Hawks Offseason News

18 Jun

The Chicago Blackhawks have come to terms with forwards Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith on two-year contracts and goalie Carter Hutton on a one-year deal, the team announced on Monday. The Hawks also released goaltender Alexander Salak.

Bollig’s contract is a two-way deal for his first year and a one way for his second that will pay him $575,000 per season, according to a source. A one-way deal means a player is paid the same NHL salary whether he’s playing in the minors or the NHL.

No other terms for the contracts were released.

Interesting that the Hawks released Salak.  They got him in the trade with Florida for Jack Skille.  They also acquired Michael Frolik in that deal.  In the preseason of this last campaign some Hawks fans wanted the back up job to go to Salak over Ray Emery.  Salak looked good in the preseason and Emery started out cold.  Hawks brass chose to go with the experienced Emery and that turned out to be the wise move.  Big difference between preseason play and actual NHL games.

Salak ended up losing his starting job to Hutton in the AHL for the Hawks farm team the Rockford Icehogs.

Smith was all the rage in the year after the cup.  When the Hawks came back from 3 games down to force a game 7 against the hated Canucks, Ben Smith looked like the real deal.  We all thought he would be on the team last year but he barely played.  It seems the injuries, including a serious concussion, put Smith back a little bit in his development.

Bollig earned some fans this year.  He started getting ice time after the Hawks traded John Scott to the Rangers.  The guy will take on most anybody even if he is mismatched in size.  He’ll fight them with a smile on his face.  Gotta like that on your roster.  The Hawks traded off those kinds of players in the salary cup sell off in the summer after the cup win.

It looks like Patrick Sharp isn’t going anywhere.

Sharp, pictured with his dog Shooter, just bought a new house per the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp has paid $2.95 million for a newly constructed, six-bedroom mansion in the Southport Corridor of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

Sharp, 30, had tried late last year to buy a new 7,800-square-foot mansion nearby but was outbid by Theo Epstein, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, who paid $3.25 million for that residence.

Now Sharp is the owner of a 14-room, brick-and-limestone mansion on an extra-wide corner lot. Features include five full baths, two half-baths, multiple decks including one with an outdoor fireplace, a three-car heated garage, a custom spiral staircase, a three-zone chef’s kitchen, a dumbwaiter and a butler’s pantry.

The mansion had been listed for $3.295 million.

According to the multiple listing service, Jennifer Ames of Coldwell Banker represented Sharp. She declined to confirm that Sharp was her client, but she spoke generally about the house, calling it “not your cookie-cutter house.”

“Its floor plan has a center entrance and the layout is not your conventional, rail-car format,” Ames said. “And it’s laid out nicely for entertaining, with a lower level with a wet bar and a wine cellar, plus a couple of nice outdoor decks. It really is a nice house if you like to entertain.”

Sharp’s purchase closed May 2.




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