The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly parting ways with defenseman David Rundblad. The two sides have agreed to a contract termination, according to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Rundblad, 25, was set to earn $1.1 million this season, per General Fanager. His cap hit was $1.05 million, meaning the ‘Hawks will gain $100,000 in cap space by not having to bury his contract in the AHL next season.
Rundblad was unlikely to make the Blackhawks in 2016-17 — not after the additions of Brian Campbell and Michal Kempny, and also the re-signing of Michal Rozsival.
It remains to be seen where Rundblad will end up. One possibility is back in Switzerland, where he spent part of last season before dressing three times for the ‘Hawks in the playoffs.
In a move that evokes memories of Cristobal Huet being shipped off many moons ago, the Chicago Blackhawks loaned defenseman David Rundblad to the Swiss National League’s ZSC Lions.
This comes after the Blackhawks initially waived and demoted the blueliner.
While there’s a Huet connection in NHL team (Blackhawks) sending an ill-fitting player to Switzerland, the big difference is that this doesn’t appear to provide Chicago with any extra cap relief.
The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned defenseman David Rundblad to their AHL affiliate in Rockford.
Rundblad had to clear waivers before he was assigned. The 25-year-old has two assists in nine games for the Blackhawks this season. He’s been a healthy scratch otherwise.
A former first-round draft pick who played sparingly in Chicago’s 2015 Stanley Cup run, Rundblad is signed through next season for a cap hit of $1.05 million.
There were reports earlier today that Rundblad, a Swede, could end up playing in Europe. It’s not clear if that remains an option.
Minus Rundblad, the Blackhawks are left with seven defensemen on their active roster.
The Philadelphia Flyers are doing what they can to get Mark Streit back into the mix without needing to demote Shayne Gostisbehere.
With the deadline to clear room being Wednesday’s game, the Flyers put Sam Gagner on waivers on Tuesday, and it’s possible that this alignment will work for Philly.
The Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac did some of the math:
That’s not to say that it would be the absolute ideal situation. Isaac also notes that the Flyers would carry eight defensemen in this alignment.
Gagner isn’t the only noteworthy player placed on waivers, as the St. Louis Blues did the same thing with Scott Gomez.
In other waiver news, David Rundblad ranked among the players who cleared waivers.
The Chicago Blackhawks have placed defenseman David Rundblad on waivers, according to multiple reports.
Rundblad, 25, has only played nine games this season, with no goals and two assists. He last suited up Dec. 13 against Vancouver.
Rundblad — a former first-round draft pick who played sparingly in Chicago’s 2015 Stanley Cup run — is signed through next season for a cap hit of $1.05 million.
A right shot, the ‘Hawks risk losing him for nothing. However, the move opens up a roster spot that could be used for an AHL callup like Ville Pokka, or to add a defenseman in a trade.
The ‘Hawks have seven other defensemen on their current active roster. Earlier today, they called up Erik Gustafsson from AHL Rockford.