Feb 8, 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Petrock83</b></div><div>First of all, yes I can. Danault, Jenner, Eakin, and Kadri, just to name a few. All are younger, have lower cap hits, and are better at faceoffs. Second of all, while his AAV is reasonable (which is arguable, but just for this I'll say it is), it is for two more years, and many teams need to sign guys next year (including us) so they can't take his cap on. I'm a Hawks fan, but a realistic one, and Anisimov isn't that valuable an asset. If he was, he would be long gone.</div></div>
Every single one of those guys makes more in salary than Anisimov in the last 2 years of this contract. In fact even Danault who is signed at an AAV of almost 1.5M less makes more in salary than Anisimov.
And lets take a look at what one of those players was just trade for...
Nazim Kadri + 3rd for Tyson Barrie (50% retained) AND Alexander Kerfoot.
Granted I can recognize Kardi is a better overall player than Anisimov. I will not dispute that, but to further put this into context, this was after only a 16 goal, 44 point year from Kadri who played on a great Leafs team. He plays no PK, and plays more PP time. In fact Anisimov had more even strength points that Kardi last year.
Saying Anisimov is worth only a 4th isn't exactly realistic.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>DonkeyLips</b></div><div>Seems like Chicago fans need to calm down. It doesn't matter who their gm is. It doesn't matter what players they trade. It doesn't matter what players they sign. There is not a single thing any human being can do that will make any difference. This team is done for. You all just need to accept that. The Chicago Blackhawks "dynasty" is over before it even started. They have no hope of making the playoffs or even being close to competitive as long as they have Jonathan "Mr. Me" Toews as their captain. He is the worst leader, player, and human being to ever be associated with the NHL. Even worse than Billy tibbits, and that guy went to jail for raping a minor. Toews is the most selfish, arrogant, piss poor excuse for a hockey player I have ever seen. He skates slow to the bench, soft as ever, can't shoot the puck, couldn't make a pass to save his life. Does he know he is allowed to play a little defense every now and then? When's the last time he even won a face off? Worst of all, he can't even grow a proper beard. Jonathan Toews is pathetic and so are the Chicago Blackhawks.</div></div>
This is one of the poorest attempts at trolling that I’ve ever seen. Take an L, bud.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>vmach</b></div><div>Kahun, has German citizenship, but he is CZ.
Yes, Panarin did buy Kaner a Rolex, but this is because Kaner went out of his way to help him get his bonus, so did the coach, not sure about GM thou. (Kane and Bread are friends and had chemistry and that is not small thing). He never hid his dislike about being traded to CBJ, he is a professional and he wants to succeed and he knows business is business, but if you read between the lines, its obvious. Given the right circumstances would he come back? Probably. But we are not even talking about him, we are talking about others that are looking to come in.
Yes all players you mentioned, did make money one way or another, but there are some kids that want to come here to play on the team they like, not just to play in the NHL. No everyone is out for the money, otherwise Mikheyev would have never picked cap strapped TOR. (most good Suiss and KHL players make more than ELC anyways).
Just saying it will be hard to get new talent to sign, if CHI gets this sign-and-flip reputation, cause they have many options on the table, thats all.</div></div>
The players that Chicago has signed as European free agents came to Chicago because they believed they'd get a real shot at playing games in the NHL. And they all did.
Panarin, Kempny, Kampf, Rutta, Kahun, Gustafsson, Raanta, Tikhonov, Rasmussen, even Nilsson got 2 games and he's a bottom 6 AHL guy. And these are just players in the last 5 years.
Tikhonov and Rasmussen are not NHL caliber players and probably never were. But they all got a real shot at playing in the NHL with the Hawks.
Kempny had a rough go but ultimately the Hawks traded him into a position where he could excel and he has and got paid. Rutta got paid by the Hawks for no reason last year and then was traded. Raanta is a starter in the NHL now. Gustafsson struggled to get a lot of ice time under Q for reasons everyone is aware of, but he still played 41 games his first year.
The rest of the players are going to have decent and well paying careers in the NHL. That is what players are looking for when they come over from Europe as UFA.