Live updates on Blackhawks’ trades, signings, news as NHL free agency window opens
With the NHL free agency window opening Friday at 11 a.m., this thread will track all of the Blackhawks’ movement through the weekend.
The NHL free agency window opened Friday at 11 a.m. CT, a bit delayed from its usual July 1 date but full of activity nonetheless.
The Blackhawks aren’t expected to bring in many new players during free agency, though there could be the odd spare part or two signed.
General manager Stan Bowman will instead focus on recouping future assets —like prospects and draft picks —for veterans as the Hawks’ unofficial-but-obvious rebuild begins.
The Hawks are in negotiations to re-sign three players from last year’s team: Dominik Kubalik, Dylan Strome and Malcolm Subban.
Also of intrigue will be the landing spots for the ex-Hawks moving on, from Corey Crawford to Drake Caggiula to Slater Koekkoek.
And around the league, some huge names —Alex Pietrangelo, Taylor Hall, Torey Krug, Henrik Lundqvist, Mike Hoffman, Jacob Markstrom, Tyler Toffoli and others —will ink new contracts, likely with new teams.
Track all of the Hawks-related trades, signings and news in this story stream:
October 08, 2020 09:21 AM
Janmark had 21 points in 62 games with the Stars last season, while Wallmark had 25 points in 67 games with the Hurricanes and Panthers.
After contracting and surviving COVID-19, then backstopping the Blackhawks’ surprising playoff run, Crawford signed Friday with the Devils.
Toews, in an interview Sunday with The Athletic, said Hawks management never conveyed their plans to rebuild to him or the team’s other core players.
Instead of a package of prospects and draft picks, the Hawks received Nikita Zadorov and a depth defenseman for Saad.
Crawford signed a two-year contract with New Jersey on Friday night after becoming a free agent earlier in the day.
Friday’s relatively quiet opening day of free agency left many of the best UFAs still available entering the weekend, but the now-rebuilding Blackhawks won’t be sniffing around them.
Kubalik’s two-year deal with a $3.7 million cap hit comes on the heels of his 30-goal rookie season.
The Hawks will turn to prospects Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen as their 2020-21 goaltenders, the first step in general manager Stan Bowman’s “philosophical” change in their roster-building approach.
Malcolm Subban, Slater Koekkoek and Drake Caggiula reportedly did not receive qualifying offers.