The Blackhawks Convention recap will be coming soon. I just had to recover from the Convention hangover, and then recover from the sickness that followed the hangover.
Here’s what we’ve missed.
Michael Frolik finally re-signed! On July 15, Frolik signed to a three-year, $7 million contract, according to ESPN Chicago. ThisÂ works out to $2.33 million per year, which seems a little on the high side. However, since the Blackhawks managed to sign Stalberg to a bargain contract, it all balances out in the end.
Here’s what Stan Bowman had to say about Frolik:
“Like I said when we started this whole process, Michael’s an important part of the team. He’s the guy that we expect to be part of our group for a while. He played some of his best hockey in pressure situations down the stretch, in particular in the playoffs, and I think there’s a lot more to his game. We’re excited to have him here for three more years.”
Who else signed? Who’s leaving the team? You probably already know, but click on the jump, anyway.
The other big signing on July 15? Sami Lepisto, who played for the Blue Jackets and the Coyotes in the 2010-11 season. He signed a one-year contract worth $750,000. He’s not a goal scorer (his career high was set last year at 4), but he provides more of the grit that Bowman has been looking for from his off-season pickups. After his signing, the Blackhawks posted this interview. My favorite question?
What made you choose Chicago?
I’ve always really liked the city, first of all; it’s always been one of my favorite road cities and the team is great. It’s a great organization and all I hear is great things from other players. The building is always sold out, and the fans are really passionate. I love hearing that national anthem before the game; I always get shivers. It was an easy choice.
Lepisto’s signing meant that the Blackhawks had decided to part ways with Chris Campoli. This is what Bowman had to say on that issue:
“We tried to work it out with Chris,” Bowman said. “We worked our hardest. We went back and forth and made him our best offer and it didn’t work for them. So we indicated that we’re going to have to go another direction and they understand that. We ended up going to the free-agent market and we talked to a few people, but Sami was the guy that in speaking to him, he really wanted to be with the Blackhawks and that means a lot to us.”
Tonight, Chris Campoli was awarded $2.5 million in his arbitration hearing. As expected, the Blackhawks promptly walked away.
On Tuesday, Patrick Kane underwent successful wrist surgery. Here’s the press release from the Blackhawks’ head team physician, Dr. Michael Terry:
“Patrick Kane underwent surgery today to repair a scaphoid fracture in his left wrist. The surgery went very well and we anticipate a full recovery. Patrick will begin doing modified preseason workouts shortly and we hope for a full return to activity in six to eight weeks.”
Don’t worry, guys — he should be better by training camp.
In Rockford IceHogs news, Ted Dent was promoted to the head coach position after the former head coach, Bill Peters, left the team to become the assistant head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.
“We are proud to promote Ted to the head coaching position in Rockford, an extremely important role in our hockey operations department,” Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman said. “During his time with our organization, Ted has proven himself as a great leader and has developed a solid track record in helping players rise to the National Hockey League level. Our hockey operations department is full of talented individuals and we take pride when we are able to promote someone from within, like Ted.”
Finally, the Chicago Tribune has posted a story on John Scott and his memories of the late Derek Boogaard.
When John Scott looks in his phone, he sees Derek Boogaard’s number. When he goes to the dentist’s office, there’s a picture of Boogaard. And when he walks into the training facility in Minneapolis where the two worked out, more images of Boogaard adorn the walls.
But Scott, who will enter his second season with the Blackhawks this fall, doesn’t need help remembering his close friend, who died of an overdose mixture of alcohol and oxycodone this spring, a month shy of his 29th birthday. The connection the imposing men who were first NHL teammates and then friends will always remain in his mind and in his heart.
The room is suddenly incredibly dusty after reading this.