The New Year started off with a poorly officiated ending and a Kris Versteeg injury.
However, I think this will ignite the Hawks, rather than set them back.
Versteeg's replacement? A rookie. Yes, we've seen him before. Teuvo Teravainen. He has been on a tear of late, and has earned the right to come on up due to Kris Versteeg's injury.
Recent news. 5 Blackhawks made the All-Star squad by fan vote. What? That is awesome. BTW,…Sharp and Hossa also cracked the top 10, just missing the automatic bid.
The Hawks will be playing for 1st place for the remainder of the year. Anaheim, St. Louis and Nashville will battle them for the President's Trophy and/or the Conference title. In addition, the Hawks, in my opinion will make 1 roster move.
What will it be?
Will Raanta stay or be traded? The Hawks might not be able to re-sign Raanta at the end of the year for they will be cap heavy,…once again, and there will be many suiters out there for him. Not a bad idea to trade him and bring up Scott Darling.
Rundblad, Erixon…who stays? Who goes? The Hawks are loaded on defense at the AHL level as well as Europe…as well as Trevor van Riemsdyk will rejoin the team late.
Michal Rozsival is probably in his last year, as well. I don't think they will trade him. I think he'll finish out his contract and then retire…or move on.
Johnny Oduya, a name that was on the lips of people before Nick Leddy was traded to NY Islanders this past September. It is the end of his contract, as well. I think the Hawks are in a situation they NEED him for the playoff run. But, this may cost them when it comes to re-signing.
Brad Richards…I think he stays, but he could go also. He signed a 1 year deal. But, I do believe his experience in the playoffs will be important and he didn't cost the Hawks much at all. Little to lose by keeping Richards around.
Daniel Carcillo. League min' salary. But, he's their muscle. I don't think he'll end up leaving either.
Brandon Saad…no way, no how! Hawks will re-sign this kid. There have been teams that have offered players/picks for Saad and the Hawks have repeatedly said that Saader is off the table. So, he stays.
Sad to say that Matthew Wuest the founder of Capgeek.com has shut down due to health reasons. This is a sad day for all. Many people used cap geek for their information. We certainly wish Matthew the best. Get well Matthew.