The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed Jamal Mayers yesterday for a very cap friendly amount of $600,000 for next season. He was brought in last season to be a veteran presence, play tough, and collect some points on the bottom lines.
Mayers did exactly what he was brought in to do during the season, and was rewarded with another season in Chicago. His poor performance in the first 3 games of the playoffs and then healthy scratch for the last 3 games against the Phoenix Coyotes apparently were not influential in the decision to bring Mayers back for the 2012-2013 season.
The Blackhawks brought in a bunch of veteran presence guys for last season, but Mayers was the only veteran guy that played his part for the entire season. His gritty physical presence will be counted on again next season, along with his ability on the penalty kill. Mayers was 2nd on the Hawks with 102 hits only behind only Bryan Bickell’s 128 hits. Mayers was also one of the few Blackhawks successful at face-offs winning 56% this past season, which was second behind Jonathan Toews 59%
Mayers is not a big scorer, but he never really has been, nor does he have to be on a roster filled with very skillful offensive players. Mayers will be 38 early in the season, so the desire to get a Stanley Cup should be #1 on Mayers priority list going into the season.
I really didn’t think Mayers would be re-signed for next season, but his style and production, and intangibles fit what the Hawks need on the bottom 6. He was exactly as advertised last year, and if he repeats his performance next season this will be one of the better signing the Hawks will have this off season!!
Let’s Go Hawks!!!