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Blackhawks sign Nordstrom to a one-year deal


The Chicago Blackhawks have signed restricted free agent forward Joakim Nordstrom to a one-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old appeared in 38 games with the ‘Hawks last season registering three assists. Nordstrom also played in three postseason games. In 23 games with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs last season, Nordstrom scored nine goals and 16 points.

Originally a third-round pick of the Blackhawks (90th overall) in 2010, Nordstrom has appeared in 54 career NHL games with Chicago scoring one goal and five assists.

According to Generalfanager.com, the Blackhawks had $231, 540 in cap space available prior to the Nordstrom signing. Marcus Kruger remains the lone Blackhawks’ restricted free agent unsigned.

Related: Ex-‘Hawks goalie Raanta tees off on former club

Under Pressure: Stan Bowman

Stan Bowman

Stan Bowman knew there’d be much change to his hockey club this summer and, as a result, much work to be done.

Wonder if he thought there’d be this much, though.

To recap…

Out: Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya, Brad Richards, Antoine Vermette, Antti Raanta, Kimmo Timonen.

In: Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Trevor Daley, Ryan Garbutt, Corey Tropp, Jeremy Morin, Artemi Panarin, Viktor Tikhonov.

And Bowman isn’t even done yet.

According to war-on-ice.com, the ‘Hawks are nearly $400K over the $71.4 million salary cap, with the likes of ace penalty killer Marcus Kruger and fellow depth checker Joakim Nordstrom still requiring new deals. Kruger’s said he’s willing to sit and wait for an extension and Bowman suggested he’d like to get it signed before training camp, which means the ‘Hawks will have to shed some bucks within the next three weeks or so.

So, how will they do it?

Bryan Bickell, he of the $4 million average annual cap hit — and multiple healthy scratches during the playoffs — has been bandied about as potential trade bait. The club could also try and do something with Kris Versteeg ($2.2M cap hit).

Or maybe Bowman makes a move he doesn’t want to make.

That was the situation earlier this summer with Saad, when the ‘Hawks were forced to move their promising young power forward to Columbus because the dollars didn’t make sense. Remember, Bowman was at one point very adamant he’d get a deal done with Saad — vowing to keep him in Chicago “for years to come” — only to later realize it wasn’t going to work within the budget.

Bowman’s financial pressure isn’t solely about getting under the cap to start the year, either. The ‘Hawks are built to contend, which means there should be some room for potential acquisitions during the season, most notably at the deadline.

Then, there’s the biggest wildcard of all — the Patrick Kane situation.

Unlike the other dilemmas he’s faced, Bowman has virtually zero control over how this one plays out; there’s no timeline for the ongoing police investigation and no clear picture on what would happen should Kane be charged.

All of which makes for a stressful lead-up to the season. Bowman’s got his hands full.

It’s Chicago Blackhawks day at PHT

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Chicago Blackhawks.

The Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six seasons after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games in June.

Defenseman Duncan Keith, who recorded 21 points in 23 playoff games while averaging over 31 minutes a night in ice time, was the recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.

After missing the final 21 regular season games due to a broken left clavicle, Patrick Kane returned for the playoffs and finished with a team-leading 11 goals and 23 points.

Despite a slow start to the postseason, Corey Crawford finished with a 13-6 record in 20 appearances while posting a 1.46 G.A.A. and a .924 save percentage.

Chicago finished the regular season with a 48-28-6 record – good for the third seed in the Central Division.

Jonathan Toews led the Blackhawks in scoring with 28 goals and 65 points in 81 games. Despite playing in just 61 games, Kane was right behind Toews in team scoring with 27 goals and 64 points.

Off-season recap

Following the cup win Toews admitted the 2015 win felt a lot like 2010. With new contracts for Toews and Kane set to kick in, and the Blackhawks up against the salary cap, GM Stan Bowman was forced to trade away key pieces.

To get things started, Bowman dealt Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a seven-player trade. Chicago received Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a 2016 fourth round pick in return.

Brad Richards left for Detroit signing a one-year, $3 million deal.

Then Bowman dealt Patrick Sharp to the Dallas Stars along with Stephen Johns in exchange for Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt.

Five days later, Johnny Oduya joined Sharp in Dallas signing a two-year, $7.5 million deal.

Antoine Vermette returned to Arizona signing a two-year contract with the Coyotes.

Chicago also dealt goaltender Antti Raanta to the New York Rangers for Ryan Haggerty.

There are still question marks surrounding the Blackhawks’ roster as training camp gets set to open next month. Kane’s situation remains uncertain, as he is the subject of a police investigation.

Marcus Kruger and Joakim Nordstrom remain restricted free agents while Dan Carcillo is pondering retirement, as he remains unsigned.

Blackhawks agree to terms with Svedberg on one-year deal

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The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with towering defenseman Viktor Svedberg on a one-year contract.

From the press release:

Svedberg, 24, recorded 14 points (3G, 11A) in 49 regular-season games in his second season with Rockford. His four assists in eight postseason appearances tied for the most among Rockford defensemen. Svedberg has totaled 23 points (5G, 18A) in 84 professional games in North America, all with the IceHogs. The Gothenburg, Sweden, native was originally signed as a free agent on Oct. 19, 2013.

Svedberg is likely looking at more games in the minors next season, though it’s possible the 6-foot-9 defender could see some time with the big club.

Svedberg was a restricted free agent. No financial terms of his contract have been reported.

The Blackhawks still need to sign RFAs Marcus Kruger and Joakim Nordstrom.

Report: Kruger awaits long-term offer once Blackhawks clear cap room

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

The Chicago Blackhawks still have some salary cap fires to put out, even after trading Patrick Sharp. It sounds like Marcus Kruger is willing to wait until the smoke clears.

ESPN Chicago reports that Kruger is fine with allowing the Blackhawks to take the time they need to clear salary cap space for a specific personal goal: a long-term contract.

General Fanager puts the Blackhawks’ current room at about $982K, but the situation is fluid even beyond defenseman Johnny Oduya’s future. Looking at qualifying offers alone, Chicago still needs to resolve discussions with Kruger, Joakim Nordstrom and Viktor Svedberg.

Kruger, 25, carried a cap hit of $1.325 million during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. His actual salary was $1.4 million last season. It’s not really clear what kind of money the useful depth forward is looking for, only that he seems most interested in term, at least according to ESPN Chicago.

To summarize: it seems like Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has some work to do before he can go in full-on vacation mode, but Kruger apparently isn’t giving up on returning to Chicago even if it means waiting in limbo for some time.