Tracking Chicago Blackhawks Free Agents

By Colin Likas
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After the celebratory parade has ended and the confetti has stopped flying, no matter which team has won the Stanley Cup, the next discussion point is roster adjustment. And for the Chicago Blackhawks, it has been a major discussion point after each of their three Cups in the salary cap era.

In recent days, we’ve discussed potential roster casualties while paying Patrick Sharp special attention, which seems necessary after a recent report that the ’Hawks have determined what they desire for him in a trade (not that they’ll get it).

So today, we’re going to stick to the ’Hawks’ restricted and unrestricted free agents, according to the team website. These are the guys who need a new contract from Stan Bowman and Co., or they’ll be moving on.

We’re going to analyze the chances of each player staying with the ’Hawks for the 2015-16 season, putting them in four categories: “no chance,” “little chance,” “decent chance” and “definitely staying.” And we’ll only be talking about guys currently on the big league roster in this post.

And with that, away we go…

Daniel Carcillo

Unrestricted; $550,000 salary, $550,000 cap hit in 2014-15

Regular season stats: 39 games, 4 goals, 4 assists, 8 points, +3, 8:11 average time on ice

Playoff stats: Did not play

Analysis: Carcillo was a surprise addition late in the 2014 offseason, not too long after the ’Hawks shed Brandon Bollig‘s contract. With an apparent understanding he would need to play actual hockey (versus trying to smash heads) to earn playing time with Chicago, Carcillo provided occasional offensive help. But there are far more skilled players waiting in the wings who can do the same thing, and the ’Hawks have bigger signings to worry about than bringing back a guy who would either be relegated to the pressbox or cause irritation by being placed in the lineup ahead of a youngster looking for a shot (Brandon Saad in 2013). From a personal standpoint, it’d be nice to see Carcillo hang up the skates and fight the good fight regarding traumatic brain injuries in the NHL, which he started with his touching tribute to former teammate Steve Montador a few months ago. Happy trails, Carbomb.

Will he be back: No chance

Andrew Desjardins

Unrestricted; $750,000 salary, $750,000 cap hit in 2014-15

Regular season stats: 13 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, +1, 11:00 ATOI

Playoff stats: 21 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points, -4, 13:56 ATOI

Analysis: Desjardins was almost an afterthought of a pickup in a trade that sent fan favorite Ben Smith to the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline. And during his limited regular-season action, that’s exactly what the deal was. But then the playoffs rolled around, and Desjardins eventually found a niche with Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw as the shutdown defensive line that wasn’t satisfied with just providing defense. Desjardins turned into a crucial member of the team during the playoffs, playing nearly 18 minutes in a game against Anaheim where Kruger was clearly ailing. Bowman has indicated a desire to resign Desjardins, and it’d be nice if it were at a similar dollar amount to what he got last year.

Will he be back: Decent chance

Next: Sharps Last Days

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