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Cumiskey signs with Blackhawks

Jul 2, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT

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We wrote last week about defenseman Kyle Cumiskey’s desire to return to the NHL after spending a couple of productive seasons in Sweden with Modo.

Well, as first reported by Sportsnet, Cumiskey, 27, has agreed to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks. A source tells PHT it’s a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 in the NHL and $400,000 in the minors. However, the Blackhawks have yet to confirm anything. (Update: Confirmed.)

An excellent skater, Cumiskey played for ‘Hawks coach Joel Quenneville in Colorado, so there’s some familiarity there. Whether he can crack Chicago’s lineup remains to be seen, but it’s worth noting that, according to CapGeek, the ‘Hawks are currently a couple of millions dollars over the salary cap.

Even before Cumiskey entered the equation, there was trade speculation involving Johnny Oduya (signed for one more year before UFA, cap hit of $3.375 million), Michal Rozsival (signed for one more year before UFA, cap hit of $2.2 million) and Nick Leddy (signed for one more year before RFA, cap hit of $2.7 million).

  1. avfanforlife - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    He really showed promise as an AV – Hated to see him go and thought he might be back when it was reported that he was returning to the NHL

    • avscup - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      I’m not sure what you saw as promise. He was easy to play against and was pushed around a lot. We already had that with Siemens and Barrie at the time. Barrie has since improved and Siemens is still an AHL D. Cumisky will spend most of his time in Rockford. The Avs made the right call with Stuart. Now if Wilson can get healthy and back to his old tough self we will be fine. No room for a Cumisky type player.

      • avfanforlife - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        The kid could fly. He was young and inexperienced, and hit with several injuries. By 2010ish I think, he was starting to come into his own, but AV’s had a “different style” lets say (SACCO) in those years, and they didn’t let the defence play like Roy encourages now. Then the concussion, and that was it. He could fly around everybody, completely surprising other teams, but getting in trouble for doing so. He absolutely had promise, as did Tyson Barrie early on. (who is still a RFA as of now for some reason – Sign him already!) Now look at the speed of the team. His timing was just off by a few years. Obviously, Coach Q (who I believe had him as a player in his first year or two) sees his potential too.

      • avscup - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        He was a very good skater for sure but also very small and not tough at all. We don’t need our D men being offensive threats only. We need them being real good in our zone at D and he was not good. Johnson, Holden and Barrie will be good offensive treats, the rest have to take care of the house.

        He won’t play much if at all in the NHL. Yes Q had him before and I’m sure he is simply depth there but wait send see. Barrie is better and so is Holden because they can play D.

  2. parasolmonster - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Oldzsival needs to go.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Like the name. Yup, like Handzus, and you know he’s likely be slower this year.

      • twesty85 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        out of all the hawks that are rumored to be trade bait i’d rather see versteeg go

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        I think moving Versteeg is pretty much a fan consensus, and unfortunately they’d still have to make another trade for a pick or waive another player. Capgeek shows they are 2,216,795 over, and that is before Cumiskey.

    • wjarvis - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      That $2,216,795 is with Teuvo on the roster, but with Richards signed he’ll likely be in Rockford for most of the year. So if Versteeg is moved and Nordstrom (or someone with a similar salary) takes Teuvo’s spot place they’d be under the cap.

      I still think there is a decent chance that at least one defenseman is on their way out of town, but it’s possible for them to get under the cap without moving one.

  3. esracerx46 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Maybe their is a possibility of Rozsival retiring? Somebody is getting traded regardless.

  4. hawksin5 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    He won’t play in the NHL.

  5. pone27 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Been hearing tons of rumors about Leddy and Sharpie heading to the Sens.

    I don’t see Rozsival hanging it up when he can make 2.2 mil.

    Hawks are stuck with Versteeg. Bowman wanted him, Bolland hooked him up with retaining some salary, and now we gotta bury with him (unless someone is dumb enough to take him)

    I think we are all forgetting about Rundblad. Bowman is a huge fan of him, comes cheap, and has the same playing style that Leddy brings. Add Cumiskey, and Leddy is bound to be shipped.

    Expect Leddy and Sharp to be moved, Cumiskey and Rundblad to battle for Leddys spot, and then we have a debate on who joins the top 6 to fill in for Sharp.

    • bwana63 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      If they didn’t need to move Sharp to acquire a #2C, what’s the case to move him now? They can easily get under the ceiling w/o moving Sharp. So why? Who’s going to make the team better now? Operative words being better and now. I don’t see it, at all.

    • ngsm31 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      What rumors about Sharp going to the Sens? I look at pages upon pages of Hawks news everyday and have only seen rumors of Sharp being linked to the team he already plays for. Stop making sht up.

      The Hawks are 2.2 mil over the cap….not 5.9.

      Leddy yes…..Sharp no.

  6. chicagobtech - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    “Welcome to Chicago. Head down to the court house, you need to change the spelling of your name. In this town, it’s spelled ‘Comiskey’.”

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      yep, as of now its spelled like something most Chicagoans are used to Guzzling.

    • tone360 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Spelled “Comiskey” pronounced “Cell out”

  7. jernster21 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Cumiskey has wheels but he’s just another under sized defenseman who’s weak on the puck.

  8. cheggy1731 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Hawks have Klas Dalbeck, (Hjarlmason clone) Adam Clendening (power play QB) At Rockford and possibly ready to make the jump to the Hawks. Also Stephen Johns is. 6 foot- 4 230 lb bruising d-man that maybe but probably not yet ready yet for the jump up. If they come up, signing minor league replacements for them. But sounds like more is brewing

  9. kcprof926 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    I just don’t see the Hawks giving up on Leddy. They will trade Oduya and slide Leddy up to let him play with better defenseman. Sharp is going no where

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      I don’t see Bowman giving up on Leddy. Not saying Q has, but Leddy apparently has a generous timeshare in Q’s doghouse.

      P. S. If this Comiskeytman sees much ice time, Hawks are in trouble. He is a Rockford signing, hopefully to fill in for which ever of the big 3 defense prospects make the jump.

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