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‘Hawks acquire Rundblad, Brisebois from Coyotes

Mar 4, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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Chicago has picked up minor-league defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from Phoenix in exchange for a second-round pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The higher profile of the two rearguards is Rundblad, who was the 17th overall selection at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. This marks the third time he’s been traded — he was flipped to Ottawa for a pick at the ’10 Draft (which the Blues turned into Vladimir Tarasenko), then flipped to Phoenix in the Kyle Turris deal.

Rundblad has one point in 12 games with the Coyotes this season and nine points in 50 career contests. Brisebois, meanwhile, is an undrafted free agent that signed with the Coyotes last season, and has four points in 28 games for AHL Portland.

At first glance, it appears the ‘Hawks are restocking their prospect pool. The team has flipped away a number of youngsters lately, including Dylan Olsen, Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Pirri — all of whom landed in Florida.

  1. hawksin5 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    very excited. rundblad is gong to be great!

  2. lowenni - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Hmm. Don’t think there’s some bigger picture here, as Halford noted probably just the Hawks restocking on prospects. Rundblad is a very skilled guy who has a lot of potential as an offensive defenseman…that being said, if Leddy (a guy I’m very high on) can’t even get a fair amount of playing time in Chicago, then I doubt Rundblad will even be cracking the roster. Surprised a rebuilding team such as Calgary or the Islanders didn’t pick him up instead.

    • hawksin5 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      i think they did this because leddy is on the way out in the next 20 hours. hopefully to a place called vancouver for a guy named ryan kesler.

      • tfilarski - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        vancouver has enough defensemen. looking for offense and picks

      • lowenni - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        Kesler won’t be going to the Hawks. Also, don’t think the Nucks would want Leddy given they’re already stacked on D. Rundblad wouldn’t be a replacement for Leddy because his defensive game is not good enough for the NHL yet and on a contending team that weakens them. I think this is probably just a depth move by the Hawks, MAYBE a precursor to something bigger, but most likely not involving Kesler.

      • lowenni - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Don’t know why @tfilarski got thumbed down, he’s right.

  3. pone27 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    With Edler being danced around, wouldn’t surprise me that this could gear up for Leddy to be traded.

    Obviously this is not something being danced around publicy, but signs could point that way. Leddy is going to command a nice contract, Rundblad fits his type of player with a much better cap hit.

    As much as I hope that Kesler is being danced around with Bowman (thinking of when Campbell signed with the Hawks..,) its a shot in the dark.

    I personally wont mind if the Hawks get as loud as this move. No moves being made so far that makes me feel like Bowman should start getting drastic for this years playoffs.

  4. jpat2424 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Kesler is not coming to the hawks. So get it out of your heads. Go hawks

    • thebigwhitecat - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Agreed. Vancouver is looking for a second-line forward and a first-round draft pick for Kesler.

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Kesler is not going to a western conference team.

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