Tuesday turned out to be a busy day for the Blackhawks. They traded forward Dan Carcillo and they agreed to terms on an one-year deal to bring back restricted free agent Ryan Stanton.
Stanton appeared in one game for the Blackhawks this season and was one of the black acs this postseason. He skated in 73 games for the AHL Rockford Icehogs and tallied three goals and 22 assists for a total of 25 points.
His plus 16 was good enough for third on the team.He made his debut with the Icehogs in 2010 and has spent the last three seasons with them. In all he has played in 224 games and has totaled 60 points (9 goals, 51 assists).
Stanton, who will turn 24 on July 20, seems ready to play in the NHL. However his path seems blocked.
With the Hawks re-signing Nick Leddy and Michael Rozsival and having Sheldon Brookbank under contract, it means they are bringing back their top 7 defensemen. But just like the Carcillo trade was made to free up a roster spot, it is possible Stan Bowman could do the same with Brookbank to clear Stanton's path.
Stanton signed as a free agent with the team in 2010 and can serve as an example to guys like Jack Chelios and other free agents who were at prospect camp last week. Not being drafted doesn't mean the career is over.
After the signing it leaves the Hawks with three restricted free agents. Bowman has stated that Drew Leblanc will be re-signed and I would suspect that Shawn Lalonde will also return to Rockford. I can't say the same for Kyle Beach, who could probably benefit from a change of scenery.