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Andrew Desjardins

Blackhawks re-sign Desjardins — two years, $1.6 million


The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed forward Andrew Desjardins. And they’ve kept him for a bargain.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Desjardins’ contract is for two years with a cap hit of $800,000. That’s only slightly more than the $750,000 cap hit he carried this season.

“Took far less to stay,” his agent, Todd Reynolds, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Loves it there.”

Desjardins was traded to the ‘Hawks in March, coming from San Jose for Ben Smith. The 28-year-old finished with one goal and three assists during Chicago’s Stanley Cup run.

GM Stan Bowman said after the final: “We would love to bring him back. It was a nice surprise the way Desjardins played a huge role for us. I think he played a bigger role than we probably expected.”

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Bowman would ‘love’ to re-sign UFA Desjardins

Andrew Desjardins

The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to be forced into making sacrifices this summer in order to stay under the salary ceiling, but one player GM Stan Bowman doesn’t want to let walk away is Andrew Desjardins.

“We would love to bring him back,” Bowman said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “It was a nice surprise the way Desjardins played a huge role for us. I think he played a bigger role than we probably expected.”

Bowman acquired the 28-year-old forward from the San Jose Sharks on March 2 in exchange for Ben Smith and a 2017 conditional seventh round pick. He went on to record a goal and four points in 21 playoff games while logging an average of 13:55 minutes per contest. That included some ice time in power play and shorthanded situations.

Desjardins is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after completing a two-year, $1.5 million deal.

The Blackhawks also have to make a decision regarding UFAs Antoine Vermette and Brad Richards, although Chicago could be priced out of both of them as they’re likely to attract a fair amount of attention on the open market.


Bowman vows to keep Saad in Chicago ‘for years to come’

Bowman vows to keep Saad in Chicago ‘for years to come’


Don’t bother putting an offer sheet in front of Brandon Saad.

That’s the message Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has been sending, with a little help from the media, to his counterparts around the league.

Moments after the ‘Hawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday, Bowman told reporters: “I just talked to [Saad] right after we won. We gave a hug and I said, ‘This is the first of many; we’re going to win a lot together.’ He gave me a big hug and said, ‘Let’s go.’ So, no, he’s going to be here. I don’t think he would want to leave after this scene here.”

Today, Bowman reiterated that message, all but guaranteeing he’d re-sign the 22-year-old pending restricted free agent who scored so many big goals for the ‘Hawks during these past playoffs:

While Saad wasn’t quite as certain as his GM, he clearly does want to be back:

In 2010, the ‘Hawks matched the four-year, $14 million offer sheet that defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson signed with San Jose. Chicago had the option to receive the Sharks’ first- and third-round draft picks in the 2011 draft as compensation. The decision to match ultimately led to the departure of free-agent goalie Antti Niemi (to San Jose, interestingly).

If the Blackhawks do end up signing Saad, they’ll likely need to trade at least one of their veteran forwards. Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell have each had their names come up in speculation.

It’s also not clear which, if any, pending unrestricted free agents will be back. Johnny Oduya, Antoine Vermette, Brad Richards, Andrew Desjardins and Michal Rozsival are all without contracts for next season.

Related: Let’s all remember why offer sheets are rarely signed

(Video) PHT Extra: Blackhawks one loss away from interesting summer


The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t done yet. They could still come back and beat the Ducks in the Western Conference Final. Nobody’s written them off.

But whenever their season ends, even if it’s after winning the Stanley Cup, it’s going to be an interesting summer in Chicago.

Pending unrestricted free agents include three defensemen — Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsival, and Kimmo Timonen — plus veteran forwards Antoine Vermette, Brad Richards, and Andrew Desjardins. At the same time, Brandon Saad is a pending restricted free agent, and Brent Seabrook will be eligible to sign an extension on July 1.

We discuss:

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In the playoffs, sometimes it comes down to the ‘bounces’

Antoine Vermette, Frederik Andersen

By and large, Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson is happy with how the season went.

He just wishes a few more bounces had gone his team’s way in the playoffs, where, by his count, the Habs hit 13 posts on their way to being eliminated in the second round.

“In order to have success in the playoffs, you kind of have to get those bounces once in a while,” Molson said, per the Montreal Gazette. “I look back to 1993 when we won the Cup. Ten of our 16 wins were in overtime. So the stars were aligned for us that year, and this year wasn’t our year.”

Luck, for lack of a better word (perhaps a better word is “randomness”), is always a controversial subject when it comes to hockey. And with so much parity in today’s NHL, it’s been coming up more and more, if only to try and explain why some good teams win and other good teams don’t.

Nobody’s saying that luck is everything. Obviously it’s not, but just look at the Western Conference Final. With a couple of overtime bounces, the Anaheim Ducks could’ve already eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks.

Instead, the series is tied 2-2.

“When you lose in overtime, you lose in overtime,” said Ryan Kesler, whose Anaheim side has lost twice that way in the series. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. One bounce here or there, it’s a different story. So we are where we are.”

And just in case you were going to accuse Kesler of making excuses, here’s Chicago’s Andrew Desjardins: “One bounce here and there, you never know. … I think it’s playoff hockey. It seems like right now it’s a tight game. I think that’s the way it’s going to be.”

Overtime records of past five Stanley Cup champs

2014 Los Angeles: 5-2
2013 Chicago: 5-2
2012 Los Angeles: 4-0
2011 Boston: 4-1
2010 Chicago: 3-1