The Chicago Blackhawks have made a short-term signing to help their forward group, inking Mattias Janmark to a one-year deal worth $2.25MM. This deal comes after Jonathan Toews’ remarks in The Athletic, critiquing management for not indicating to the team’s core they were entering a rebuild.
In certain situations, Janmark signing a short-term deal may appear to be adding depth for a lengthy playoff run. The veteran forward played in 26 postseason games with the Dallas Stars this summer, recording eight points and 38 penalty minutes along the way. Following the other Chicago moves, however, it’s hard to see this as anything other than a house flip.
Though Janmark is better suited to a bottom-six role and has scored just six goals in each of the last two seasons, he did record previous totals of 15 and 19. That would indicate there is a little room for improvement in Chicago if fed juicy minutes, leading to a possible deadline deal to bring back more prospects or draft picks for the rebuild.
After letting Corey Crawford walk in free agency the Blackhawks will be going with a tandem of Collin Delia and Malcolm Subban in net this season, something that certainly doesn’t inspire confidence for a Stanley Cup push. The team also moved on from the last year of Brandon Saad’s contract, though did bring Nikita Zadorov, an established NHL defenseman, back in that deal.
There’s no doubt that Toews and the rest of the Blackhawks will have a chip on their shoulders this season as they try to prove that they shouldn’t be in a rebuild. Perhaps Janmark, who had to settle for a one-year deal, will be able to do the same.