In case you missed this signing, the Blackhawks agreed to terms with Danny Bois. In 2001, Bois was the 97th overall selection by the Colorado Avalanche. He’s played in exactly one National Hockey League and in that game, he played 4 minutes and racked up 7 penalty minutes.
Move along, not much to see here. Bois will likely spend the entire 2009-2010 season trying to murder people in the AHL. Unless of course, the Hawks want someone to decapitate in Niklas Kronwall in Detroit’s home opener.
–There was an interesting trade made today. The Tampa Bay Lightning sent Radim Vrbata back to Phoenix for Todd Fedoruk and David Hale. Vrbata, if you recall, was signed by Tampa last summer to a 3-year, $9 million deal. Then after playing 18 games, he was told he might be better off playing the rest of the year in the Czech Republic league.
Now, you may be asking what does this have to do with the price of popcorn at the United Center.
There have been many people wringing their hands dry over the contracts handed to Kris Versteeg, Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Cam Barker, etc., all of whom have contracts nearly identical to the immortal Radim Vrbata. “Why would any GM make a trade for contracts like that” is something you may have heard, or even read.
If Tampa Bay could unload Vrbata (and his $3 million cap hit) after he was told to go back to the homeland, then I’m pretty sure the Hawks could find suitors for any of the previously mentioned. Granted, the return Tampa received was less than stellar, but salary dumps are still en vogue in the NHL and the Hawks figure to be participating in at least one of them within the next 11 months.
You have been warned.
Update– Tim Sassone is reporting from a source that newly acquired Marian Hossa is nursing a shoulder or rotator cuff injury. Sassone goes on to speculate surgery would put Hossa out until December. For the record, the source never said anything about surgery, only that the Hawks are monitoring the injury; it was Sassone taking it to the worst case scenario.
We’ll see how this one plays out.