Friday, June 17, 2016

Bickell, Teravainen, Traded. Panik, Re-signed. Shaw next?

It didn't take long for Chicago Blackhawks' General Manager,  Stan Bowman to start adjusting the roster for the 2016-17 season after the conclusion of the season, as he sent Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2016 2nd-round pick (50th overall), and a 2017 3rd-round pick.  Just hours after that, Bowman re-signed forward Richard Panik to a one-year contract.

Bickell, 30, had spent parts of 9 seasons as a Blackhawk.  He was the 41st overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.  In 384 games, Bickell accumulated 65 goals and 70 assists.  He played a major part in the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion team, where he had 17 points (9G 8A), in 23 games.  He had the game-tying goal, that was the first leg of the "17 Seconds" miracle that resulted in a Game 6, series-clinching win. 
He was also part of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion team as well.  Bickell struggled last year, appearing in only 25 games.  He spent the rest of the season with the AHL affiliate Rockford Icehogs, where he had 31 points (15G 16A) in 47 games.

Teravainen, 21, had a breakout year last year accumulating 35 points (13G 22A) in 78 games.  Originally the 18th oerall pick in the 2012 NHL draft, Teravainen played a key role in the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion team with 10 points (4G 6A) in 18 games, including a crucial 3rd period, game-tying goal in Game 1 of the NHL Finals.

The trade frees up $5.344 million in cap space or the financially strapped Blackhawks.  With that said, hours later, Panik, 24, was re-signed to a 1-year, $875K deal.  Panik, was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup throughout the year after being traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs for well-pawned, trade bait, Jeremy Morin, in January.  Panik played in 30 games in the regular season with 8 points (6G 2A).  He found his groove come playoff time where he brought energy to the Jonathan Toews line, by providing 3 assists in 6 games.


This in turn, leads to the big concern of what happens to Andrew Shaw?  Shaw was arguably the best player the Hawks threw on the ice in the playoffs last year with 6 points (4G 2A) in 6 games.  Both Bowman and Shaw expressed hope that a deal could be done.  With this salary cap freed, one would hope that a deal can be done.


No comments:

Post a Comment