The Hawks’ Nest


Former Hawks find new homes – Updated
July 1, 2009, 1:40 pm
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I’m not sure what this means exactly, but I almost find the first day of NHL free agency as exciting as anything that actually happens on the ice from October through June.

Every 30 seconds there’s a new headline – “Sedins staying! Bouweester signs! Khabibulin leaves!” It’s dizzying.

But in all the hoopla, at least two former Hawks have found new homes. Marian Hossa has signed a 12(!)-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Hossa will be a great addition for the Hawks, but it will be interesting to see how they manage the cap in the next year or two. They have Hossa and Brian Campbell signed to long-term, big dollar deals, and after next season young snipers Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both become unrestricted free agents who will be looking for big raises from their current rookie deals.

At any rate, another former Winterhawk with ties to Chicago is on the move. Defenseman Matt Walker, who spent last season with the Blackhawks, has signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning, making him the second D-man to ink with the Bolts today after long-time Vancouver Canuck Mattias Ohlund.

Defense was a big priority for Tampa (in much the same way water is a priority for fish) after they surrendered 279 goals last season, tying the third-highest total in the league. Not one of their defensemen was on the positive side in the plus/minus department last year, while Ohlund was a +14 and Walker a +7.

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Forgot to add this when I initially posted this entry earlier this afternoon…

The local papers have a few Hawks-related articles out there today.

The Oregonian has a story on Brett Ponich and how he celebrated his being drafted by the Blues, and includes quotes from his billets and Paul Gaustad.

Meanwhile, both the Tribune and Columbian feature stories on yesterday’s import draft.

Lastly, we have an interview with Killian Hutt over at winterhawks.com.

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looks like Hossa has learned his lesson from his time in Detroit you cant just join a championship team you need to help build it.Well at least I can root for him again now that he is not a RED WING

Comment by Hawksfan since'76

Agree with you Hawksfan! Had a very hard time with him being a Red Wing! I can give all my support to him now as a Blackhawk! Woo-hoo!

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