nearly what he made..thats just a formality...but he's not arbitration eligible so he has less leverage than say, Ladd and Niemi
What are the chances of Shawn Lalonde making this team? Thanks
Decent. Im guessing one young D-man makes the squad but I just dont know who that will be
Hey Jesse! The Hawks seem to have such great chemistry on and off the ice. Are they any players that help to hold that together, it would be sad if they lost that?
Sharp is definiely one of those guys...def sad to lose that...seabrook another one...doesnt look like they are going anywhere
Which player recently drafted has you the most excited?
I wrote earlier that I like stephen johns
Jesse, I know this time last year no one saw Hossa coming, everyone was talking about how in the world the Hawks would sign the big three. I know it is premature but you always hear eddie, pat, john, and troy talk about how good both Seabs and Dunc are together and in the spectrum of the whole NHL. I know Seabs has one more year left on his deal. Do you think they will be talking to him soon (once they find out how much money they have to play with) or if Hammer signs a nice deal does that maybe get the Hawks thinking that their top 2 of the future would be Hammer and Dunc?
Good question...There is that chance that seabs walks..doubtful...I dont think they come to him until later in the year as they get a better idea of things...
Have you heard about any players with an injury which would require surgery/extensive rehab that would potentially limit their availability at the start of the 2010-2011 season?
I have not..Ladd seems to eb recovering..Toews tweaked a knee in game 6 but seems ok...might be one we havent heard about but I dont think so
Read your blog on free agents. When do you think we'll hear something about Bickell? Didn't read anywhere that he got a QO.
He'll be re-signed sometime in july
thinking about team chemistry and was wondering-if you are correct about Burish (20%) then who do you think would fill the role of chirpy enforcer? :)
Could be Dowell..could be someone not on the roster...like to thnk bickell can play with an edge...dont have the answer for you right now
Bowman said he was "keeping the core of 19, 88, 10, 2, 7, 81." So, if Stan gets an offer to unload the giant overpaid salary of Campbell, do you see him doing it? I love Soupy, but his $7Mil is a rough one to take...
Yeah but I dont see it happening...he has a no trade or at least a partial one..and hes 2 mil overpaid..but i dont think they are broken up about if they cant move him..he is a good player, especially for the style the hawks play
How do the hawks look long-term in terms of salary cap? I know we have teows, kane, kieth, and hossa signed for a while. But are we going to have to do this every year? We need to re sign Sharp, Seabs, ect.
If they're good, they will be going through this over the years..this one was especialyl needed though because how often do you sign 3 stars to huge deals starting in the same year one yr after signing another one (hossa) so this year is a little unusual..wont be as dramatic other years moving forward..until toews and kane are up again!
Of the potential prospects who could make the team who do you see having the biggest impact next year?
Tough call..I need to see prospects camp and talk to some people...I know Q loves Bickell so that would be an easy answer...Ill go out on a limb and say Beach
What team has improved themselves the most since the end of the season, so far?
If halak is the real deal like he was in the playoffs than that alone makes stl better...
Stan Bowman said the Hawks didn't need to make any more moves regarding the Cap, how is this possible and still sign the RFA's that have been given offers and also fill out the remaining squad?
Magic, I guess. i dont see it either but maybe creative math gets it done...He never said they would keep all just that they didnt HAVE to make a trade...maybe he thinks Niemi and Hammer will take little money
Dear JesseWhen are the Blackhaws going to the White House?
I dont know..guessing training camp or when they are out east next season
Who are you still expecting to no longer be with the Hawks next season?
Best I can do is say I think one of the follwing wont be back: niemi, ladd, hammer, steeg, madden for sure...burish prob gone
If Niemi gets an offer, do Hawks try to clear space to match or sign someone else?
Depends on what the offer is...
once again use your prediction cap, if a few years from now the Hawks have to decide between signing only one of Toews or Kane. who stays and who goes?
I've been listening to you since you were down the dial and keep up the great work...I saw a rumor about Hossa being a potential trade candidate but I figure that he and Campbell will be here...after Toews Kane and Keith who is the most valuable hawk to keep
That was a silly rumor. Hossa isnt going anywhere..there are guesses and then there are real rumors...sharp and hossa are tied for next..
What's your opinion on Marty Reasoner?
Havent seen a ton of him but he'll be solid as a 4th liner..will fit in well Im told...maybe some 3rd line time...not sure...but decent player
Ill end with reiterating that I think niemi and hammer will get offer sheets and thats when things will get intersting..not many players get them but in this case I think at least one hawk does if not both...and maybe even Ladd...so stay tuned..follow me on twitter..@espnchihawks...Ill have some news for sure tomorrow (i hope) and of course in my blog...take care...and stay tuned..thanks for all the questions. good stuff